Hello and welcome to History of Film. My name is Juan Monroy, and I’ll be your instructor this semester.
With our attention focused on Washington, D.C. and on the inauguration, we will not be having a synchronous meeting for Wednesday, January 20. Instead, please read this welcome message about the course and complete the tasks listed at the end of this message, under the heading “To Do Today.”
I look forward to meeting you at our first synchronous meeting on January 27.
I developed this course for the History of Art and Design department at Pratt, and one the challenges I’ve struggled with is figuring out how to compress the history of film into a one-semester course that meets only once a week. By comparison, my own undergraduate course in film history was a year-long course that met five days a week.
A professor of mine from many years ago explained that a syllabus is a story or an argument about your approach to studying a topic. In this course, I will be “telling a story” about the history film in two parts:
We will be omitting a great deal of filmmaking that occurred in the past thirteen decades, but we will have an understanding of two broad themes that I think do speak about how film has developed over that time.
Everything you need to know about this course is available at https://juanmonroy.com/filmhistory. This course website references all the policies for this course, lists and explains the assignments, outlines the course schedule, and includes links to everything you’ll need for this course.
We will be using Canvas in a limited role, mostly for quizzes, essays and exams. There are also links to some screenings.
Canvas does not list any required readings nor most of the screenings that you must do for this class.
You can contact me in of the following ways:
Assigned readings are listed in the course schedule below and available from the following sources:
Complete the readings by the date listed on the course schedule.
The course website contains information about how to get the Film History: An Introduction textbook.
Each Thursday morning, I will post a reading quiz on Canvas. The quiz will consist of true-false and multiple choice questions. Complete each quiz by the day before our class meeting, at 11:59 PM, as noted in the course schedule. Ten of twelve quizzes are required.
Watch each of the films listed by the date indicated on the course schedule. I have listed a number of sources where you can watch these films, including:
Each module requires you to watch a recorded lecture. The recorded lectures move through the course material quicker than an in-person lecture. As you watch each video, pause and rewind the video as necessary to take notes on the material. This will help ensure you’re ingesting the course material.
Each video will be linked on the course schedule and on Canvas and available on the Thursday before the date on the syllabus.
We will have an hourlong, weekly discussion session on Zoom, at the following time:
Yes, I know that the course schedule says we meet at 9:00 AM, but since our synchronous session will only be for an hour, I figured we could start at 10:00 AM and get an extra hour of sleep.
The link to join, which is also available on the course website, is https://pratt.zoom.us/j/99256846159?pwd=SVNicVJMMlN5OTdrd2ZNUXQ1ZEUrQT09
In these sessions, we will discuss the major issues relating to that week's module on the history of film.
We will be writing two essays throughout the semester, capping off the two broad themes in our study of film history.
We will be taking two exams, both of which consist of two types of questions:
The exams will be available on Canvas:
Your final grade will be based on the following assignments. Each assignment is worth 20%.
Please complete these tasks within the next week:
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or ask a question on the discussion board in Canvas.