Okay, Gang – how about this for a set of objectives? I boosted this directly from this course syllabus – like I said; I’m not interested in reinventing the wheel here, and these objectives feel pretty darned close to what I envision for my own course:
• Students will enhance their ability to understand, appreciate, and discuss works of literature through extensive reading and discussion of short stories, novels and plays.
• Students will analyze works of fiction and drama for plot structure, setting, characterization, theme, and narrative point of view.
• Students will develop an understanding of critical analysis of film through careful examination of cinematic adaptations of literary texts, focusing on character development, dramatic structure, and performance.
• Students will learn and utilize the terminology of film analysis, both those terms shared with literary discussion (character, plot, theme, setting) and those specific to cinema (lighting, montage, special effects, etc.).
• Students will demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and problems involved in the transposition of literature to film, applying terminology and critical skills acquired during the semester to analyze a cinematic adaptation of a text not discussed in class.
I would add to this an objective about learning to see film as literature in its own right – that a film doesn’t have to be an adaptation of a novel in order to be considered literature. I suppose I’d have to start with a working definition of what literature is for the purposes of the course, but that’s something I can play with as I go.
Does that help clear up for you all what I’m looking to do here?