UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

COURSE PROPOSALS

Form NC:

New Course Proposal

FORM NC

(2/00)

 

Discipline:

Humanities/French

Form NC #:

 

Date:

1/23/02

 

 

I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Hum 3401 West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr)

Same as Fren 3401. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students learn to read African films, recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world. Students who wish to apply this course to their French major or minor must enroll in Fren 3401.

 

Hum 3401H. Honors: West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr; prereq participation in Honors Program or #)

Same as Fren 3401H. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students learn to read African films, recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world. Students who wish to apply this course to their French major or minor must enroll in Fren 3401H.

 

Fren 3401 West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr)

Same as Hum 3401. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students learn to read African films, recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world.

 

 

Fren 3401H. Honors: West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr; prereq participation in Honors Program or #)

Same as Hum 3401H. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students learn to read African films, recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This is the first course offered in African cinema at UMM. It will fulfill the International Perspectives General Education requirement. It will also count as one of the electives for the Women’s Studies major.

 

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2002

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Sarah Buchanan

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)

No

To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?

None

Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

Seminar

 

Course requires:(check all that apply):

 

Laboratory sections

 

Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

 

To recognize the politics of self-representation, to explore the historical uses of cinema as an ideological weapon, to appreciate the beautiful works of filmic art being created in West Africa, and to write with clarity and originality about those issues. See attached syllabus.

 

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

 

Students will conduct a short research project on the representation of Africa and Africans in American media, they will write 3-4 papers analyzing various films discussed in the course, and they will take a final exam.

 

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:

 

VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.

Honors courses are are supposed to motivate students to go beyond the conventional perspectives on issues. This course will challenge Americans’ constructions of Africa, as the films taught deconstruct popular myths concerning the histories and peoples from West Africa. The Honors students in this course will extend one of their analytical papers into a research paper. They will also do an oral presentation in which they will present the results of their research to the class.

 

 

Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

MS

2/6/02

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

 

JN

2/6/02

2)

Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)

 

JFS

4/1/02

3)

Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)

 

 

 

4)

Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)

 

 

Provisional Approval Process:

If time does not allow for the regular approval procedures to be completed before the course is to be taught, or if a course will be taught only once, "provisional approval" can be secured for a one-time offering of the course. For provisional approval, curricular change forms must go through the following process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

MS

1/24/02

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

JN

1/25/02

2)

Division Chair, approving for one-time offering, sends proposal to #3

JFS

1/30/02

3)

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with concurrence of the Division Chairs, approves the course for a one-time offering