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Courses - Summer 2021
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Film Form and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: ENGL245.
Credit only granted for: ENGL245, CINE245 or FILM245.
Formerly: FILM245.
Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Disney without Disney: The Afterlives of Children's Media Icons
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with SLLC368A. Credit only granted for: FILM319B or SLLC368A.
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Contemporary World Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Through screenings, readings, and discussions, this asynchronous online course offers students the opportunity to examine major films (such as 300, Hero, Hugo, Hulk, Life of Pi, Minority Report, and Tron: Legacy) in terms of the narrative power of digital visual effects in contemporary world cinema. We will screen films in different genres in order to understand current artistic, critical, ideological, and theoretical debates in cinema and media studies.

Cross-listed with SLLC368C. Credit only granted for: FILM329C or SLLC368C.
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Sports in Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with SLLC368T. Credit only granted for: FILM329T or SLLC368T.
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Downton Abbey in Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with SLLC368J. Credit only granted for: FILM359J or SLLC368J.

This course examines "Downton Abbey" within the larger context of the Heritage film and Nostalgia industry. How do TV programs like Downton (and its 2019 film), The Crown, Bridgerton, and other period series market "Britishness" to American audiences, especially in the age of Brexit?
Animation and Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, or CINE245; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities.
Credit only granted for: CINE412, FILM412 or ENGL468C.
Formerly: FILM412.
An examination of animation in art, cinema, and other media.
Cross-listed with SLLC468F. Credit only granted for: FILM412 or SLLC468F.
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Serialized Television in the Arab World: Drama, Action, and Political Dissent
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ARAB499G. Credit only granted for: FILM429A or ARAB499G.

This course focuses on the genre of serialized television in the Arabic-speaking countries, including miniseries, Ramadan soap operas, and the recent category of Netflix-produced Arabic shows. We will examine the history and core elements of this genre both globally and as pertaining to the Arab world.

An important vehicle of cultural and artistic expression, Arabic television series interrogate pressing sociocultural and political issues - often in "real time." This course focuses on a selection of critically acclaimed television shows that offer commentary on such issues as national identity; religious fundamentalism and perceptions of ISIS; gender equality and the institution of marriage; and political and cultural regional tensions in the Arab world. All course materials are in English.
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Science Fiction Cinema: Masterworks
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with SLLC468M. Credit only granted for: FILM459M or SLLC468M.

This online course will screen and study the most important masterworks in science fiction cinema. Themes and representative works may include space fantasy (Star Wars series, Alien series), futuristic world (Metropolis, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Dark City), alien intrusions (The Thing, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Fifth Elements, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial), time travel (Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future series, Terminator series, Stargate), disasters (Twelve Monkeys, Armageddon), mental powers(Star Trek, The Dead Zone, Phenomenon) biological science and mutations (Frankenstein, Jurassic Park, Gattaca, Junior, Godzilla, Them). We will also cover key concepts of Media Language, Audience, Institution, and Representation of Gender and Race.