• Instructor: Roberto Dainotto
  • Instructor: Chloe Kaczmarek
  • Dates: 08/23/2021 – 12/03/2021
  • Meets: MW 10:15am – 11:30am
  • Instruction Mode: In Person
  • Room: Languages 305
What background knowledge do I need before taking this course?

The course has no prerequisites other than an interest in the topic.

  • Regular attendance and participation in class discussions: 40% of the final grade
  • Weekly blog posts (150-300 words):  30% of the final grade
  • Final presentation: 30% of the final grade

Attendance and participation. Students are expected to read the material assigned; watch at least once the movies required; analyze particular scenes according to instructions; attend and participate actively to class sessions.

Weekly blog posts. Once a week, students need to enter a short text (150-300 words) in the Blogs section of the Sakai page for this class. The short text entered should be in response to prompts received by the instructors and posted in the Blogs section. For Monday classes, blog entries should be posted by 8:00am of the same Monday; For Wednesday classes, blog entries should be posted by 8:00am of the same Wednesday. Late entries will not be accepted.

Final presentation. By the end of the semester, students will give group presentations to the rest of the class. Modalities for group presentations will be discussed in advance.

What are the course policies?


Please contact us at our email, and please make sure to include us both in any communication.

Office hours

Office hours will be on Zoom: you can request appointments for Wednesday at any time between 3:00pm and 5:00pm by clicking this link. For any other day or time, please write directly to Roberto Dainotto and Chloe Kaczmarek.

Discussion Guidelines

Civility is an essential ingredient for academic discourse. All communications for this course should be conducted constructively, civilly, and respectfully. Differences in beliefs, opinions, and approaches are to be expected. Please bring any communications you believe to be in violation of this class policy to the attention of your instructor. Active interaction with peers and your instructor is essential to success in this course, paying particular attention to the following:

  • Be respectful of others and their opinions, valuing diversity in backgrounds, abilities, and experiences.
  • Challenging the ideas held by others is an integral aspect of critical thinking and the academic process. Please word your responses carefully, and recognize that others are expected to challenge your ideas. A positive atmosphere of healthy debate is encouraged.
  • Read your online discussion posts carefully before submitting them.

Academic Integrity

As a student, you should abide by the academic honesty standard of the Duke University. Its Community Standard states: Duke University is a community dedicated to scholarship, leadership, and service and to the principles of honesty, fairness, respect, and accountability. Citizens of this community commit to reflect upon and uphold these principles in all academic and nonacademic endeavors, and to protect and promote a culture of integrity.

To uphold the Duke Community Standard:

  • I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors;
  • I will conduct myself honorably in all my endeavors; and
  • I will act if the Standard is compromised.

Academic Policy & Procedures

You are responsible for knowing and adhering to academic policy and procedures as published in the Duke Community Standard Guide. Please note, an incident of behavioral infraction or academic dishonesty (cheating on a test, plagiarizing, etc.) will result in immediate action from me, in consultation with university administration (e.g., Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Office of Student Conduct, Academic Advising).

Academic Accommodations
If you need to request accommodation for a disability, you need to contact the Disability Management System (DMS) office. I will work with that office to provide you with equal access to course materials and make accommodations for exams and other assessments.

What university resources can help me during this course?

In this section you may wish to highlight particularly relevant resources or other resources that are discipline-specific that are useful for students.

Student Support

Please consult with me about appropriate course preparation and readiness strategies, as needed. The Academic Resource Center(ARC) offers free services to all students (e.g., peer tutoring, learning consultations, ADHD/LD coaching, and help with online learning.

If you are concerned about your physical or mental health? DukeReach can connect you with departments across campus to get you help and you contact CAPS directly for counseling services.

Academic Advising

Consult your academic advisors on course performance (i.e., poor grades) and academic decisions (e.g., course changes, incompletes, withdrawals) to ensure you stay on track with degree and graduation requirements. The Academic Advising Centercan help you navigate who to contact. The university publishes a full list of academic policies for undergraduates to review.

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers free services to all students during their undergraduate careers at Duke.  Services include Learning Consultations, Peer Tutoring, Learning Communities, ADHD/LD Coaching, Outreach Workshops, GRE/MCAT Prep, Study Connect, and more. Because learning is a process unique to every individual, we work with each student to discover and develop their own academic strategy for success at Duke. Contact the ARC to schedule an appointment. Undergraduates in any year, studying any discipline can benefit! • • 919-684-5917, 211 Academic Advising Center Building, East Campus – behind Marketplace.