Fall 2017 Graduate Courses


FAMST 220: TEXTUAL ANALYSIS P. Bloom #58974

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

Thursday 4:00-6:50pm    SSMS 2013

Tuesday 11:00-12:50pm  SSMS 2414


FAMST 232PN: POST NAFTA MEDIA C. Venegas #58982

The course explores the role that media (film, television, Internet, etc.) plays in configuring and altering the ~Sterritorial~T landscape resulting from the 1993 North American Free Trade (NAFTA) agreement between Canada, Mexico and the US. The course encourages students to explore a variety of perspectives and media to examine how ~Sregional~T media considerations contribute to our field of study. Topics include cultural policy, cultural agency, institutional frameworks, piracy, media activism, border culture, technological change, and democracy.

Tuesday 4:00-6:50pm SSMS 2013


FAMST 252FT: FEM-TECH LAB - L. Shereen Sakr #56861

FemTech Lab is a hybrid theory/practice seminar on feminism, cyberfeminism, and feminist theories of technology. We engage the political potency of feminist media practice—the use of installations, performance, public interactives, visual arts, and web-based platforms appealing for change or hacking systemic bias. Such creative and critical aesthetic engagements are firmly located in the feminist politics of the contemporary moment, an age marked by the proliferation of new media that have radically reconstituted not only the character of visual culture but also its channels of transmission and circulation. The transnational scale of media circulation has posed serious challenges to feminist scholars eager to understand how media are decoded and translated as they travel from one cultural context to another.

Monday 3:30-5:50pm Wireframe (1410 Music Bldg.)


FAMST 295I: PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP – Staff

Prerequisite: Consent of department; film studies majors only; must be in good standing. An opportunity for training, career sampling, and contacts in the media industry.


FAMST 501: TEACHING ASSISTANT PRACTICUM – Staff

Designed to accommodate graduate students who serve as teaching assistants. Includes analyses of texts and materials, discussion section teaching techniques, formulation of topics and questions for papers and examinations, and grading papers and examinations under instructor supervision.


FAMST 593: Programming and Curation – P. Petro #74898

(1-2) Prerequisite: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Individual tutorial. 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.

Friday 1:00-2:50 SSMS 4441 Biweekly


FAMST 595DD: Dissertation Development – C. Penley #58990

(2 units) This is a new course created to support doctoral students as they discover and research their dissertation topics in the Fall and Winter Quarters, prior to Spring Quarter enrollment in FAMST 598, Dissertation Prospectus Preparation. The course will meet 15 hours per quarter (including group and individual meetings) and will afford the opportunity to brainstorm, explore, read, screen write briefly about, and discuss field literature and media objects relevant to the developing projects of course participants. Research methodologies and dissertation design will also be discussed, but generally and preliminarily; this course is understood to be exploratory and not definitive with regard to future dissertation topics. The course does not fulfill elective or core requirements.

Friday 1:00-3:50 SSMS 2328 Biweekly


FAMST 596: DIRECTED READING AND RESEARCH – Staff

(1-8 units) Prerequisite: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Individual tutorial.


FAMST 597: MA ORALS AND PHD EXAM PREPARATION – Staff

(4-12 units) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Master's Oral Exam and PhD Qualifying Exam preparation.


FAMST 599: DISSERTATION RESEARCH AND WRITING – Staff

(1-12 units) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Only for the research and writing of dissertation. Instructor should be chair of the student's doctoral committee.