Course Overview


This section of ENGL 1102 develops communication strategies through a consideration of film genres, authors, and audiences. The course uses the WOVEN (Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, Nonverbal) approach to communication as it invites you to explore questions about how we think about films, their creators, and their audiences. Film texts will include selections from film noir, melodrama, musicals, science fiction, and horror. Students will be immersed in the study of film cultures as they view films on their own each week (or in informally organized group screenings) and in the occasional class screening; read The Film Experience textbook and a selection of scholarly articles; and produce artifacts in several genres/modes of film writing, including informative podcasts, critical reviews, and videographic essays.

The programmatic description of ENG1102 is available here.

WOVEN Communication

You will continue to hone the WOVEN communication skills you began to develop in ENG1101. Below are some of the highlights:

Written communication: (a) develop a recognizable critical voice and the ability to use it to make effective argumentative claims it in a range of genres and subgenres of academic writing; (b) foreground the value of your contributions to the discourse; and (c) identify legitimate sources, use them to further your own argumentative claims, and cite them correctly.

Oral communication: (a) explicate complex ideas to an informed audience in live and recorded form; (b) “move the conversation” in class discussions

Visual communication: (a) analyze visual style and its relationship to other filmic elements; (b) use the juxtaposition of text and image to support your argumentative claims.

Electronic communication. (a) produce podcasts using Audacity; (b) annotate digital media using Mediathread; (c) post blog entries in WordPress.

Nonverbal communication. (a) use eye contact and body language effectively in classroom presentations and discussions; (b) practice attentive and responsive engagement with others’ nonverbal communication.

Expected Outcomes

In addition to the course outcomes for all English 1102 courses, this course includes the following outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on your longstanding tastes and viewing practices, and cultivate an informed interest in different films, genres, and reception contexts.
  • Learn about the key theoretical and historical currents of film studies.
  • Develop fluency in film language and formal analysis.

*The image above is a still from Les quatre cents coups / The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959).