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137 Film Studies Syllabi

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Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film: The Films of Luis Buñuel

Course Description

This course considers films spanning the entire career of pioneering Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel (1900–1983), from his silent surrealist classic of 1929, Un perro andaluz, to his last film,Ese oscuro objeto del deseo (1977). We pay special attention to his Mexican period, in exile, and the films he made in, and about, Spain, including his work in documentary. It explores Buñuel's early friendship with painter Salvador Dalí and poet Federico García Lorca, surrealist aesthetics, the influence of Freud's ideas on dreams and sexuality, and the director's corrosive criticism of bourgeois society and the Catholic church. We will focus on historical contexts and relevant film criticism.

About This Course on OpenCourseWare

The instructor of this course, Elizabeth Garrels, is a Professor Emeritus at MIT. She retired in 2014 after 35 years at the Institute. Professor Garrels taught this course for over 15 years, and it evolved over this time period. Normally, a course on OCW represents the version of a course taught during a specific semester and year. However, for this course we hope to represent the evolution of the course during the main years it was taught. The materials you see here are not from a particular iteration of the course, but are drawn from all of the years the course was taught. (last updated: 23 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/global-studies-and-languages/21g-735-advanced-topics-in-hispanic-literature-and-film-the-films-of-luis-bunuel-fall-2013/index.htm?utm_source=OCWHomePage&utm_medium=CarouselSm&utm_campaign=FeaturedCourse

African American Cinema

University of Southern California. (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://web-app.usc.edu/soc/syllabus/20091/18098

Alfred Hitchcock and the Critics:

Thomas W. Benson, Rhetoric of Film and Television, Pennsylvania State University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/t/3/t3b/courses/SpCom%20415%20Spring%202000/spcom415s2000.htm

American Cinema

Familiarizes the student with the three major critical methods applied to the American cinema: genre study, the auteur theory, and the star system. Topics for spring 2004: film noir, director Howard Hawks and actor Humphrey Bogart; and melodrama, director Douglas Sirk, and actress Lana Turner. Jeremy Butler, University of Alabama.. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://tcf.ua.edu/Classes/Jbutler/T440/s09/syllabus.php

American Cinema (Spring 2012)

Study of selected topics in United States film.. "The student will learn the three major critical methods applied to the American cinema: genre study, the auteur "theory," and the star "system." We will begin with the film noir, director Howard Hawks and actor Humphrey Bogart, and then, during the second half of the semester, turn our attention to the melodrama, director Douglas Sirk, and actress Lana Turner. Our focus will shift back and forth from the primary texts (the films themselves) to the writings on them. The latter will eventually lead us into considerations of feminism, Marxism, structuralism and semiotics." (last updated: 14 Jan 2019)  http://uaops.ua.edu/syllabus/201210/10282

American Film as Literature Spike Lee: An American Director

Fernando Pérez, Bellevue College (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://bc.instructure.com/courses/1301210/assignments/syllabus

American Film, 1930-60

Class taught by Shelley Stamp at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/134A/FILM_134A/Home.html

American Indians in Cinema

Jonathan Tomhave, University of Washington (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://ais.washington.edu/courses/2015/autumn/ais/360/a

American Indians in Film

Nancy Marie Mithlo, Occidental College (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://nancymariemithlo.com/images/links/196-Occidental-ARTH250-2014-syllabus.pdf

American Indians Through Film, TV & Popular Culture

Ozzie Monge, San Diego State University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://sdsu-dspace.calstate.edu/bitstream/handle/10211.3/190847/Syllabus%20-%20AMIND-435%20-%20Spring%202017%20-%20Monge.pdf?sequence=1

American Melodrama

The Hollywood melodrama, both as a genre and with a focus on the unique styles and themes of key directors such as Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli, Frank Borzage, Max Ophuls, and George Cukor. Fred Camper, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.fredcamper.com/Melodrama/index.html

Art of Film

Rebecca Sheehan, Harvard University (last updated: 2 Oct 2018)  https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/katrinschamun/files/syllabus_for_ves_70_the_art_of_film.pdf

Cinematic Multimedia

Jennifer Proctor, Grand Valley State University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://www.jenniferproctor.com/CinematicSyl.htm

Contemporary Film Theory

Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University, 1977. (PDF of Ditto original.) (last updated: 14 Sep 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Syllabus-D87-2-Contemporary-Film-Theory-Spring-1977.pdf

Course File on Experimental Film (Part 1) (1982)

(last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/1982/01/course-file-on-experimental-film-part-1-1982/

Course File on Experimental Film (Part 2) (1982)

(last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/1982/01/couse-file-on-experimental-film-part-2-1982/

Directing for Film and Video

Towson University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/mediafilm/undergrad/mediafilm/documents/emf-455-syllabus-sample.pdf

Documentary Film & Video

Towson University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/mediafilm/undergrad/mediafilm/documents/emf-461-syllabus-sample.pdf

Documenting Culture

This course challenges distinctions commonly made between documentary and ethnographic films to consider how human cultural life is portrayed in both. (last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/anthropology/21a-337j-documenting-culture-spring-2004

Documenting Culture

Course Description

How — and why — do people seek to capture everyday life on film? What can we learn from such films? This course challenges distinctions commonly made between documentary and ethnographic films to consider how human cultural life is portrayed in both. It considers the interests, which motivate such filmmakers ranging from curiosity about "exotic" people to a concern with capturing "real life" to a desire for advocacy. Students will view documentaries about people both in the U.S. and abroad and will consider such issues as the relationship between film images and "reality," the tensions between art and observation, and the ethical relationship between filmmakers and those they film. (last updated: 23 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/anthropology/21a-337j-documenting-culture-spring-2004/

Documenting Science through Video and New Media

Course wherein tudents engage in digital video production as well as social and media analysis of science documentaries. (last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/anthropology/21a-550j-dv-lab-documenting-science-through-video-and-new-media-fall-2012

DV Lab: Documenting Science Through Video and New Media

Course Description

This course is an introductory exploration of documentary film theory and production, focusing on documentaries about science, engineering, and related fields. Students engage in digital video production as well as social and media analysis of science documentaries. Readings are drawn from social studies of science as well as from documentary film theory. The courses uses documentary video making as a tool to explore the worlds of science and engineering, as well as a tool for thinking analytically about media itself and the social worlds in which science is embedded. The course includes a hands-on lab component devoted to digital video production, in addition to classroom lectures and in-class film screenings. (last updated: 27 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/anthropology/21a-550j-dv-lab-documenting-science-through-video-and-new-media-fall-2012/

Ecocinema: Environmentalism and film

Antonio Lopez, John Cabot University (last updated: 11 Oct 2018)  http://www.openmediaeducation.net/cms345/

Experimental Film

Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University, 1977. (PDF of Ditto original.) (last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Syllabus-C80-Experimental-Film-Spring-1977.pdf

Experimental Film and Video History

Jennifer Proctor, Grand Valley State University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://jenniferproctor.com/ExpFilmSyl.htm

Feminism and Film

Vanderbilt University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://my.vanderbilt.edu/wgs272/syllabus/

FILM 130: Silent Cinema

Class taught by Shelley Stamp at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/130/FILM_130/Home.html

FILM 162: Female Filmmakers

Class taught by Shelley Stamp at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/162female/162_Female_Fmkrs/Home.html

FILM 20A: Intro to Film Studies

Class taught by Shelley Stamp at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/20A/FILM_20A/Home.html

Film and Environment

Emory University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  http://piedmont.emory.edu/documents/2015/Cook%202015.pdf

Film and Media Theory

Jennifer Fay, Vanderbilt University (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://as.vanderbilt.edu/cinemamediaarts/people/film_theory_updated_17.pdf

Film and Television Interpretation: American Cinema

Jennifer Proctor, Grand Valley State University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://jenniferproctor.com/AmCinemaSyllabus.htm

Film and Video Autobiography

Julia Lesage, University of Oregon (last updated: 2 Oct 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Julia-Lesage-Film-Autobiography.pdf

Film Appreciation 101

(last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.universalclass.com/i/course/film/syllabus.htm

FILM APPRECIATION: INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA

Professor Trish Loomis, JEFFERSON COLLEGE. (last updated: 7 Sep 2011)  http://homepage.smc.edu/laffey_sheila/PDF/Cin%209.pdf

Film as History

Instructor Julia Peterson, KEYSTONE COLLEGE. (last updated: 7 Sep 2011)  http://www.nepdec.org/resources/PDF/j_peterson_keystone_college_film.pdf

Film as Visual and Literary Mythmaking

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-264-film-as-visual-and-literary-mythmaking-fall-2005

Film Genres | Film Noir

Class taught by Shelley Stamp at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/160/FILM_160/Home.html

Film History

Kirsten Moana Thompson, Seattle University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://www.seattleu.edu/media/college-of-arts-and-sciences/departments/english/documents/Film-3020-17SQ-Syllabus.pdf

Film History and Theory

University of Washington (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/910963/assignments/syllabus

Film History/Theory

Mark Lynne Anderson, University of Pittsburgh (last updated: 3 Oct 2018)  http://www.filmstudies.pitt.edu/sites/default/files/L2451SP2007.pdf

