POLS 4160 _ FILM 3250 by wuxiangyu


									                                  POLS 4160-T01 & FILM 3250

                                          War and Film
                                            Fall, 2010
                                  Friday Screening: 8:30 – 11:25
                                 Monday Discussion: 8:30 – 11:25
                                          Rm. 160 Dafoe

Professor James Fergusson                            Office Hours: Mon/Wed, 11:30-12:30 or by
Room 351 University College                                        appointment
Telephone: 474-6606
Email: ferguss@cc.umanitoba.ca

Professor Adam Muller                                Office Hours: Tue/Thur, 10:00-11:30 or by
Room 462 University College                                        appointment
Telephone: 474-6416
Email: mullera@cc.umanitoba.ca

Lab Technician: David Smith
Multimedia Lab: 389 University College
Course web page: TBA

Course Content
This half-course examines the evolution of "modern" warfare along with the methods of its
cinematic representation. As a team-taught course linking Political and Film Studies, a dual
perspective is presented emphasizing the political, strategic and military forces at play in the
various wars examined, the nature and accuracy of their representation on film, and changing
attitudes and depictions of war in contemporary Western and non-Western films. Beginning with
attempts to come to terms with World War Two and its aftermath, particularly the impact of
nuclear weapons on war, the course goes on to consider conventional and unconventional war
during the Cold War and afterwards.

Each Friday, a selected film is screened, followed on Monday by a critical analysis of the film from
Film Studies and Strategic Studies perspectives. In addition to a required number of posts to the
online discussion list, there are two writing assignments for the course – a minor paper of
approximately 5 pages in length, and a major paper of approximately 12-15 pages in length. There
is also a final examination. Students achieving a B+ average on the paper assignments have the
option of replacing the final examination with another major assignment based upon a submitted
written proposal of no more than 250 words. Since this is an interdisciplinary course designed for
students in Film Studies and Political Studies, individual assignments will be tailored to
accommodate the backgrounds of students from both disciplines. Specifically, there will be Film
Studies and Political Studies essay topics for students to choose from.
There is no textbook assigned for this class. However, readings on specific films will be assigned
and will be available for download. They should be read prior to class discussion. Schedule of
readings TBA.


       Assignments                                   Grading Scale:

       Internet Discussion    20%                    A+      (90-100)               C+     (60-65)
       Minor Paper            20%                    A       (80-89)                C      (50-60)
       Major Paper            30%                    B+      (75-79)                D      (40-49)
       Final Examination      30%                    B       (65-74)                F      (0-39)
       or alternative

NOTE: Students are required to keep their copies of all graded assignments.

Internet Discussion
Students will be expected to visit the course website at least twenty (20) times and to make a
substantial (minimum 150 word) contribution to the discussion list each time. No more than one
contribution will be credited to each student per day, though you are encouraged to contribute to
discussions as often as possible. There will be no credit given for flippant or perfunctory
remarks, and although perfect grammar and spelling will not be required in order for credit to be
given for a posting, students should nonetheless endeavour to write clearly and grammatically.
Ideally you should think of this assignment as an opportunity to become clearer about issues
brought up but not finally resolved in class. All contributions will remain anonymous unless
students individually desire that they not be so.

The success of this class will depend to a great degree on students’ willingness to engage
actively with the films, the readings, and with one another. Students don’t have to be “right” or
to understand every last detail of the readings in order to volunteer their opinions. Class
discussion should be viewed as an opportunity to workshop ideas, and to explore uncertainties
and confusions, in an attentive, respectful, and mutually supportive environment. Students
should never feel shy about asking questions of the instructor or classmates of the readings.

Academic Integrity
See the policy on plagiarism presented in Section 7.1 (p.28) of the Undergraduate Calendar.
   1. Attendance: Please refer to section 6.1 of the Undergraduate Calendar. Students with an
       excessive number of unexcused absences risk debarment from the course and/or the
       withholding of academic credit. Please do everything possible to attend all scheduled
       classes and to be prepared for the class discussion

   2. Late Assignments: These will be penalized one letter grade (e.g. A+, A, B+, B, C+, etc.)
      for each day that they remain late. Please note that all assignments are expected at the
      beginning of class on the due date, and they will be deemed one day late if they are not
      received promptly at this time.

   3. Plagiarism: Please refer to Section 7.1 of the Undergraduate Calendar. The common
      penalty in Arts for plagiarism in a written assignment, test, or examination is F on the
      paper and F for the course. For the most serious acts of plagiarism, such as the purchase
      of an essay or cheating on a test or examination, the penalty can also include suspension
      for a period of up to five years from registration in courses taught in a particular
      department in Arts or from all courses taught in this Faculty. The Faculty also reserves
      the right to submit student work that is suspected of being plagiarized to Internet sites
      designed to detect plagiarism
                       Screenings (subject to possible revision)

Sept. 10   Saving Private Ryan (WWII, USA)

Sept. 17   Stalingrad (WWII, Germany)

Sept. 24   Dr. Strangelove (Nuclear War, USA)

Oct 1.     Brotherhood of War (Korean War, S. Korea)

Oct 8      Assembly (Chinese Revolution/Korea, China)

Oct. 15    Battle of Algiers (Algerian Independence Struggle, Italy)

Oct. 22    Apocalypse Now (Vietnam War, USA)

Oct. 29    Waltz with Bashir (Israel-Lebanon War, Israel)

Nov. 5     Blessed by Fire (Falklands War, Argentina)

Nov. 12    9th Company (Soviet-Afghan War, Russia)


Nov. 19    Black Hawk Down (Somalia, USA)

Nov. 26    No Man’s Land (Balkans War, Bosnia)

Dec. 3     Shake Hands with the Devil (Rwandan Genocide, Canada)

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