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Course Descriptions

ENG/COM 422 - Creative Writing: Screenwriting
Advanced workshop in feature film screenwriting. Analysis of examples of contemporary screenplays, with emphasis on the craft of writing screenplays. Class discussion and sharing of student-written screenplays.
FST/COM 146 - Media Aesthetics
Introduction to media aesthetics. Students develop awareness of artistic choices necessary for good television production. They are introduced to design elements and techniques available for use in media production. Students discuss and participate in creative visual thinking.
Prerequisite: major status or permission of instructor.
FST 201- Introduction to Film Criticism and History (MPF, MPT)
Introduction to basic principles of cinematic form and to major movements and issues in the history of cinema. Primary emphasis given to principal methods of critical thinking in film studies, from close analysis of formal and stylistic elements in a single film to more global ways of understanding and interpreting films within their aesthetic, social, historical, and political contexts. Includes screenings of representative films, lectures, discussions, group activities, papers, and exams.
FST/BWS/LAS/MUS/POR 204 - Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music (MPT)
Through music, lyrics and rhythms this course raises questions about history, national identity, social, religious, and ethnic diversity in Brazil.
FST/COM 205 - American Film as Communication (MPT)
Introduction to the study of communication via American motion pictures. Focuses on analysis of technical and narrative elements found in motion pictures. Screening of films provides backdrop for discussing visual impact of motion pictures as significant form of mass communication.
FST/COM/IDS 206 - Diversity and Culture in American Film (MPF)
Analysis of the representation of diversity and culture as portrayed in American motion pictures.
IIB, Cul.
FST/ENG 220 - Literature and Film (MPT)
Study of the relationship between film and genres of literature, focusing on a comparison of techniques of rhetoric, fiction, and drama, and those of film. Primary consideration given to film adaptations of works of fiction and drama. Extensive screenings of film.
FST/ENG 221 - Shakespeare and Film (MPT)
Study of selected plays of Shakespeare that have been filmed. Students read plays and view one or more versions of each play. CAS-B-LIT.
FST/AMS/ITL 222 - Italian American Culture (MPF)
A survey and investigation of the history of Italian immigration in America, the development of Italian American communities across the land, and the contributions that Italian Americans have made to American society and culture. Taught in English.
No prerequisites.
Offered once per year.
FST/ENG 235 - Classics of Film
Study of film classics from the silent era to the present. Particular attention is given to the evolution of narrative conventions in films such as Birth of a Nation, Potemkin, The Last Laugh, M, Citizen Kane, Rome: Open City, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and others. Weekly screenings.
Offered infrequently.
FST/ENG 236 - Alternative Traditions in Film (MPT)
Study of major films and cinematic trends in world cinema. Emphasis on film in which the classical conventions of narrative are questioned or disrupted. Study motives and methods of film makers whose concern is not primarily the telling of a story or for whom the conventional entertainment narrative is an object of radical investigation.
FST/HST 250 - History and Popular Culture
Topical studies of historical imagery as presented in the popular communications media: best-selling fiction, documentaries, school texts, 'popular' histories, and especially film.
Students may not take course more than once with same instructor.
FST/HST 252 - Representation of History in Film and Video
Attempts to familiarize students with ways that history is represented in film and video (as opposed to print). By comparing film to texts, analyzing narrative structure, and studying the techniques of film and video making, students learn how history is depicted in this medium. Introduces history of film by viewing and discussing works of several early directors who represented history. Films and directors selected for inclusion will vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: FST 201 recommended (not required).
FST/FRE/GER 255 - Visual Representations of the Holocaust
Studying the Holocaust is a profound responsibility yet also presents a tangle of critical and philosophical questions. The role of visual representations in the process of Holocaust memorialization has been particularly contested. In this course, we will approach the question of the visualization of the Holocaust through various media: photography, cinema, TV, graphic novel, painting, and architecture. Visual technologies afford an unparalleled means of sustaining memory but are also susceptible to voyeurism and commodification. We will explore the potentialities and limitations of these media and grapple with critical ethical, epistemological and esthetic questions they raise. Course readings and class discussions in English.
FST/GER 261 - German Cinema (MPT)
Survey of the German cinema from its golden age in the 1920s to the present day. Representative films studied both as aesthetic works and as historical artifacts. Films with English subtitles. Readings, lectures, and discussions in English.
FST/ITL 262 - Italian Cinema (MPT)
Discussion and analysis of major movies and trends in Italian cinema. Topics may vary but attention is given to social and ideological implications of Italian cinema and the way movies produce a critique of cultural mores. Taught in English.
No prerequisites.
Offered once per year.

