"Movies, Culture, and Society" - Writing Seminar II
- Michelle W. Greenberg
- Wieboldt Hall 509 - Sa 9:00AM - 4:00PM
- There is no question that movies influence every aspect of our culture, from ideas on lifestyle and morality to race relations and international politics. But what exactly is the relationship between the movies and the way we think and behave? Why do some movie themes resonate with the American public and how have these themes evolved? Do movies bring about or simply reflect attitudinal and social change? These questions are the starting point for an intensive 5-week workshop and seminar that culminates in the submission of a college level research paper and several shorter writings. Students engage in a rigorous process requiring considerable work outside of class and consultation with NU Library and Writing Place staff. Because of the fast-paced nature of the class, students should have completed English 110 or an equivalent class in writing fundamentals. Presented in a five-week format (along with others during each academic term), to provide more flexible course schedule options, this course meets for five Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4. First class attendance is mandatory
- None. However, students who need a basic or "refresher" course in grammar and essay conventions should take Writing Seminar I (ENGLISH 110) or an equivalent class in writing fundamentals before taking this class due to its focus on analysis and research.
- Will understand through research and writing, the impact of movies on culture, politics, and our lives
Will develop the analytical and research skills needed to write effective college research papers.
Will develop a process for drafting and editing, and critiquing your work.
- Class participationDiscussionField tripsGroup workReadingsResearch projectSeminarWriting assignments
- Attendance: required; more than one absence or very late arrival may prevent passing the class
Class participationField tripsGroup workHomeworkPapersPeer assessmentReadingsResearch projectWriting assignments
- Quart and Auster, American Film and Society since 1945 (ISBN: 0-275-96743 (pbk)
- The theme is an enjoyable one. The whole idea is that you regularly watch movies and would enjoy writing about them. Our focus is American movies and their impact on society. In that way, it is really an American Studies class as well as a writing class. It is not a "film" class--we don't watch movies as a group; so if you have little or no familiarity with American movies, it would be more beneficial for you to choose a different theme-base writing class.
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