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Courses - Spring 2022
CINE
Cinema and Media Studies
CINE245
Film Form and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
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.
CINE280
Film Art in a Global Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: CMLT280.
Credit only granted for: CINE280, FILM298D or CMLT280.
Formerly: FILM298D.
Comparative study of a variety of film traditions from around the world, including cinema from Hollywood, Europe, Asia and developing countries, with a stress on different cultural contexts for film-making and viewing.
CINE282
Heroes and Villains in American Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AMST213.
Credit only granted for: AMST213, HONR219F, CINE282 or FILM298V.
Formerly: HONR219F, FILM298V.
We will examine the complex, changing, and ever-present representations of heroes and villains in American film. Beginning with a foundational understanding of how heroes and, conversely, villains have been defined through classic Hollywood film, we will explore how these definitions have shifted throughout the 20th and 21st century in various narrative genres, including westerns, war films, film noir, fantasy, science fiction, and, of course, superhero movies. In particular, we will be focusing on how the hero and villain maintain or disrupt specific cultural ideologies concerning race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability. This course will examine how these various ideologies have evolved throughout the 20th and 21st century, impacting the ways in which heroes and villains are both represented in American film and perceived by diverse audiences. Finally, we will examine our own complicated and sometimes troubling identification with these heroes, even when they might stand in stark contrast to our cultural values and identities.
CINE298J
Special Topics in International Film Studies; Bagel, Lox, Action: The Construction of Jewishness on Screen
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listing with JWST219J. Credit only granted for JWST219J or CINE298J.

This course will examine the ways in which filmmakers have used the cinematic medium to construct Jewish identity, and the different ways Jews and Jewishness have been represented in cinema over time. We will investigate different types of representations of Jews, asking how they operate in broader social context and film traditions. Our goal will be to critically engage with the films and to grapple with such questions as: How is Jewishness defined by film creators? What are the points of linkage and rupture between the various films? Are Jewish films, if such a category exists, the product of a marginalized minority? How do definitions of ethnic film help analyze Jewish film? Can non-Jewish filmmakers create Jewishness on screen?
CINE302
(Perm Req)
Cinema History II: The Sound Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, or CINE245.
Restriction: Must have permission of the Film Studies program.
Credit only granted for: CINE302 or FILM302.
Formerly: FILM302.
Introduction to the international history of cinema from sound around 1930 to the present.
CINE319G
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Ecomedia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL329M. Credit only granted for ENGL329M or CINE319G.

Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, CINE245 or FILM283 or CINE283; or permission of instructor.
CINE329N
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Politics and Memories on Screen: A History of Latin American Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for CINE329N or FILM329N.
CINE332
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: PORT332.
Credit only granted for: PORT332, CINE332, or FILM332.
Formerly: FILM332.
Brazilian films from the late 1950s to the present with a special view to the relationship between cinema, society, historical dates, and social changes in Brazil. Taught in English.
CINE334
Soviet Film: Propaganda, Myth, Modernism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: RUSS334.
Credit only granted for: RUSS334, CINE334, or FILM334.
Formerly: FILM334.
A Survey of Soviet film from the 1920s to 1991, focusing on important directors, genres, themes, and styles. Taught in English.
CINE335
Transnational Chinese Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: ARTH391.
Credit only granted for: ARTH391 or CINE335.
Chinese cinema has made a big impact on contemporary world film culture. This course will introduce students to the films directed by some of the most representative filmmakers working in different geopolitical locations (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) and the Chinese diaspora. The films of these directors, in a spectrum of genres, themes, and styles, have inspired global scholarship, not only in visual culture and cinema, but also in the study of women's issues, gender and ethnic studies, as well as the fields of adaptation and intermedia studies. Students will explore these films in their socio-historical and artistic contexts, considering the influences and innovations that have shaped them and analyzing their reception by audiences and critics. After reading about the films they view, and participating in class discussions, students will be ready to complete their analytical written assignments, for which they will critically examine the films by applying key concepts such as gender, sexuality, race, gaze, style, representation, power, diaspora, etc.
CINE341
Filming War Zones: Representations of Wars in Iraq & Chechnya
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: ARAB341.
Credit only granted for: ARAB341, CINE341 or FILM341.
Formerly: FILM341.
Comparative study of ideological and cultural discourses in war films covering military conflicts in Iraq and Chechnya in late 20th-early 21st centuries. Materials include American, Middle Eastern, and Russian feature films and documentaries; theories of propaganda, ideology and popular culture. Taught in English.
CINE359C
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Disaster Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for CINE359C or FILM359C.

Exploration of disaster films in Hollywood and global cinema during the past century. The course will examine disaster films, such as Godzilla, King Kong, and Contagion, as a form of cinema's critical encounter with war, colonialism, and scientific development.
CINE385
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: GERM385.
Credit only granted for: GERM385, CINE385 or FILM385.
Formerly: FILM385.
A history of German cinema from the golden age of silent films to the flourishing film culture of the 21st Century. Focuses on changing ideas of the role and purpose of national cinema, as well as the cinematic representation of nation and national identity. Taught in English.
CINE388
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning: Cinema and Media Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CINE419E
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Media; Digital Storytelling with Archives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. Cross-listing with MITH498E. Credit only granted for CINE419E or MITH498E.

An examination and exercise of the reuse and repurposing of archival audiovisual content in new scholarly or creative work. Part of the course will be a survey and discussion of how different genres incorporate suchvisuals (experimental film vs. documentaries vs. narrative features vs. transmedia/storytelling vs. journalistic outlets), and the other part will be a lab wherein students will create a final media project - short documentary film, video essay, transmedia project, or news story - utilizing archival footage from select sources.
CINE426
Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: ARTH484.
Credit only granted for: ARTH484, CINE426 or FILM426.
Formerly: FILM426.
Modern Chinese culture, society, and history studied through examples of art, film, and visual culture.
CINE429K
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Youth, Identity, Nation: A Survey of Quebec Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with FREN499C. Credit only granted for FREN499C, CINE429K, or FILM429K.

A survey of Quebec cinema, looking at questions of identity, youth culture, gender, sexuality, race, disability, etc. in relationship to the evolution of (post)nationalism, from the 1960s to today. Taught in English.
CINE469W
Special Topics in Film Theories II; Cinema and Work
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Exploration of how cinema has represented work and the role of labor in society through its history and across different national traditions.
CINE499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Cinema and Media Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.