Graduate Course Offerings 2017 – 2018



Fall 2017 Graduate Courses

Winter 2018 Graduate Courses

Spring 2018 Graduate Courses

Graduate Course Descriptions (Film and Media Studies)

213 Autobiographical Screenwriting

Explores the creative process in autobiographical screenplay construction through writing exercises as well as film viewing. Seeks innovative means of character and story development including but not limited to Internet personas and autobiographical tourism. Offered concurrently with Film Studies 113AU.

220 Textual Analysis

Explores various models for the close analysis of film and media texts and the critical frameworks these models explicitly or implicitly employ.

222AA-ZZ Special Topics in Film Analysis

Close examination of an element of film style–such as, sound, color, or camera movement–and its impact on interpretation.

223 Black Film Criticism

Explores the social, cultural, aesthetic and economic contexts of black critical writing on film over the past century. Studies the black critique of racial representation in Hollywood and other cinemas, the black independent cinemas, and black spectatorship.

226 National Cinemas

Close analysis of theories of nation, nationalism, and national cinema, with a focus on the contentious relations between culture, history, media capital and the state. Topics include evolving genres, styles, movements and institutions; local lifeworlds and cultural difference within a post-national context; and the spectral nature of contemporary national formations. Offered concurrently with Film Studies 187AA-ZZ.

230 Philosophy of Film History

Studies works and concepts in philosophy of history that have informed the researching and writing of film and media history. Will also consider the ways in which film and media texts have extended debates about and concepts of historiographic practice.

231 Media Historiographies

Comparative analysis of various historical accounts of cinema, television and digital media that have shaped the field of film and media studies. Emphasis on issues and debates that have dominated efforts to write rigorous, methodologically explicit histories of different media.

232AA-ZZ Special Topics in Film and Media History

Close examination of a topic in film and/or media history.

234 History, Memory and Media

Explores how visual and acoustic media have influenced the writing of public histories and the formation of collective memories, and the possibilities and limitations of representing historical events in both fiction and nonfiction audio-visual forms.

240 Film Theory

Examines the history and rhetoric of thinking about the ontology, epistemology, ideology, and aesthetics of film.

241 Television and New Media Theory

Explores important theoretical writings concerning electronic and digital media. Course readings will define the unique properties of these mediums, consider their ontological status, and discuss how they differ from one another and other cultural forms.

242AA-ZZ Special Topics in Film and Media Theory

Close examination of a topic in film and/or media theory.

243AA-ZZ Special Topics in Critical Thinkers

Explores in depth the work of one particular thinker relevant to the field of media and cultural studies, for example, Freud, Barthes, Benjamin and others.

247 Feminism and Media Theory

An intellectual history of feminist film and television theory from the 1970s to the present. Course readings are discussed in relation to gender representations in various screenings. Areas covered include psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, queer theory, and cultural studies.

249 Postcolonial Media Theory

Studies colonial ideologies and representations, and postcolonial challenges and negotiations, with emphasis on concepts such as imperialism, Eurocentrism, Orientalism, Third Cinema, hybridity, voice and identity. Interrogates the institutions, frameworks and processes involved in the production of knowledge.

250 Cultural Theory

Explores key ideas, issues, and developments in cultural studies and critical theory through close readings of primary texts. Possible approaches include the Frankfurt School, the Birmingham School, Freudianism/Lacanianism, semiotics/structuralism, and postmodernism/post-structuralism.

251 Theory and Practice of Popular Culture

Surveys contemporary approaches to the study of popular culture. Readings include theorists who have critically engaged the Frankfurt School, who have written before and beyond the Birmingham School, or who have taken a comparative international perspective. May be offered concurrently with Film Studies 190PC.

252AA-ZZ Special Topics in Cultural Studies

Close examination of a topic in cultural studies.

262AA-ZZ Special Topics in Film and/or Media Globalization

Close examination of a topic in the globalization of film and/or media.

267 Media Industries

This course examines the business strategies, political economy, regulatory dimensions and cultural products of contemporary media industries. A focus on the dynamics of globalization, convergence and new technologies grounds our exploration of the interconnected industrial, economic and cultural/artistic aspects of film, television, and digital media.

268 Paradigms of Globalization

Analysis of various theories of globalization, with specific focus on ‘global media.’ Interrogates the ways in which transnational networks and flows of capital, information, technology, people, representations, aspirations and actions are constitutive of contemporary life.

295I Professional Internship

501 Teaching Assistant Practicum

593 Programming and Curation

Examines issues related to curation, including the construction of canons, cultural value, and economies of prestige. Students work with the CWC Director in curating programs for the Pollock Theater and related research events. Class discusses readings, screens media, researches potential guests, writes questions for Q&A sessions with invited guests, and writes program notes for the CWC’s website and Pollock programs. Students register for one unit per quarter. If taken for elective credit toward the Ph.D., it must be taken for three terms in a row, one unit in each of the first two terms, and two in the third term. Students taking the course for two units would complete a capstone project for the course.

594AA-ZZ Special Topics in Film and Media

595AA-ZZ Group Studies

596AA-ZZ Directed Reading and Research

597 MA Orals and PhD Exam Preparation

598 Preparation for Dissertation Prospectus

599 Dissertation Research and Writing