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General Description:  This course offers the study of American society through the lens of popular culture, specifically film and the arts. This course will focus on a study of the history of film. Beginning at the dawn of the twentieth century, students will follow the development of film and the rise of popular culture, while examining how historical events influenced and were influenced by film and the arts. We will finish with a look at where film and the arts seem to be headed as we blaze a path into the 21st century.

Content:  An examination of Pop Culture illustrated by American film. Once the basics of early film development and techniques have been explored, the course is divided into units, featuring three films from distinct time periods of each of the following genres:

  • Comedy
  • Western
  • Horror
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Sci-Fi
  • Crime
  • Character Drama

Strategies:  Critical evaluation of film based on technical and thematic aspects of film and the time periods they represent.

Homework:  Mostly just completing worksheets and projects begun in class.