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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Spring 2021
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: UC course transferability will be determined by the university after student transfer.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze the origins and evolution of the studied genre.
  • A successful student will demonstrate the ability to analyze representation of gender, race, and ethnicity within the studied genre.


Analysis of specific genres within film and new media and their evolution. Specific genres will be explored, considering their historic, aesthetic, structural, and cultural dimensions, as well as their mode of screening and distribution. Genres include film noir, horror, science fiction, disaster, war, action-adventure, musical, romance, comedy.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Identify and analyze the origins of the studied film genre and its relationship to literature, theater or other narrative forms; compare the film and new media form to that of its earlier stages of development.
B. Identify the genre convention, considering other aspects of narrative structure.
C. Analyze the representation of gender, race, and ethnicity within the studied genre.
D. Analyze the impact of new media distribution methods on the studied genre.
E. Examine the impact of changing social and political forces on a given genre.
F. Demonstrate proficiency in genre study through critique and written analysis of film.
G. Through research and study of international film and media, identify contributions to cinematic language made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Course Content

A. Introduction to genre in art and literature
1. Emergence of genre as routed in society and culture
2. The genre as found in art and literature, historical development
B. Exploration of historical context and evolution of film genre
1. Classical genre
2. Post classical
3. Revisionist genre
4. Impact of interactive and non-narrative forms of the studied genre
C. Exploration narrative convention and iconography within the genre
D. Global, industrial, popular culture contexts of genre
F. Multi-cultural, feminist, gay and lesbian theory within the studied genre
E. Evolution of classical genre to new media

Lab Content

A. Screenings and evaluation of film, video, or internet media, either on-campus or via the internet.
B. Feedback on tests and assignments, either in-person or online via chat rooms, listservs and newsgroups.
C. Cooperative learning exercises that require students to apply course content.
D. Group project presentation followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Forum-type room with projection booth, video projection system, amplified sound system, DVD, and preferably HD video playback equipment. Computer with internet access or laptop computer patch to system.
B. Library for film research, books, scripts, DVD/Blu-ray playback facility.
C. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with email software and capabilities; email address, JavaScript-enabled internet browsing software and videotape viewing ability as stated in (B).

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Written examination and quizzes that reference reading materials and lecture.
B. Research and analysis essays on individual films, videos, video games, and other moving image media.
C. Oral and multimedia project presentations that require students to demonstrate and apply course content.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lectures, presentations, and screenings that present and examine course objectives.
B. Discussion and critique of assigned reading and representative media.
C. Cooperative learning exercises that require students to apply core concepts in media.
D. Group project presentation followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
E. Screenings of media that illustrate and support course content.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Friedman, Lester. An Introduction to Film Genres. W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Grant, Barry Keith, ed. Film Genre Reader IV. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012.
Although these texts are older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, they remain seminal in this area of study.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Critical film and media analyses in the form of journals or online discussion assignments.
B. Analytical essay that requires student to construct, develop and defend an argument referencing a selected media work and the reading materials.
C. Analytical essay that requires student to conduct independent research on a media work of their choosing in relation to selected course topics.


Media Production or Film Studies