Spring 2018 Graduate Courses


FAMST 230: PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY - C. WOLFE

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.


FAMST 252PG: PORNOGRAPHY - C. PENLEY

(Concurrent: Film and Media Studies 154PG) The class will be constituted as a research team to investigate the history of pornography as film and popular culture, as a genre and an industry. Screenings, readings, and discussions will be informed by guest lectures from mainstream and alternative adult filmmakers, webmasters, novelty manufacturers, industry trade journal publishers, 1st Amendment attorneys, and sex educators and activists.


FAMST 252PM: POLITICS AND MEDIA - A. EVERETT


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

(1-1-2) 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 Qamp&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.


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 598: Preparation for Dissertation Prospectus – M. Damluji

(4 units) Prerequisite: Graduate standing; to be taken prior to the qualifying exam.


Preparation for the Ph.D. qualifying exam and writing of the dissertation prospectus.


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.