EAC215 - Story and Screen

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Subject Title
Story and Screen

Subject Description
This subject considers the relationship between literature (fiction/non-fiction) and film by exploring how meaning and/or messages are conveyed in film and literary narratives and by analyzing the changes that occur in the conversion from one medium to another. A wide range of literary texts and their film versions will be offered for analysis in order to investigate how literary texts are retold in adaptations, remakes, and updates.

Credit Status
General Education-Literature credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify and define the key literary elements of a text

2. Define and discuss the cinematic techniques used in filmmaking

3. Recognize the function and purpose of specific cinematic elements such as lighting, characterization, sound, etc.

4. Compare and contrast literary works to their cinematic adaptations, focusing primarily upon the thematic, fictional, and dramatic elements of story telling

5. Analyze the adaptation of literary elements to screen

6. Evaluate the effectiveness of cinematic adaptations through the critical analysis of literary and cinematic techniques

7. Use accurate English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence mechanics to produce logical and coherent written assignments

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAC150 or equivalent

Topic Outline
Students will develop and demonstrate their competence in written expression, reading, and research skills by exploring such topics as literary  and cinematic techniques (cinematography), approaches to film analysis, thematic elements in narrative, issues of interpretation from from print to screen, and such concepts as story, mise en scène, movement, and sound.

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or computer-aided instruction.   

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw-Hill     Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style): http://library.senecacollege.ca/Research_Help/Citing_Sources/mla_guide.html

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy.

Term Work
The term work will constitute 75% of the final grade. The instructor's class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value.  All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.
Final Examination:
The final examination will constitute 25% of the final grade. Students will respond to the exam questions in essay form that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC215: Story and Screen.

Grading scheme:                       

Written Assignments (x2) 30%
Content Quizzes 10%
Seminar with Written Analysis 15%
Major Paper 20%
Final Examination 25%

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood