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Film Studies

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Film Studies Courses


FS 101 Introduction to Film Studies (HC) (4.00 SH). This course focuses on the major language systems of film: photography, mise en scene, movement, editing, sound, acting, sets and costumes, writing and narrative structure, and ideology. Emphasis is on how formalist and realist filmmakers use these language systems to create meaning. Through lecture, reading, discussion, and screening of films, the students will become informed, sophisticated, active observers of cinema. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

FS 102 History of Film (HC) (4.00 SH). This course is designed for students to develop a greater comprehension of the historical evolution of cinematic art. Though the course focuses primarily on cinema in the United States, some important and representative films from other countries will be studied. In addition, emphasis will be given to films that represent the development of film as an industry and how this corresponds to (and conflicts with) artistic endeavor. Students will write analyses of both films they watch for the course and films they choose to watch on their own. In keeping with the goals of the course, these analyses will require the students to fit the films into the context of cinema as a greater whole and to demonstrate an understanding of film as both art and industry. In addition, mid-term and final exams will require students to analyze certain films and their contributions to the development of cinema. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

FS 109 The Sporting Spirit (HC) (4.00 SH).

FS 142A Genres:The Musical (4.00 SH).

FS 142B Genres: Crime (4.00 SH).

FS 142E Genres:Romantic Comedy (4.00 SH).

FS 142M Genres: Marvel (4.00 SH).

FS 142N Genres:Native American Lit/Flm (HC) (4.00 SH).

FS 316 It's Monstrous (4.00 SH).

FS 404 Film Criticism (4.00 SH). This course teaches the basic concepts and critical approaches of film analysis. Some of these analytical methods include humanism, auteurism, genre studies, social science criticism, cultural criticism, semiology, structuralism, psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism, and feminism. Looking at the films through a critical lens while incorporating an analysis of its basic language systems offers students a better understanding of what filmmakers are saying as well as how they are saying it.

FS 501 Film Studies Practicum (2.00 SH). The purpose of the Film Studies Practicum is to give students an opportunity to learn more about international films, directors, and cultures. The Jake Erhardt International Film Series provides a perfect forum for the practicum since the focus is on foreign film industries and their product. Students will take charge of the International Film Series: researching films for each semester’s lineup, presenting background information for the audiences, and leading group discussions after the films. Students will also be responsible for developing advertising for the series and sending out reminders for each viewing. The practicum experience each semester will culminate in a research paper, a critical analysis of one or more of the films presented in that semester. Students will take the practicum for two semesters and receive two credits per semester.

FS 502 Film Studies Practicum (2.00 SH). The purpose of the Film Studies Practicum is to give students an opportunity to learn more about international films, directors, and cultures. The Jake Erhardt International Film Series provides a perfect forum for the practicum since the focus is on foreign film industries and their product. Students will take charge of the International Film Series: researching films for each semester’s lineup, presenting background information for the audiences, and leading group discussions after the films. Students will also be responsible for developing advertising for the series and sending out reminders for each viewing. The practicum experience each semester will culminate in a research paper, a critical analysis of one or more of the films presented in that semester. Students will take the practicum for two semesters and receive two credits per semester.

FS 520 Travel (2.00 SH). Travel Course

 

Supporting Courses


ENG 109 The Sporting Spirit (HC) (4.00 SH). This course examines the literary and cinematic interpretations of sports and sporting themes. Primarily, we will study the impact of sports on modern society and look at issues of morality, ethics, and economics. We will also look at the way sports can be viewed as “metaphor for life.” We will read and view several examples of major American sports (baseball, boxing, basketball) and also take a brief view of the history of sports in America. Among the major works to be studied are Bull Durham, The Old Man and the Sea, A River Runs Through It, and Field of Dreams. We will also use Ken Burns’ series Baseball.

ENG 158 Reading the Film Text (HC) (4.00 SH). ENG 101-199 Studies in English, American, world or comparative literature, or in specific literary genres and themes. Individual sections experiment with different approaches and topics. The times and a brief description of each course is provided each semester. These courses are designed primarily for non-English majors. More than one ENG 101–199 may be taken for credit, as long as each course is different. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

ENG 159 History of the Film Text (HC) (4.00 SH). ENG 101-199 Studies in English, American, world or comparative literature, or in specific literary genres and themes. Individual sections experiment with different approaches and topics. The times and a brief description of each course is provided each semester. These courses are designed primarily for non-English majors. More than one ENG 101–199 may be taken for credit, as long as each course is different. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

PS 252A Seminar:Political Films (4.00 SH). Work in selected areas. These areas include PS 251 Seminar in Politics and Behavior; PS 252 Seminar in American Politics; PS 253 Seminar in Political Philosophy; PS 254 Seminar in Comparative Politics; PS 255 Seminar in International Politics. Special topics related to the selected area to be offered are announced prior to each registration period.

 

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