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Film Studies Learning Outcomes




  • Process
    • IR meeting with Chair
    • Drafted questions and outcomes used as discussion starter at FLS committee meeting
    • 5-college and interdisciplinary nature of major poses unique challenges
  • Learning Goals initial thoughts
    • Institution-Level Outcomes (related to essential capacities)
      • Research competently, think critically, and write clearly about the moving image.  Show the ability to sustain an argument and conduct appropriate in-depth research (scholarship, criticism, and other work). 
    • Some Proposed Discipline Specific Outcomes (in part linked to 2 core courses Intro to Film Studies and Film Theory):
      • Have an analytical relationship with media; know what to do with it and how to use it.
      • Have the capacity to act as a critical user of media production, not just a consumer (know how to use it, don’t just let it use you).
      • Be able to write about the moving image from historical, creative and analytical perspectives.
      • Understand spectatorship.
      • Understand cinematic and other media specificity
    • Learning Outcomes Questions – How coherent is the curriculum for Smith students given the nature of an interdisciplinary department with affiliated faculty who are not Film Studies scholars?  What is the effect of 5-college component of the major?
  • Potential Assessment Design
    • Examine existing artifacts for outcomes
      • theses
      • seminar papers
      • special studies projects
      • capstone courses







Quantitative Reasoning

Critical Thinking

Selected Departmental Learning Goals



Film Studies


Psychology Methods




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