UCJANGBP40 Critical Writing: 20th Century Film and Film Soundtracks

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Veronika Nogolová, PhD. (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Libor Práger, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. Michaela Weiss, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Libor Práger, Ph.D.
Institute of Foreign Languages – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Timetable of Seminar Groups
UCJANGBP40/A: Wed 9:45–11:20 M13, V. Nogolová
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course will emphasize specific aspects of film style and narrative form through analysis of films screened or watched as homework, each week. To complement this, film soundtracks will also be analyzed critically. The course will take the form of critical writing analysis in class, concerning, for example, one film, or one section of a film. During the class, a short (approx. 200/300 words) critical appraisal shall be written. Midway through the semester, a more detailed essay will be expected of approx. 1000 words concerning one film or one soundtrack. A second essay will be expected at the end of the semester.
Learning outcomes
fter completing the course, the student will be able to: - understand the relationship between literary and film narration against the background of social and cultural changes - understand the specifics of literary and film depiction of reality - identify the connections between the past and the present mediated by literature and film - appreciate the importance of cultural heritage transmitted through literary and film production - work with literary and film terminology - use Chicago bibliographic standards when writing an academic text - interpret literary and film "text" as a structure of meaning - Improve your skills in writing academic essays - lead a professional controversy in the field of film criticism
  • 1. Introduction to the course 2. Introducing Critical Writing Theory 3. Principles of Film Form 4. Film Genres 5. Elements of Narrative 6. Thinking about Moving Images: Cinematography 7. Acting and Performance 8. Post-classical Cinema: Homage, Re-appropriation and New Directions 9. Film narrative: Image and Soundtracks in Film 1 10. Film narrative: Image and Soundtracks in Film 2 11. Film narrative: Image and Soundtracks in Film 3 12. Film narrative: Image and Soundtracks in Film 4 13. Final course review
Teaching methods
Presentation, class discussion, critical writing
Assessment methods
three essays, oral presentation
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2023.
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