Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Readings and Screenings

In addition to reading assignments, this course requires some viewing of assigned films. A close reading of assigned texts, as well as a fresh viewing of required films by the due date, is indispensable to class discussions and to successfully completing the course.

Class Participation and Presentations

Informed participation in class discussions is required of each student for successful completion of the course. Each student will be asked to select a topic of interest for ongoing individual research, which will form the basis of the final written project. In addition, students will engage in further research of a selected topic for their oral presentation.

Written Assignments

For each text, students will write three talking points (1 paragraph each) and/or a 2-page journal response. You should bring a hard copy of your writing to class, as it is the basis of in-class discussions. In addition, these responses should be collected by the student and handed in as a journal at the end of semester.


The major components of the course grade are:

  • Readings/screenings
  • Journal responses and/or talking points
  • Midterm essay (4-6 pages)
  • Final research paper (10 pages)
  • Attendance and active participation
  • Oral presentation