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. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Film and Media Theory

JCM 212-001Spring 2018 | 3 Credit Hours


Jeremy Butler

Contact Information

UA Campus Directory:

Jeremy Butler
Office: 486B Phifer
Office hours: MW 9-10:00 a.m., & by appt. 348-6350



UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

No prereqs found

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

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Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be introduced to the major media-studies theories and will apply them to texts of film, television, and emergent media.

Other Course Materials

  • Films, television programs, and other video material are our principal texts. Most films/videos will be shown in class, but, on occasion, students will be required to watch online video excerpts outside of class.

  • It is recommended that students subscribe to the e-newsletter, Cynopsis Media, to keep up-to-date with the media industries.

  • Credits are available from the Internet Movie Database. Follow the links in the JCM 212 Outline of Topics to find them.

Outline of Topics

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


Exams and Assignments

  • Nine open-book quizzes on lectures/readings. Seven points each. Two lowest scores dropped. (If the class does not prepare properly for these quizzes, they may be converted to closed-book.) Total: 49 points.

  • Final essay exam: 20 points.

  • Three group and two individual in-class assignments: two points for group work; three points for individual. Total: 12 points.

  • Two critical analyses: seven points each. Total: 14 points.

  • (Eliminated: Peer reviewing of analyses: 5 points.)

Semester total: 95 points.

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. In-class quizzes/exercises cannot be made up.

Attendance Policy

Roll will be taken. Each student may miss up to four classes without penalty. Beyond four absences, a one point penalty per absence will be deducted from the semester score. Absence excuses are not required, but if you have serious extenuating circumstances that cause you to miss many class periods, contact the instructor as soon as possible.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.


Self-Plagiarism is not tolerated and is considered academic misconduct. Self-Plagiarism is resubmitting any part of your own previously submitted work without proper citation and permission from the instructor.

Digital Devices Policy

Please keep cell phones stowed away during class time--especially during screenings--unless your instructor has given you permission to use the during an in-class exercise. Studies have shown that students distracted by their phones have difficulty engaging in class discussions, distract students near them, and do worse on exams than students without phones. (See the Doonesbury cartoon on the distraction factor.)

Laptops, tablets, and e-readers may be judiciously used for reference to class texts or for online research during discussions. They may also be used for note-taking during lectures, but one study found that handwritten notes have some advantages over typed ones.

During screenings, all digital devices must be off--just like in regular movie theaters.

Any use of digital devices during exams will be considered academic misconduct.

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 University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.