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I've watched less than 100 movies in my life, have 0 musical knowledge, and hardly knows anything about American culture.
So naturally, I struggled to grasp the concepts the professor teaches about music in films in general. I skipped some lectures and barely talked in discussion. However, the midterm and final exams are very easy (100% on both) and my TA was understanding. The hardest part was the essay which took so much researching especially if you can't analyze music.
In the end, I appreciate the diversity of films that came from various countries we had to watch and learned so much about music. It was worth my time.
Awesome class if you are interested in the material. The class focuses a lot on the history of sound and music in film. Assignments are watching a weekly movie, a short weekly journal, a midterm, final, and a paper on a film of your choice. I had a great time learning the material, and it definitely changed the way I view films now. Attendance in discussion was mandatory. Writing (esp. the exams) was graded pretty leniently IMO
Overall, a fun and easy GE to take. The lectures were interesting but weren't essential to attend. They did help answer the questions for the midterm. There were assigned readings, but you didn't really need to read them, only to use them to cite in your midterm.
- Weekly journals (super short, just reflecting on what you learned in the past week)
- One midterm where we answered a few short questions on the material
- A final paper on the music in a movie of your choice
- A final assessment where we answered one long question
This class was such an easy GE and the prof was super chill. The lectures were boring but some of them were cool, a lot of it was the history of film and scores. Your grading is by the TAs but all of them are super lax (the average for our midterm was a 98). You have a weekly movie to watch, some readings each week, and a 250 word journal entry due each week. There's a midterm and final that are essay questions based on the films and readings that you have a whole week to do. You really only need to watch one movie during the first 5 weeks and one movie during the last 5 weeks that you can write about on the exams; some people I know didn't watch any and did perfectly fine. At the end of the quarter, there's a 5-6 page paper due on a film of your choice but you work on it throughout the whole quarter. Discussion sections are mandatory but we never stayed the whole 50 minutes and got out early often. TLDR; easy ge but can be boring at times
Honestly didn't know what I should expect coming into this class. Since it was asynchronous, every week we would have a movie to watch, a paper to read and lectures pertaining to that movie and other concepts. We would take about them in discussions and have to write about the/analyze the lecture content in a weekly journal entry. We had both a midterm and a final that were open-book and were week long as well as a paper to write on music from a movie of our choice. Personally, I did not watch a single movie since I have no patience whatsoever and didn't take any notes either, just listened to the lectures 2x speed and still managed to do fine. It can definitely feel like a chore if you have no interest in movies and/or music though. (+it is not easy to write a paper about music). I wouldn't takeout again but it wasn't too bad either.