FST/RUS 263 - Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema (MPT)
Critical survey of directors, genres, and movements in Soviet cinema. Screening of films from Eisenstein to current directors. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English.
FST/CHI 264 - Chinese Cinema and Culture
Study of selected films. Introduces Chinese cinema and, through films, Chinese culture. Works are from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and subject matter is both historical and modern. Knowledge of Chinese is not required.
FST/FRE/GER 265 - European Jewish Cinema
Survey of films by Jewish filmmakers, or films dealing with Jewish themes, from the 1920s to the present. Films with English subtitles. Readings and discussions in English.
FST/JPN 266 - Survey of Japanese Cinema
This course examines representative Japanese films from the immediate post-war era to the new wave of Japanese anime (animated film). Offered in English.
FST/BWS 267 - National Cinemas: African Film
Explores the cinematography of Black Africa. Topics may vary but the focus will be given to social and ideological implications of African cinema and the way films produce a critique of cultural mores.
FST/HIN 268 - Bollywood and Indian Culture
An introduction to major Indian historical, social, and cultural issues through representative Bollywood films. Screening of films from cinema legend Raj Kapoor's 1951 tour-de-force Awaara, inspired by Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp," to Director Richard Attenborough's 1982 Academy Awards' Best Picture-winner Gandhi, to Slumdog Millionaire precursor Salaam Bombay! directed by Mira Nair in 1988, to 2011 political crime thriller No One Killed Jessica, helmed by Raj Kumar Gupta. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English.
FST/RUS 272 - Cultures and Identifies of Eastern Europe: An Introduction through Literature and Film
An introduction to the cultures of Eastern Europe, from Poland to the former Yugoslavia, through representative twentieth-century literary works and films, with particular focus on the history of Eastern Europe's Jewish community and the tragedy of the Holocaust.
FST/COM 281 - Mediated Sexualities: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgendered Persons and the Electronic Media (MPF)
Examines both the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons by the mass media and the voices of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons as producers of media messages and as activists who influence media messages. The Kinsey Report, the Stonewall Riots, and the AIDS epidemic serve as major culture milestones for tracing the evolving portrayals of diverse sexualities.
FST/COM 282 - Sexualities and Film
An exploration of film representations of diverse sexualities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) from the silent era to the present.
FST/HST 302 - War and European Cinema
Explores how films have constructed ideas about war in 20th Century Europe. Examines films of the First World War, the Second World War, the Balkan War of the 1990s, and the Chechen War. Through readings, discussions, and viewings, students will gain a better understanding of how war is represented on the "big screen" and how wars of the 20th Century have been remembered and recast in film.
FST/ENG 350 - Topics in Film
In-depth and concentrated studies in film. Focuses on specific topics in film such as national film traditions (American, Japanese, French, etc.), genres (science fiction, western, detective, etc.), and themes (film and society, women in film, political conspiracy, etc.).
May be repeated once when topic changes.
FST/FRE 366 - French Cinema in Translation (MPT)
Critical survey of major directors, genres, and movements in French cinema. Particular attention devoted to development of film theory and criticism in France and their relation to film production. Screening of films by Renoir, Bresson, Bunuel, Godard, Truffaut, Varda, Resnais, Tavernier, and others. Taught in English; reading in English translation.
FST/ENG/BWS/POR 381 - African Lusophone Literature
A focus on questions of gender, race, class and stereotypes in the African Lusophone countries. Taught in English.
Prerequisite: Any literature course.
FST/ENG/BWS/POR/WMS 383 - By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women
Addresses questions about gender, race, class and stereotype of women's bodies in 20th-century Brazil.
FST 401 - Seminar in Film Study
Students critique series of seminal analyses of films as preparation for development of their own research projects.
Prerequisites: FST 201 and 9 credit hours of course work in courses cross-listed for the film studies minor.
FST/BWS/LAS 415 - Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture (MPC)
A history of Cuba in the 20th Century with emphasis on Cuban relations with other Latin American countries, the U.S. and Soviet Union. Examines economic, social, political and cultural issues with attention to race, class and gender.
Priority given to LAS minors.
FST/FRE 460 - Topics in French Cinema (MPT)
In-depth and concentrated study of French cinema. Focus on specific topics such as film's relation to society, its relation to the other arts and artistic movements, and its productive role as an object of philosophical thought. Topics may also include the work of particular directors, historical periods, and comparative social and aesthetic studies. Taught in English.
PHL 241 - Aesthetics
Introduction to basic notions of aesthetics, such as the definition of art, truth in the arts, characterization of aesthetic experience, etc. through examination of specific philosophies and problem areas. Readings may range from classical to contemporary thinkers.
Offered infrequently.
PHL 410 - Special Topics
Seminar treatment of selected topics or philosophers. New topics at student initiative.
Offered infrequently.
POL 220 - Movies and Politics
Course uses popular films and television clips to introduce important political issues and processes to a broad set of students. The movies for this course will focus on the actors, issues, and processes that are involved in politics.
Offered credit/no credit.

