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Year 2019  School School of Culture, Media and Society
Course Title
Visual Culture in the English-speaking World (TCS Advanced Seminar)

Instructor CHAN, Edward K.
Term/Day/Period fall semester  Thur.3
Category Advanced Seminars (TCS) Eligible Year 2nd year and above Credits 2
Classroom   Campus Toyama
Course Key 2331514003 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code ARSF281S
First Academic disciplines Area Studies
Second Academic disciplines North American Studies
Third Academic disciplines Others
Level Intermediate, developmental and applicative Types of lesson Seminar

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2019/03/05 16:52:50

Subtitle American Auteurs
Course Outline  This course will explore American cinema in relation to the concept of the auteur: the director as primary author of the film despite working in a collaborative studio system. We will survey films by those directors who are typically thought of, or could be thought of, as auteurs, starting in the silent era and continuing up to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Films will have subtitles in Japanese; however, the course will be conducted entirely in English. Students need to commit to spending the time and the money to view at least one film per week (see "Assigned work before/after class" below).
Objectives  Students will learn to discuss films from an academic perspective and learn about various aspects of American life and culture. Students will also develop their English-language reading, writing, listening, presenting, and discussion skills.
before/after course of study  Students will need to watch one film per week on their own as homework outside of class. Films are available at the Waseda Central Library AV Room (, you must watch the film in a viewing booth) or at Tsutaya or some other video rental store (you must rent the DVD/Blu-Ray on your own). There will be weekly quizzes on each film. Students will also be assigned to small groups to present on two different films during the semester.
Course Schedule  (subject to change)
 1  Course introduction
 2  Charlie Chaplin, City Lights (1931)
 3  John Ford, Stagecoach (1939)
 4  Orson Welles, Citizen Kane (1941)
 5  Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo (1958)
 6  Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969)
 7  Martin Scorsese, Taxi Driver (1976)
 8  Woody Allen, Annie Hall (1977)
 9  Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now (1979)
 10  David Lynch, Blue Velvet (1986)
 11  Jim Jarmusch, Down by Law (1986)
 12  Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989)
 13  Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs (1992)
 14  Mira Nair, Monsoon Wedding (2001)
 15  Sophia Coppola, Lost in Translation (2003)
Textbooks  No textbook, but students will have to either watch films at the Waseda Central Library or rent DVDs (a few films are available online).
Evaluation  Weekly quizzes (14 x 5 points) 70%
 Group presentation 20%
 Participation 10%
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