English 39
Home Timetable English 1A English 1C English 39 Materials

 

Schedule
Scene Analysis
Research Paper
Socratic

English 39: Literature and Film, Section 6612 (3 units - Spring 2014))

Hours: T 6:00-9:10pm

Location: HUM 305

Instructor: Sean M. Donnell

Email: sdonnell@elcamino.edu

Phone: (310) 660-3593 x3187

Office Hours: MW 9:00-9:30am

                    MW 2:00-2:30pm

                    TTH 4:30-6:00pm

 

Course Description 

In this course, students compare original literary works and genres with their film adaptations. Students view films based on novels and short stories and assess how cinematic and literary techniques are employed to convey meaning.  

 

Course Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast the major elements common to both fiction and film.

  2. Define the techniques employed by fiction writers and screenwriters.

  3. Analyze the basic techniques used by fiction writers to create a narrative in short stories and novels.

  4. Analyze the basic techniques employed by screenwriters and filmmakers to create a narrative based on a short story or novel.

  5. Analyze and appraise the literary adaptation of short stories and novels to film.

  6. Compose comparative analyses of short story-to-film and novel-to-film adaptations.

  7. Evaluate novel-to-film adaptations to assess the strengths and weaknesses of adapted works.

 

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1 Analyze selected novels, plays, and short stories and to compare them with corresponding film

adaptations.

SLO #2 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of adapted works in comparison with the original printed

versions.

SLO #3 Demonstrate an ability to analyze basic techniques employed by screenwriters, filmmakers, and

writers of fiction and/or drama.

 

Required Texts

The Film Experience: An Introduction, Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (Norton Critical Edition)

Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk 

The Kill-Off, Jim Thompson

Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell

 

Assignments/Grading

Two Socratic Exams, each worth one letter grade.

Two Take-Home Exams, each worth one letter grade.

One Scene Analysis Paper, worth two letter grades.

One Research Paper, worth two letter grades.  

 

Attendance

In order for you to maximize your understanding and appreciation of Literature and Film, you must attend class faithfully.  According the El Camino College Catalog, an instructor has recourse to drop students whose absences exceed 10% of the scheduled class meeting time.  Keeping this in mind, a total of TWO (2) absences—excused or otherwise—are allowable without penalty; however, exceeding this limit may result in your being dropped from the course.  This is meant as an incentive to keep you coming to class.  Do not expect me—under any circumstances—to automatically drop you just because you quit coming to class.  That is not the intent of this rule.  If you wish to drop this course, you must be responsible for it yourself.  I will not be responsible for dropping you from this course.  If you have not withdrawn from class before the final drop deadline requiring the Dean’s signature for withdrawal from this course, you will receive a grade for this course—no exceptions.  Whether you come to class every day is your business; however, you should remain aware that there are consequences to your actions.

 

Class Participation

Class participation is absolutely essential to your enjoyment of this class.  I will try to vary class activities so that everyone will be able to participate actively.  It is also crucial that you read all assignments by the dates given to you so that you will be able to fully participate.  We may not always be able to cover everything assigned for reading in our class discussions, but you will still be responsible for all of them.  

 

Late Work

Assignments handed in late shall be marked down one letter grade per class that they are late—no exceptions.  If you know that you are going to miss class when the Research Project is due, make sure that you hand it in early.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.  Makeup dates for the exams are possible, but the same rule applies: you will be marked down one letter grade for each class after the exam period that you delay the test.  Again, if you know that you are going to be absent on the date of an exam, schedule a time to take the test ahead of time.  Please Note: there is no way to make up the final examination.  It must be taken on the date posted on the syllabus.

 

Special Needs

If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations please let me know. You may speak to me after class, during my office hours, or by phone or email. Your privacy will be protected. You are also encouraged to contact the Special Resource Center on campus (310-660-3295) to discuss what accommodations and services are available.

 

Academic Honesty

Cheating on exams or quizzes is considered academic dishonesty, and it is unacceptable.  The use of someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledging the source is plagiarism, another form of academic dishonesty; it is likewise unacceptable.  Because you will be working with many readings in your writing assignments, you must be careful to cite other people’s words and ideas that you incorporate—by way of quotation, paraphrase, and summary—into your essays.  If you fail to do this, it is plagiarism.  If you plagiarize on one of your assignments, you will receive an "F" grade on that assignment.  If you plagiarize on your Research Project, you will receive an "F" grade for the course.  If I find you committing Academic Dishonesty (e.g., cheating on a test, turning in someone else's work, or plagiarizing), I will immediately report you to the Director of Student Development, and I will ask for the harshest sanction possible, which may include: a notation of Academic Dishonesty on your transcripts, removal from my class, or even expulsion from the college.  I have zero tolerance for cheating and plagiarism.  

 

Cellular Phones

In an era of increasingly prevalent mobile technology, cellular phones and other electronic devices (laptop computers, PDAs, IPODs, MP3 players, etc.) have become an interruptive nuisance in the classroom.  As such, these devices are not allowed to be turned on or used on in our classroom unless you have cleared it with me first.  Here are some examples of inappropriate electronic activity (this list is not exhaustive): your cell phone rings or vibrates in class; you answer your cell phone or leave to make a call on it; you are text messaging in class; or you listen to your IPOD or MP3 player in class.  The first time your electronic device interrupts the class, I will give you a verbal warning.  Upon the second interruption, I will remove you from the class for the day, give you a written reprimand, and report you the Director of Student Development for the appropriate disciplinary procedures.  Upon the third interruption, I will suspend you from class for two class periods (including the current one), and I will file another report with the Director of Student Development.  Any subsequent interruptions, and I will seek your immediate and permanent removal from my class.  Depending on other Code of Conduct violations, this may further result in your expulsion from the college.  Please reference the El Camino College Student Code of Conduct and Discipline for further information.  The bottom line is that I am attempting to create an atmosphere in the classroom that is conducive to learning.  If you cannot discipline yourself, I will do it for you.  

 

Code of Conduct

We shall adhere to the following rules in order to maintain a positive and productive classroom environment:

bullet

Basic Classroom decorum—no disturbances, no interruptions, no speaking out of turn.  Examples of improper classroom decorum include (this list is not exhaustive): having a side conversation when I am lecturing; unnecessarily leaving the classroom during class session; failing to stay on task during peer response evaluations; interrupting your peers when they are speaking.

bullet

No cursing.  It is neither professional nor mature to utter expletives in a classroom.

bullet

Allow people the opportunity to express their opinions without the fear of censure.

bullet

Treat everyone in the classroom as you would want them to treat you.

Any Code of Conduct violations are cumulative with electronic device interruptions.  The first time students break the class code of conduct, I will give you a verbal warning.  Upon the second violation, I will remove you from the class for the day, give you a written reprimand, and report you the Director of Student Development for the appropriate disciplinary procedures.  Upon the third violation, I will suspend you from class for two class periods (including the current one), and I will file another report with the Director of Student Development.  Any subsequent violations, and I will seek your immediate and permanent removal from my class.  Depending on other Code of Conduct violations, this may further result in your expulsion from the college.  Please reference the El Camino College Student Code of Conduct and Discipline for further information.  The bottom line is that I am attempting to create an atmosphere in the classroom that is conducive to learning.  If you cannot discipline yourself, I will be forced to do it for you.  

 

Top of Page