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CINE 201, Cinema Survey 1: 1880s to 1945

University of Mississippi

CINE 201 3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dave Nichols

Instructor name:
Dr. Michelle Emanuel

Instructor Information:
Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives, Professor

Phone: 662-915-1360 Email: Office: 221 J.D. Williams Library

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the course itself or the films mentioned. Email correspondence is preferred. You can expect a turnaround time of 24 hours to any email you send. If you are in Oxford and would like to stop by to chat, my cubicle is in the J.D. Williams Library, on the second floor (near Starbucks) where I am Head of Cataloging. I generally work Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., but since I am occasionally away from my desk, it is best to schedule an appointment if you can. Phone messages left after 5:00 p.m. will not be heard until the next working day.

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This course represents a survey of the film industry from the late 1880s through the end of World War II in 1945, from the invention of the medium through the transition to sound. By examining international trends and changes to industry conditions such as production, distribution, and exhibition, the student acquires a contextual understanding of the medium of film and its genres in the United States and around the world.

Textbook Information:

Cinema Survey / Michelle Emanuel. Kendall Hunt, 2017. (Chapters 1-8) ISBN: 9781524935030
Note: This text is also used in CINE 202

In compliance with UM Policy 10000907, ìIncome from textbooks and materials authored by faculty,î any publisher royalties generated by the sale of this textbook to students enrolled in CINE 201-202 are contributed to the University of Mississippi Foundation.

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint but not completed by the midpoint deadline will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.
Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. treat a film as a cultural text, understanding the work as a document with great historical and sociological significance
  2. apply the origins and development of cinema, major film movements and film theories, and the particular workings of the industry to understand films from around the world
Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
Discussion board
Week 1

Chapter 1: 1890s - Inventions and the Cinema of Attractions

Journal entry, Quiz Week 1

Chapter 2: 1900s - Better Techniques, Longer Stories

Journal entry, Quiz Week 2

Chapter 3: 1910s - Building Hollywood

Film questionnaire, Journal entry, quiz Weeks 3-4

Chapter 4: 1920s - The Last of the Silents

Film questionnaire, Journal entry, quiz Weeks 5-6

Chapter 5: Silent Film in Europe

Film questionnaire, Journal entry, quiz Weeks 7-8
Midterm Exam
Covers chapters 1-5
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 8

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.

Chapter 6: 1930s - Now with Sound

Film questionnaire, Journal entry, quiz Weeks 9-10

Chapter 7: 1940s - Watching the War

Film questionnaire, Journal entry, quiz Weeks 11-12
Chapter 8: Sound Film in Europe
Film questionnaire, Journal entry, quiz
Weeks 13-14
Final Exam
Covers chapters 6-8 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 15


Grading information must include percentages of total grades for each category of assessment

93 - 100% = A
77 - 79% = C+
90 - 92% = A-
73 - 76% = C
87 - 89% = B+
70 - 72% = C-
83 - 86% = B
60 - 69% = D
80 - 82% = B-
Below 60% = F


The grading format is as follows:

Film Questionnaires 20%
Journal Entries 10%
Quizzes 20%
Exams 50%


Testing Information

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Course Requirements: You should be prepared to spend 5-8 hours a week on readings, discussions, and assignments. Students are expected to read the pages indicated textbook, listen to the corresponding lectures (on YouTube), watch excerpts from the films mentioned in the lectures, and complete assignments according to their schedule.

Required Technology:

  • Internet Access, preferably high speed,
  • Consistent access to Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Blackboard-supported browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Flash player
  • Access to speakers or headphones

The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

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Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

  • Self-plagiarism is defined as re-using a paper written for another class and submitting it in whole or part for credit in another class, without obtaining permission from the instructor prior to the submission of the paper.
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To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

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