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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study, with video component.*
Area of Study: Humanities
Prerequisite: None. CMNS 301 and CMNS 302 are recommended.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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CMNS 425 has a Challenge for Credit option
*Note: Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.
**Note: Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Call Centre at 1-800-468-6531.
Film and Genre looks at the historical, economic, political and social factors that influence filmmaking, particularly genre films. The course explores the possibilities and the limitations of genres, and looks at some of the criticism that has dealt with the area over the years. Two of the primary questions that recur throughout the course are, “What constitutes a film genre?” and “How do we identify genres, and how does this identification influence what we see on the screen?” The course concludes by examining specific genres that illustrate the complex issues that arise when we look at so-called escapist films.
Choose two units from Units 5 through 8
Choose two units from Units 9 through 12
To receive credit for CMNS 425, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a minimum mark of 50 percent on assignment number three, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). There is no final examination for this course. The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Grant, Barry K., ed. Film Genre Reader IV. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012.
Other than the videos, which students will choose for themselves, the rest of the course materials are online, including additional readings and unit study guides.
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the CMNS 425 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, May 22, 2014.
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Updated October 24, 2019 by Student & Academic Services