American Society in Film argues for various connections between American films and American society and culture. Looking at films from different genres and different eras, the course will interrogate three general connections between film and society: how films record prevailing American values and attitudes, how films sometimes protest and attempt to change values and attitudes, and how some historical films attempt to revise our understanding of historical events and eras.
Course Content, Purpose, and Goals (Area B)
Humanities 1002 is a course designed to help fulfill area B requirements. Ideally it should be taken during students’ first year at MSC. After completing this course, students will be better equipped to critically interpret the cultural significance of movies and to express their ideas about films both in writing and through oral presentations.
The following two texts will be available in the MSC book store, but you may also order a hard copy via Amazon via the links below.
- Belton, John. American Cinema/American Culture. (2008).
- Corrigan, Timothy. Short Guide to Writing about Film. 8th Ed. (2011).