Winter 2018 Graduate Courses


FAMST 231: MEDIA HISTORIOGRAPHY - J.HOLT

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.


FAMST 242MF: MARXIST FILM & LIT. THEORIES - N. YAMAMOTO


FAMST 242SM: SONIC MEDIATIONS - G. SIEGEL


FAMST 262GM: GLOBAL MEDIA: Culture, Capital, Labor - M. CURTIN


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 595DD: Dissertation Development – C. Penley

(2 units) This is a 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.

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.