HUMN2350 Film and American Culture

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 6 - Humanities. This course examines how the Hollywood film industry has affected American culture, and continues to influence our society. By watching, discussing, and writing about films you will investigate the culture in which we live and the movies our culture produces. The history of the movie industry is an intriguing subject that reveals the evolving interaction of society and the film industry. Topics such as the early star and studio system, the Hollywood style, and narrative offer a base to explore various film genres and explain how movies both influence and exhibit American culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of American film history within an historical and social context.
  • Develop cinematic literacy via film critiques, analyses and discussions.
  • Describe how the technology of movies has influenced the American film industry.
  • Explain Hollywood film industry's place in American popular culture.
  • Analyze the role of genre in American film history, and the relationship between genre and American social history.
  • Illustrate "realism" and how it relates to motion pictures
  • Evaluate our roles as passive spectators of the medium.
  • Critically analyze films to appreciate the medium as art and an industry.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other