F1010 – Film Aesthetics & Analysis

Spring 2007

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:45 pm

224 Aderhold Learning Center


Mr. Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Room 729, One Park Place

(404) 651-0468



Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 3 to 5pm, or by appointment


Course Description:

This course lays a foundation for the study of motion pictures and their important contributions to cultural and social discourse.  Assigned readings, movie screenings and class discussions will introduce students to vocabulary, concepts, and perspectives helpful in the critical study of motion pictures.   Our aim is to examine the various ways meanings are generated by the film viewing experience.  This knowledge is then put to use in the completion of exams and essay assignments which offer each student opportunities to develop and demonstrate his or her own ability to discuss a film’s potential meanings and the manner in which these messages are conveyed.


Required Texts:

• Corrigan, Timothy and Patricia White. The Film Experience: An Introduction.  Bedford/St. Martin’s: Boston, 2004.

• Turner, Graeme.  Film as Social Practice, IV.  Routledge: London, 2006.


As deemed necessary by the instructor, additional readings may be assigned during the term.  Any additional readings either will be distributed in class or electronically via email.  More information will be provided as necessary. 


Readings assigned for this course were selected to complement class activities and screenings.  Therefore, reading assignments should be completed before attending class.


Course Requirements:

In addition to the assigned readings mentioned above, student requirements for this course include the following:


         • Attendance and participation in classroom activities/discussions

         • Mid-term Exam

         • Term Paper

         • Final Exam


Attendance and Participation: Each student is entitled to two unexcused absences, but keep in mind that failure to attend class is the best way to fail class.  Your attendance is expected and will be monitored. 


Mid-term exam: The mid-term exam will focus primarily on vocabulary and formal elements of film design.  It will likely include multiple choice, matching, and short answer questions.


Term paper: Over the duration of the semester, each student will develop an analytical essay that examines closely one film text.  This project will occur in three stages, details of which will be distributed as appropriate throughout the semester.


Final exam: The final exam will require students to use examples from class readings and screenings in the completion of short essays.


IMPORTANT!  Throughout the semester, class-related information will be communicated via email.  To ensure that this works as smoothly as possible, please be sure you have access to your student.gsu.edu email account, and that you check that account regularly.  If you’d rather use a different email address for class-related correspondence, please let the instructor know by the end of the first week of classes. 


Plagiarism, cheating, and/or academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated in this course.  Please refer to the Policy on Academic Honesty available online at http://www2.gsu.edu/%7Ewwwdos/codeofconduct_conpol.html for further details.



Students will earn final grades based on the following formula:


         10% Attendance

         25% Mid-term exam

         40% Term paper

         25% Final exam


Assignment scores and calculated totals will correspond to letter grades according to the following scale:

































Withdrawal Policy:

There is a new withdrawal policy for all undergraduates starting Fall 2006: All undergraduates are allowed to withdraw with a grade of "W" a maximum of six times in their entire careers at Georgia State.  Students who exceed the limit will automatically receive a grade of "WF" which will count as an "F" for GPA calculations.  Withdrawals taken before Fall 2006 will not count against the limit and neither will hardship withdrawals, withdrawals at other institutions or withdrawals after the midpoint. Withdrawals after the semester midpoint are automatically given a grade of "WF."


To avoid withdrawals, a student is encouraged to attend class regularly and complete every assignment on time.  Students should seek the instructor via e-mail or during office hours to discuss any problems with the course.  A student who does not perform well in class and/or on assignments and exams will be sent an e-mail by the instructor seeking a meeting to discuss any problem(s) the student is having with the course.  The purpose of the meeting will be to remedy the problem(s) and allow the student to find ways to succeed in this course. 


The department of communication's Undergraduate Studies Office will also be notified of apparent student underperformance, and an advisor will be available to provide confidential mentorship or to put you in contact with other university resources that can help you navigate this class.  At any time in the semester a student can seek an appointment for an advisement session with the Undergraduate Studies Office by sending an e-mail to advise-comm@gsu.edu or by going to 835 One Park Place.


March 1st is the last day students can withdraw from this class and receive a grade of W.  If you choose to withdraw from this course, please be sure to follow the Registrar’s procedure to make sure your withdrawal is official before the deadline, otherwise you will receive an F for the course. 


Make-up exams and grades of Incomplete (I) are reserved solely for verifiable hardships.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time during the semester to discuss your classroom performance. 


They’re your grades.  You earn them.