ENGL M50

Introduction to Visual Culture

Description: (Same as Film and Television M50.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Study of how visual media, including advertising, still and moving images, and narrative films, influence contemporary aesthetics, politics, and knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.

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Winter 2022 - I absolutely recommend taking this course with Professor McHugh if you have the chance! I took this class as a GE but ending up loving it. The workload was super manageable and TA's were very helpful when it came to walking through what they expected from the assignments and papers. The movies were all super interesting (I genuinely enjoyed every single movie) and the topics we discussed were very engaging. I never felt bored and I actually had a lot of fun in this course when it came to the concepts and applying them to the movies. To be honest, this class was a highlight of my quarter. There were four different types of assignments. 1. Every other week, there was a set of study questions (short answer questions) about the film you were watching that week. Since it wasn't every week, it was very manageable to do. 2. Take home Midterm essay. We were given a bunch of different prompts and got to choose which one we wanted to write on. 3. Final essay. Once again we had a choice on what prompt to write, and the final essay prompts had more options like "create your own prompt" or "do a creative projective" on top of traditional essay style prompts. 4. Participation, which is just going to discussion section and participating. Lecture was not "mandatory" and attendance was not taken (attendance only taken at discussion), nor did the professor call on people (for this quarter, at least?). The professor posted the slides, all the readings, and the films (not immediately, if you missed a screening you had to go find it yourself online, but eventually the films were posted in prep for the midterm and final essays). Once again, highly recommend, amazing course.
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