Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

1. Finish watching Citizen Kane. Discuss.
2. What makes a good discussion? Brainstorm topics.

Come up with some questions for tomorrow’s graded discussion.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1. Putting it all Together: Graded discussion over The Wall, Citizen Kane and everything we’ve done since the beginning of the year. Open notes/book. Bring everything to the table.
2. Literary Criticism #1

Thursday, October 1, 2009

1. Film Study: Camera Movement
2. Literary Criticism #2

Friday, October 2, 2009

1. Finish Camera Movement lecture.
2. Assign “Cinematography and Content” essay. Paper proposal due in two weeks.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Monday, September 21, 2009

1. Pink Floyd The Wall Discussion in groups
2. Watch the deleted scene “Hey You”
3. Class discussion of The Wall imagery

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1. Lecture: Introduction to Citizen Kane
2. Read, Roger Ebert “Citizen Kane” essay
3. Citizen Kane: The Capitalist Manifesto

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1. Film Study: Camera Movement, part 1
2. Capitalism today---Is greed good?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

1. Film Study: Camera Movement, part 2
2. Watch first scene of Citizen Kane. Analyze as a class.

Friday, September 25, 2009

1. Watch Citizen Kane

Next week we will be having a graded discussion for Pink Floyd The Wall and Citizen Kane.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Monday, September 14, 2009

1. Quiz: Introduction to Sociology
2. Lecture/discussion: Carl Jung

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1. Film Study: The History of Film
2. “The Great Train Robbery” plus reading

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

1. Film Study: Film Basics
2. Film reading and discussion

Thursday, September 17, 2009

1. The Wall: What to look for
2. Begin watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall

Friday, September 18, 2009

1. Continue watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall

Take notes and look for symbols and meaning. You will be breaking down the film in a graded discussion next week.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Tuesday, September 7, 2009

1. Lecture: Putting it all together: The Sociological Theories, Part 1
2. Big Questions: Sartre

Wednesday, September 8, 2009

1. Lecture: Putting it all together: The Sociological Theories, Part 2
2. Begin “The Sociology of the Beatles”
3. Big Questions: Adam Smith

Thursday, September 10, 2009

1. “Sociology of the Beatles”
2. Big Questions: Nietzsche

Friday, September 11, 2009

1. Discuss Beatles songs
2. Go over Reading Guide
3. Discussion: Essay Writing


Friday, September 4, 2009

2009 Parent Movie Notice

Every year, we include many films in our analysis of American culture. These films are iconic in nature and reflect historical and/or sociological realities of American culture. Consequently, many of the films we will be watching have been rated "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Parents will be receiving a letter home listing the R-rated films that we will be analyzing in class. A copy of that letter can be found here.

The films we watch are for the sole purpose of a critical examination of American culture.