Re Film Viewing Policy for Film Studies Courses:
Our practice here has been to show films during classes, at least one per
That way, the students can see the film with the professor...and
interrupt the film when necessary to discuss sections as the film proceeds.
(This is a course,
not a theater screening.) For this purpose, we schedule the film class in a
arrangemnt: 2 back-to-back classes will add to 2 and a half hours, with a
breaktime in the middle. And then we meet the class two times during a
week...for a total of five hours, with two breaks.
The students read materials to prepare for the screening. There is some
and there is some discussion time. And they write research papers or
two-page essays on occasion outside of class. In this way, the total time
works out to about nine hours (which is about right for a usual 3 credit
normally a ratio of one hour in class for two hours out of class for nine
hours work, on
average for a student).
Absenteeism is the same--even less, most likely--as for other classes. It's
a real class,
involving serious lecture, discussion, and testing in class for the entire
time... and reading,
research papers, and interpretive papers outside class. Of course, we
to watch the film if they can before the in-class showing and discussion; but
in class, they
will begin to SEE the film in more penetrating ways.
University of North Florida
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