Requirements and Grading

  • Your course grade is taken in the forms of (1) essay questions for each film due on the day of discussion, and (2) in-class multiple choice quizzes on the content of the film, including the lecture notes, (3) four papers, and (4) the final
  • You can check your scores throughout the semester at here┬áso long as you know your personal four digit ID code; QA = questions and answers; QZ = quizzes; movie titles are represented by two letters, for example: Grand Canyon = GC
  • Four 3 page papers, 40%. Single space, 12-point font size, (2,000 words). Their due dates are indicated on the schedule below. The paper is an exercise of your analytical and interpretive skills. When writing your paper, assume that your reader has seen the movie you are discussing; it is therefore NOT a plot summary. As a film critic, you need to discuss what the director is doing rather than what the characters are doing. You need to be aware of the need to organize your fragmented and random thoughts into a coherent thesis or argument connecting all your ideas logically together. A film criticism is your interpretation of the film by focusing on one of its central themes rather than on several aspects of the film. Every time you introduce a detail or discuss a scene, some significance has to be attributed to it by way of analysis or interpretation. Write formally instead of the way you speak; and proofread to eliminate typos and syntactical errors. Points are deducted if you do not have a meaningful title that sums up your film criticism. References to secondary readings by critics are not necessary but greatly encouraged if they influence your take on a certain film. Submit your paper in Word and email attachment. It is your responsibility to keep for record a copy of each graded paper.
  • Final Exam, identify and interpret film clips; or answer take-home essay questions. 20%.
  • The instructor accepts works written in Chinese for (1) Q&A assignments, (2) quizzes, and (3) papers if bilingual students so choose; your proficiencies in Chinese language, your levels of Chinese cultural literacy, and your first-hand experiences of living in Chinese communities, while not required, are viewed favorably in this class.