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"Matthew H. Bernstein" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 22 Aug 2005 10:08:59 -0400
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I make a short speech on the first day of class indicating that the students 
will be able to see things better on a big screen projection in a classroom 
than they would in their dorm/fraternity/apartment screen.  (I don't believe 
home theater setups have invaded student residences, but I could be wrong).

Like Amy, I also say something about how watching the film together fosters 
the creation of a class community for the semester as they experience a film 

Matthew Bernstein,
Emory University
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Holberg, Amy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: [SCREEN-L] Viewing policy for film studies courses?

> I've taught at a number of institttions where separate film screening 
> times are the norm for film stduies classes, and I haven't encountered an 
> attendance problem. The places I've taught have all treated screenings 
> exactly like other sorts of labs, which means they're officially scheduled 
> and included on the student's final university class schedule. I'm not 
> sure what the situation is where you teach, Aaron, but I hope there is 
> some sort of official aupport for your screenings.
>   I still put a statement on the syllabus that film screenings are 
> required, and explain that watching a film actively for a class is 
> different from watching it at home where it's easier to forget it's a 
> class text (and you don't get audience response from class peers, etc.) 
> just to make the importance of attendance that much clearer, but I really 
> do think that the culture of the schools is a primary factor.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Delwiche, Aaron
> Sent: Sun 8/21/2005 7:06 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [SCREEN-L] Viewing policy for film studies courses?
> Hi,
> I'm putting the finishing touches on a syllabus for an introductory film 
> studies course. According to the university course bulletin, students are 
> expected to attend weekly film viewing sessions on Tuesday evenings.
> What policies have other instructors adopted with respect to mandatory 
> film viewings? Do you take roll during viewing sessions? Do you force 
> students to attend the viewing sessions, or are they allowed to watch the 
> films at their own leisure? Do you require students to attend a certain 
> percentage of evening sessions?
> I would be grateful for any thoughts from other instructors who teach 
> courses with a film component. What approaches have you found to be 
> successful? What approaches have not worked?
> Thanks,
> Aaron

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