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Fall 2012 Courses (Oxford Campus)

Media Aesthetics (section A)
Prof. German
FST/COM 146 (3 credits)
TR 8:00-9:15 am
WIH 160
Media Aesthetics (section B)
Prof. Chess
FST/COM 146 (3 credits)
MW 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
WIH 160
Introduction to Film Criticism and History
Prof. Hegarty
FST 201 (3 credits)
TR 9:30-10:45 am
M 5:00-7:00 pm
BEN 100
Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music
Prof. Gândara
FST/BWS/LAS/MUS/POR 204 (3 credits)
TR 9:30-10:45 am
IRV 040
American Film as Communication
Prof. Scott
FST/COM 205 (3 credits)
MW 9:30-10:45 am
WIH 160
Representation of History in Film and Video
Prof. Kuby
FST/HST 252 (3 credits)
MW 4:10-5:25 pm
UPH 312
Italian Cinema
Prof. Fioretti
FST/ITL 262 (3 credits)
MWF 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
W 7:30-10:00 pm
IRV 040
Chinese Cinema & Culture
Prof. Yang
FST/CHI 264 (3 credits)
MW 12:45-2:00pm (IRV 120)
T 3:00-6:00 pm (IRV 009)
Cultures and Identifies of Eastern Europe:
An Introduction through Literature and Film
Prof. Chernetsky
FST/RUS 272 (3 credits)
MW 2:15-3:30 pm
M 6:00-8:30 pm
IRV 040
Mediated Sexualities: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgendered Persons and the Electronic Media
Prof. Drushel
FST/COM 281 (3 credits)
MWF 2:15-3:05 pm
WIH 160
Asian/Asian American Cinema
Prof. Jayasena
FST/AAA/ENG 350E (3 credits)
TR 11:15 am - 12:30 pm (UPH 365)
T 4:10-6:30 pm (UPH 312)
Topics in French Cinema
Prof. Hodges
FST/FRE 460 (3 credits)
TR 2:15-3:30 pm
R 5:30-7:30 pm
IRV 040

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Spring 2013 Courses (Oxford Campus)

Media Aesthetics (section A)
Prof. Chess
FST/COM 146 (3 credits)
MW 12:45-2:00 pm
WIH 160
Media Aesthetics (section B)
Prof. Chess
FST/COM 146 (3 credits)
MW 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
WIH 160
Italian American Culture
Prof. Fioretti
FST/AMS/ITL 222 (3 credits)
MW 12:45-2:00 pm
M 7:30-10:30 pm
IRV 040
Visualizing the Holocaust
Prof. Rose
FST/FRE/GER 255 (3 credits)
TR 12:45-2:00 pm
R 5:30-7:30 pm
IRV 040
German Film in Global Context
Prof. Ganeva
FST 261 (3 credits)
MW 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
M 6:00-8:30 pm
IRV 040
Bollywood and Indian Culture
Prof. Satyal
FST/HIN 268 (3 credits)
MW 12:45-2:00 pm (IRV 009)
W 3:15-6:30 pm (IRV 040)
Sexualities & Film
Prof. Drushel
FST 282 (3 credits)
MWF 10:10-11:00 am
W 6:30-9:00 pm
WIH 130
Global Media/Ethnography/Film
Prof. Peterson
FST 345 (3 credits)
MW 12:45-2:00pm
UPH 180C
Women In Film
Prof. Johnson
FST/ENG 350B (3 credits)
TR 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
T 4:10-6:30 pm
CUL 222
French Cinema
Prof. Hodges
FST/FRE 366 (3 credits)
TR 2:15-3:30 pm
T 5:30-7:30 pm
IRV 040
Seminar In Film Study
Prof. Schloss
FST 401 (3 credits)
WF 12:45-2:00 pm
R 4:10-6:40 pm
CUL 222

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