Hours: T 6:00-9:10pm
Location: HUM 305
Instructor: Sean M. Donnell
Phone: (310) 660-3593 x3187
Office Hours: MW 9:00-9:30am
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.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
SLO #1 Analyze selected novels, plays, and short stories and to compare them with corresponding film
SLO #2 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of adapted works in comparison with the original printed
SLO #3 Demonstrate an ability to analyze basic techniques employed by screenwriters, filmmakers, and
writers of fiction and/or drama.
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
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.
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If you have not withdrawn from class before the final drop deadline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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
adhere to the following rules in order to maintain a positive and productive
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.