Film Narrative

Sarah Childress, Bowdoin College (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/s/schildre/pdf/bowdoin-narrative-film-syllabus.pdf

Film Noir: City Subjects, Alienated Desires, Millennial Thinking

Ken Hillis. Communication Studies. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.unc.edu/~khillis/filmnoir.html

Film Production

Professor Cherish Aileen A. Brillon. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://theintellectualrebel.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/cnm-103-syllabus-film-production/

Film Theory

Jun Okada, State University of New York at Geneseo (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://wiki.geneseo.edu/display/engl/Film+Studies+349%3A+Film+Theory+SAMPLE+SYLLABUS

Film Theory and Criticism

Kristopher Cannon, Northeastern University (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://www.kristophercannon.com/professional/previous-courses/film4750-spring2013/

Film Theory and Criticism

Marty Norden, University of Massachusetts Amherst (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://people.umass.edu/norden/546syll.html

Film Theory and Criticism

Dan Gilfillan, Arizona State University (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://www.asu.edu/courses/fms394/Blackboard/Spring%20Syllabi/Gilfillan_fms461.pdf

Film Theory: Comedy

Professor Dirk Eitzen, Franklin & Marshall College. (last updated: 7 Sep 2011)  http://tdf363.wordpress.com/author/deitzen/

Film, Art, and Literature

Professor Kimberly M. Radek, Illinois Valley Community College'. This course looks closely at the relationship of film, visual art, and literature, focusing most specifically upon the interaction between them from a historical perspective, i.e., how this relationship has changed as the art forms have changed since their inception. Required comparative readings and film and art viewings are a component of this course. (last updated: 14 Aug 2011)  http://www2.ivcc.edu/flm2010/Syllabus.html

Film/Video Production: Alternative Forms

Jennifer Proctor, University of Iowa (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://jenniferproctor.com/VloggingSyllabusWeb.htm

FOREIGN AND INDEPENDENT FILM

Instructor B. Weitz, Florida International University . (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.fiu.edu/~weitzb/ENC4355_Syllabus_Spring03.htm

Forms of Western Narrative

Course Description

This class will investigate the ways in which the formal aspects of Western storytelling in various media have shaped both fantasies and perceptions, making certain understandings of experience possible through the selection, arrangement, and processing of narrative material. Surveying the field chronologically across the major narrative genres and sub-genres from Homeric epic through the novel and across media to include live performance, film, and video games, we will be examining the ways in which new ideologies and psychological insights become available through the development of various narrative techniques and new technologies. Emphasis will be placed on the generic conventions of story-telling as well as on literary and cultural issues, the role of media and modes of transmission, the artistic significance of the chosen texts and their identity as anthropological artifacts whose conventions and assumptions are rooted in particular times, places, and technologies. Authors will include: Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Christian evangelists, Marie de France, Cervantes, La Clos, Poe, Lang, Cocteau, Disney-Pixar, and Maxis-Electronic Arts, with theoretical readings in Propp, Bakhtin, Girard, Freud, and Marx. (last updated: 27 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-012-forms-of-western-narrative-spring-2004/

French Film and Culture; 1895-present

Professor Elizabeth Vitanza, UCLA . (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://evitanza.bol.ucla.edu/filmsyllabus.html

Gender and Flm

Christina Stojanova. Film Studies. WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY Waterloo, Ontario. (last updated: 7 Sep 2011)  http://www.filmreference.com/encyclopedia/Criticism-Ideology/Gender-GENDER-AND-FILM.html

Global Hollywood

Masha Shpolberg, Yale University (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://summer.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Syllabi/2018/FILM%20S274%20-%20Global%20Hollywood.pdf

History of Motion Pictures (Fall 2012)

(last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://mariasuzanneboyd.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/film-2700-fall-12-syllabus.doc

History of Motion Pictures (Spring 2011)

(last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://mariasuzanneboyd.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/film-2700-history-of-motion-pictures-syllabus-medium-sized-class-syllabus-spring-2011.doc

History of Motion Pictures (Summer 2013)

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  https://mariasuzanneboyd.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/film-2700-history-of-motion-pictures-large-lecture-syllabus-summer-2013.doc

History of the Cinema II

Inga Meier, Stephen F. Austin State University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://orion.sfasu.edu/courseinformation/syl/201602/THR3711.pdf?635896940396565929

Horror in Film & Story

Professor Roger Hickey, Hartwick College . (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://users.hartwick.edu/hickeyr/SyllabusHorr.html

