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Global Film Musicals

One of my classes this quarter is Global Film Musicals. It's taught by the guy I came to the University of Chicago to study with, and it looks like it'll be lots of fun, despite the weird formatting that caused the registrar to short out and list it with an entirely fictional meeting time in the course catalog. But all that's been ironed out now. It turns out that the class meets twice a day for six weeks, leaving the other four weeks free to devote to our final projects. The morning session runs from 9:00 to 10:20, and the afternoon session runs from 3:00 to 4:20. Lest you recoil in horror at this prospect, I will add that one of these sessions each day will be a discussion session, but one session, we'll watch a Global Film Musical.

Originally, we were going to spend the morning sessions discussing, and the afternoon sessions watching movies. However, one member of the class, who didn't realize what the schedule was going to be (because no one actually thought to mention it anywhere), can't make Tuesday mornings. So, we've been debating how to schedule the movies and discussions to make it worthwhile for everyone. We'll be watching two movies a week, which will be nifty, and it got me thinking about what time of day is best for watching movies in class. I can see merits to both a 9:00 and a 3:00 screening, but I'm wondering what you guys might think. . .

Poll #902371 Quickie Quiz!

So, when would you want to watch the movie?

9:00 -- Who wants to, yecch, think at nine in the morning?
1(9.1%)
3:00 -- Bleh. . . been a long day, low blood sugar, let's turn the academic brain off and watch a movie!
2(18.2%)
9:00 -- Better to see the movie before you discuss it.
6(54.5%)
3:00 -- After the discussion, you'll appreciate the movie more.
2(18.2%)
9:00 -- Other reason
0(0.0%)
3:00 -- Other reason
0(0.0%)

Comments

dot_o_choillmor
Jan. 7th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a poll before bed!

Ok, I'd actually far rather watch a movie in the afternoon but I went with 9am, because I do think it makes more sense to see it before discussing it. The other option, since you say you'll be watching two movies a week, is to watch in the afternoon and discuss it at the next meeting. But I could have misunderstood - you do have some weird scheduling!

It sounds like a very interesting course. I look forward to hearing about it! But won't they have to be pretty short films to fit in an hour and twenty minutes?
frenchpony
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Most of the films are pretty old, so I think they will fit into our time slot. I do know that at least one of them is four hours long, so maybe we'll only watch clips of that one.

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