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Courses - Spring 2024
CINE
Cinema and Media Studies
Open Seats as of
05/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
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.
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.
Priority given to majors in Cinema and Media Studies.
CINE319F
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Cartoons on the Page and on the Screen
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, CINE245, CINE283, FILM283, or SLLC283; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL329B. Credit only granted for CINE319F, FILM319F or ENGL329B.
CINE319G
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Ecomedia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, CINE245 or FILM283 or CINE283; or permission of instructor.
CINE319N
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Introduction to Filmmaking II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CINE319M or permission of instructor Priority given to majors in Cinema and Media Studies.

Expands on filmmaking skills and techniques learned in "Intro to Filmmaking" that revolve around research, production and post-production. Students will work in groups to produce polished 6-10 minute nonfiction narrative works based on a topic of their choosing. Emphasis is on quality research, planning, and carefully executed production. Assignment deliverables (including pitch-decks, treatments, select reels, radio edits, rough drafts, and final edits) and critiques throughout the semester will be in service of the final film project.
CINE329E
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Soviet Film: Soviet Cinema and Culture after Stalin
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with RUSS398F. Credit only granted for RUSS398F or CINE329E.

Provides a survey of post-Stalin Soviet cinema and culture. Examines thecomplexities of Soviet culture and everyday life, exploring the role of art and culture in an ever-shifting Soviet socialist system, and the place of the individual within that system.
CINE329I
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; American Jewish Comedy: From the Marx Brothers to "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with JWST319T. Credit only granted for CINE329I or JWST319T.

Since the turn of the 20th century, from the films of the Marx Brothers to current tv series, internet shows, and stand-up comics, comedy has served to express Jewish Americanness, and at the same time has defined much of American cultural life in a broad sense. This course will explore comedy as an expression of both American Jewish identity and American culture writ large, across several media: literature, television, film, the internet, graphic literature, stand-up, and theater.
CINE329N
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Politics and Memory on Screen: A History of Latin American Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CINE329Z
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Cinema and Migration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Study of how filmmakers illuminate human migration and complexities of labor, family migration, and diasporic worlds.
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.
CINE359Q
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; The Cinema of Steven Spielberg
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: ENGL245, FILM245, CINE245, CINE283, FILM283, or SLLC283, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL329R. Credit only granted for ENGL329R, CINE359Q, or FILM359Q.
CINE359Z
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; The Global Western
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Focuses on the afterlife of the Western, that is, what happened to the genre after its ostensible demise. We will follow its continuation well beyond the 1960s, and examine a certain contradiction in this most American of American film genres. If the Western embodies and expresses American ideals, then why does its afterlife reside to a great extent in non-American spaces and cinemas or as a counter-voice in American culture?
CINE369T
Special Topics in Film Theories; Post-Cinema: Theories of Media and Technological Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, CINE245, CINE283, FILM283, or SLLC283; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL329N. Credit only granted for CINE369T or ENGL329N.
CINE388
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. Priority given to majors in Cinema and Media Studies. Cross-listed with MITH498E. Credit only granted for CINE419E or MITH498E.

This course explores the practice of digital storytelling with the creative reuse of archival audiovisual materials. Students will write a media autobiography about their relationship to media throughout their lives (film, TV, radio, the internet, cell phones, video games, and more). One entry will be turned into a final media project - either a short documentary film, video essay, podcast, or digital exhibit - utilizing archival footage from select sources.
CINE429U
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Chinese Cinemas and the Underground
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with CHIN418N. Credit only granted for CHIN418N or CINE429U.

This course digs into the hidden world of film and media across PRC China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other diasporic Sinophone areas. Issues tobe explored include cinema's relationship to the Chinese Hell, revolutionary espionage, and tunnel warfare, as well as guerilla filmmaking, media piracy, subversive data mining, and forms of secret voices, forbidden images, and unofficial memories. Taught in English.
CINE431
Italian Cinema II (In Translation)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: ITAL473.
Credit only granted for: ITAL473, CINE431 or FILM431.
Formerly: FILM431.
A study of Italian society and culture through the medium of film from the mid 1970's to the present. Taught in English.
CINE499
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.