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Courses - Fall 2024
CINE
Cinema and Media Studies
Open Seats as of
07/19/2024 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.
CINE283
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: PERS283.
Credit only granted for: PERS283, CINE283 or FILM298B.
Introduction to Iranian cinema, society, and culture. Taught in English.
CINE298A
Special Topics in International Film Studies; Masterpieces in French and Francophone Cinemas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Crosslisted with FREN243. Credit only granted for CINE298A or FREN243

Since 1895, French and Francophone directors, producers, and critics have contributed to the development of film both as an art form and as a medium of communication. This course will present a large array of classic films directed by French directors who were internationally known in their times and have had a considerable influence on today's filmmakers in the US and abroad.
CINE301
(Perm Req)
Cinema History I: The Silent Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, CINE245, or FILM245; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities.
Credit only granted for: CINE301 or FILM301.
Formerly: FILM301.
Examines the development of silent cinema from the 1890s to the early 1930s drawing on at least five distinct national traditions (French, German, Russian, British, and American). Introduces students to key cinematic conventions as they emerged around the world.
Priority given to Cinema and Media Studies majors
CINE319C
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Images of Revolt: Strike, Riot, Uprising
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the relationship between images and politics by focusing on representations of three distinct forms of collective action (strike, riot, uprising) across various genres, geographic locations, and historical periods.
CINE319K
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; The Disney Studio and the Animation Industry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL329L. Credit granted for ENGL329L, CINE319K or FILM319K. Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, CINE245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of instructor.

By examining films, tv shows, video games, and other media created using the brand names of two pivotal children's media figures - Walt Disney and Jim Henson - we will explore different ways that these media afterlives continue to shape the relationship between artist and audience - even in the artist's absence.
CINE319M
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; Introduction to Filmmaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Priority given to Cinema and Media Studies majors

This practice-based course offers an introduction to the foundational skills, techniques, and principles of filmmaking. Prior film or video production experience is not necessary.
CINE329A
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Transnational Neorealism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST328J. Credit only granted for HIST328J or CINE329A.

Examining -- and trenchantly going beyond -- the allegedly Italian origins of neorealism, this course will use select examples from the global cinema of the second postwar to look at the transnational, cultural, and political history of this famous film style.
CINE329T
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Sports in Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the global development of sports, cinema, and politics as intertwined during the 20th and 21st centuries. Examining works by pioneering directors such as Ken Burns, Leni Riefenstahl, Martin Scorsese, Steve James, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Gurinder Chadha, Jafar Panahi, and Asif Kapadia, the course focuses on the critical depictions of athletes, coaches, fans, and families across cinematic genres such as documentaries, biopics, drama, and comedy.
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.
CINE337
Contemporary Chinese Art and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: ARTH392.
Credit only granted for: ARTH392, FILM329L or CINE337.
Formerly: FILM329L.
Contemporary Chinese art and film are arguably the most vibrant of all national arts at the turn of the millennium and have become the face - both figuratively and literally - of contemporary China, a complex society with historic overlays of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Communism, Post-socialism, and state capitalism. Students will consider a wide range of art forms (painting, photography, video, installation, web-based media, and film) in four broad themes (uses of the past; critiques of power; representations of race, gender, and sexuality; socially engaged art) and explore the complex intertwining of the political, historical, and aesthetic aspects in Chinese contemporary art and film, as well as the multiple contexts in which these artworks are created and circulated.
CINE359C
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Disaster Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
CINE359P
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; The Films of Martin Scorsese
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL329P. Credit granted for ENGL329P or CINE359P. Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, CINE245, SLLC283, or FILM283: or permission of instructor.
CINE359Y
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Orson Welles in Film, Theater, Radio, Television, and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL329O. Credit granted for ENGL329O or CINE359Y. Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, CINE245, SLLC283, or FILM283: or permission of instructor.

Actor, director, radio innovator, theater maverick, magician, talk-show guest, ad-pitchman, and unlikely social media icon, Orson Welles has been an icon across mediums for nearly a century. Using the heights and depths of Welles' career as our lens - from Citizen Kane to cantankerous commercial outtakes - this course will trace larger histories of 20th and 21st century media, criticism and theory.
CINE369V
Special Topics in Film Theories; Authoritarianism in Cinema & Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A critical investigation of the way that cinema and literature represent, convey, and themselves develop ideas, especially concepts relating to social experience and political organization. In this presidential election year, we'll focus specifically on authoritarianism and its corollaries (occupation, political repression, social stratification) as themes and issues in cultural production, both as forms of resistance against and collaboration with regimes of authority.
CINE388
Experiential Learning: Cinema and Media Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CINE419V
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Media; Videographic Essay in Theory and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: CINE301 or CINE302. Priority given to CINE majors

Explores the history and theory of the essay as a distinct form, paying special attention to the role of the essay in the history of cinema. Two thirds of the course is practice-based and offers students a chance to experiment and produce their own videographic essays.
CINE429N
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; New German Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GERS458C and GERS689N. Credit only granted for CINE429N, GERS458C, or GERS689N.

This seminar explores the internationally successful new wave of filmmaking that flourished in West Germany from 1962-1982. Focusing on the New German Cinema as a movement and genre, we will examine how the works of major auteur directors developed new aesthetic forms to engage with the Nazi past, colonialism and migration, feminist and queer liberation, and left politics. Taught in English.
CINE429V
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Chinese Machines, Global Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with CHIN418V. Credit only granted for CHIN418V or CINE429V.

Explores the working of Chinese machines as both a local reality and a global media form: how machines - cameras, computers, robots, and more - function as technological artifacts, media practices, and social apparatuses in the Chinese-speaking world and beyond. Topics include WeChat, databases, sex cyborgs, virtual idols, pandemic tech, and AI systems. Introduces students to a wide array of films, animation, video games, digital ephemera, internet memes, and social media events from PRC China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and across the Asia Pacific.
CINE441
Italian Cinema I: Neorealism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: ITAL436.
Credit only granted for: CINE441, FILM441 or ITAL436.
Formerly: FILM441.
Explores representations of Italy in cinema with special focus on identity formation and the movement of Italian neorealism and post neorealism. Taught in English.
CINE459Y
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Great Chinese Film Directors: Ang Lee to Zhang Yimou
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with CINE459Y. Credit only granted for ARTH488Z or CINE459Y.

Filmmaking is the most fascinating and fastest growing art form in China. Students will examine the films directed by some of the greatest Chinese directors such as Ang Lee, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wong Kar-wai, and Zhang Yimou. The films will be studied in their artistic, historical, political, and social contexts.
CINE469A
Special Topics in Film Theories II; Experimental and Avant-Garde Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An exploration of the aesthetics and history of avant-garde and experimental film from the very origins of cinema, up through the 21st century, within the context of avant-garde art, music, and literature throughout cinema's history. Special focus on American experimental cinema of the mid-20th century, with specific attention to the relation of experimental film to issues of race, gender, sexuality, politics, and identity.
CINE469M
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Film Theories II; Methods and Issues in Cinema and Media Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL759E and CMLT679B. Credit granted for ENGL759E, CMLT679B or CINE469M.

Offers an introduction to ways of reading, writing about, and teaching cinema and media. The focus of discussion will range from methods of close analysis and basic concepts of film form, technique, and style; through industrial/critical categories of genre and authorship (studios,stars, directors); through aspects of the cinema as a social institution, psycho-sexual apparatus and cultural practice; to the relationship between filmic texts and the historical horizon of production and reception; to the historical and contemporary questions arising from a comparative media approach.
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.