1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Custom Sections
  14. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  15. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  16. Severe Weather Protocol
  17. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  18. Religious Observances
  19. UAct Statement

Motion Pict Hy Criticism

TCF 112-001Spring 2017 | 3 Credit Hours


Jeremy Butler

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

No prereqs found

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Development of the cinema, with emphasis on relation of technical advances to film content and style.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will learn about the history of film and be able to identify some of the major conceptual models (e.g., formalism, genre theory, auteurism, and so on) that have been applied to that history.  

Other Course Materials

All films will be shown on DVD and Blu-ray discs in class. There will be no other screenings of the films. Films that are legally available online are indicated in the TCF 112 Outline of Topics.

Credits are available from the Internet Movie Database. Follow the links in the TCF 112 Outline of Topics to find credits.

Outline of Topics

Please refer to the online course schedule for an outline of lecture topics, film screenings, reading assignments and various course resources.


Exams and Assignments

  • There will be three objective (multiple choice, true/false) readings tests over the course of the semester. These closed-book tests will consist of questions drawn from the readings and the films, but not the lectures. They will be worth 15 points each.
  • Additionally, closed-book mid-term (25 points) and final (30 points) exams will be given. These exams will consist of questions drawn from the lectures and referring to the films.

Grading Policy

Grades will be posted on Blackboard Learn.

Grading scale:

A+ 97-100   C+ 77-79    F  59 and below
A 93-96 C 73-76
A- 90-92 C- 70-72
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 83-86 D 63-66
B- 80-82 D- 60-62

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Make-up tests/exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor. No tests/exams will be given before their scheduled dates.

Attendance Policy

Roll is usually not taken. However, If attendance at class sessions is poor, roll may be taken and factored into the grades.

Values and Competencies for Accreditation

This course will help you gain the following professional values and competencies, which are required by the Accrediting Council on Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The UAct website provides an overview of The University's expectations regarding respect and civility.