FILM 300: Peace and Violence in Third (World) Cinema

Earlham College, May Term 2014
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00-12:00. LBC 105
Instructor: Ferit Güven
Office: Carpenter 328
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by Appointment
Office Phone: 983-1399 (voice mail)
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Course Description: The course will investigate the concepts of violence and peace in Third World Cinema. After introducing the theories, themes and issues of Third Cinema we will screen several films from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. We will analyze how the concepts of violence and peace are articulate in these films, and examine the issues that shape these articulations such as colonialism, racial supremacy, economic inequality, cultural imperialism, political power and sexual domination

Required texts for this course will be on Moodle.

Learning Goals: In light of the following General Education Requirement Goals at Earlham College
*Close and critical reading, thoughtful reflection, ready discussion and cogent writing
*Increased adeptness in thoughtfully considering texts of all sorts, whether singly or in comparison with one another
*Multiculturalism in the study of international diversity
*Informed understanding of the arts through performance or creative fashioning as well through theory and history
The specific goals of this course are: to read, analyze, and reflect on the texts that are assigned for the course; explain and interpret the ideas in these texts in your own words; understand the compositions and explicit and implicit ideas, techniques and strategies employed in the films we watch; make connections between the texts we read and films we watch; understand basic film theories and concepts and be able to discern these themes in the films; articulate the ideas expressed in the films and texts in oral and written form.

Course Requirements:  This course will be conducted in a seminar format.  Attendance and participation are important dimensions of the course and your grade.  I expect you to come to class prepared and ready to participate, i.e., having read the text carefully, and ready to raise and answer questions.

You are required to write one final paper. I will provide paper topics for this assignment. For every paper (including papers on topics of your own choice) you are responsible for following the general guidelines provided.  See "Comments and Suggestions for Papers."

You are also required to prepare one-two page reflection papers on the films we watch for the next session (no extensions each 5% of your grade). The aim of these assignments is to think explicitly about the connection between the movies we view and the texts we read. See the guidelines for these assignments.

There will be no final examination. 

Your grade will be calculated according to the following distribution: Paper 30%; Film Essays= 50% Attendance, Participation=20%

Participation, Attendance and Policies:
Participation counts for 20% of your grade. I expect you to participate not simply for the sake of your grade, but hopefully because you will be interested in what will be discussed in class.
If you miss more than two classes you will fail this course regardless of your grade.

Our sessions will start at 9:00 am. Students are expected to come on time. Walking into (and out of) the classroom while the session (lecture and/or film) is in progress is very disruptive for everybody.
For every two late attendance (or early exit) you will be marked as absent for one class session.

You are required to bring the text (the book or photocopied material) to class, and refer to them during discussions.

Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and the Disability Services Office (Academic Support Services) at the beginning of the semester. Accommodation arrangements must be made during the first-two weeks of the semester.

Calendar: The calender and the reading assigments will be posted on Moodle. 
There may be some modifications to the calendar. It is your responsibility to be aware of these changes. Make sure you follow these changes on Moodle.

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