Humanities, Film Appreciation

Instructor Susan Rich, Highline Community College . "Movies may be the cultural currency of our time; perhaps even more so than television or theatrical productions, they shape our view of the larger world. Although we all begin this class with a strong sense of what we like or dislike in a given film; our individual tastes will take a backstage position to our methods of analysis this quarter. The question, instead, is what can we learn from a film, what type of knowledge concerning camera angles, lighting, color, sound, character and film theory can we bring to bear on each piece of art --- for a classic film is certainly a work of art." (last updated: 26 May 2012)  http://flightline.highline.edu/srich/FilmSylw05.htm

Integrative Arts 110

Professor Patrick Trimble, The Pennsylvania State University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.psu.edu/dept/inart10_110/inart110/110syllabus.html

Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice

Course Description

This course explores the properties of non-linear, multi-linear, and interactive forms of narratives as they have evolved from print to digital media. Works covered in this course range from the Talmud, classics of non-linear novels, experimental literature, early sound and film experiments to recent multi-linear and interactive films and games. The study of the structural properties of narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time, space, and of storyline is complemented by theoretical texts about authorship/readership, plot/story, properties of digital media and hypertext. Questions that will be addressed in this course include: How can we define 'non-linearity/multi-linearity', 'interactivity', 'narrative'. To what extend are these aspects determined by the text, the reader, the digital format? What kinds of narratives are especially suited for a nonlinear/ interactive format? Are there stories that can only be told in a digital format? What can we learn from early non-digital examples of non-linear and interactive story telling? (last updated: 28 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/21w-765j-interactive-and-non-linear-narrative-theory-and-practice-spring-2004/

International Cinema: The French Film

Jeremy Butler, University of Alabama, Telecommunication and Film. The study of motion pictures produced throughout the world. Subjects may change each time course is offered. Fall semester 2013, the course dealt with French cinema. (last updated: 15 Aug 2013)  http://www.tcf.ua.edu/Classes/Jbutler/T340/F13/outlineoftopics.php

Intro to Film

Gregory Zinman, Georgia Tech (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/film2018/syllabus/

Intro to Film Production

Remington Smith, University of Louisville (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  http://commcourses.com/syllabi/301Film.pdf

Intro to Film Studies

Shelley Stamp, UC Santa Cruz. (last updated: 13 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/20A/FILM_20A/Home.html

Intro to Film Studies

(last updated: 2 Oct 2018)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/20A/FILM_20A/Syllabus+Assignments.html

Intro to Film Studies

Susan Ryan, The College of New Jersey (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://saccurriculum.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2016/03/COM-117-INTRO-FILM-STUDIES-2015-fall.pdf

Intro to Screen Studies

(last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://files.cargocollective.com/18691/ISSSyl2016.pdf

Introduction to Film

Tom Isbell, University of Minnesota Duluth (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  https://www.d.umn.edu/~tisbell/Courses/introtofilm.html

Introduction to Film and Media Studies

(last updated: 2 Oct 2018)  https://works.swarthmore.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1060&context=fac-german

Introduction to Film and Video Analysis

What does it mean to "read" a film or video? How can we analyze moving image media in the manner that we interpret literary texts or appreciate form in the fine arts? What are the differences between film, video and these older media? How does film communicate meaning? This course introduces basic analytical tools and concepts to begin to answer these questions. Chris Cagle, Temple Univ.. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://astro.temple.edu/~ccagle/IntroFilmAnalysisSp10.htm

Introduction to Film History and Criticism

Paddy Whannel, Northwestern University, 1977. (PDF of Ditto original.) (last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Syllabus-B84-Introduction-to-Film-History-and-Criticism-spring-1976-77.pdf

INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

Pennsylvania State University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www2.yk.psu.edu/~jmj3/150syll.htm

Introduction to Film Studies

Harlan Wilson, Wright State University (last updated: 3 Oct 2018)  http://www.wright.edu/~david.wilson/fms1310/syllabus.pdf

Introduction to Film Theory

Caetlin Benson-Allott, Georgetown University (last updated: 3 Oct 2018)  https://english.georgetown.edu/sites/english/files/Intro%20to%20Film%20Theory%20%28Benson-Allott%29.pdf

Introduction to Film Theory and Criticism

Amelie Hastie, University of California, Santa Cruz (last updated: 4 Oct 2018)  http://film.ucsc.edu/sites/default/files/FILM%20120%20syllabus%202009_0.pdf

Introduction to Media Production

Bill Barrett, Webster University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://www2.webster.edu/~barrettb/courses/mediaproduction.htm

Introduction to Media Studies

Course Description

This course provides a critical analysis of mass media in our culture. Various types of media such as books, films, video games, and online interactions will be discussed and reviewed. This course will also evaluate how information and ideas travel between people on a large scale (last updated: 27 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/cms-100-introduction-to-media-studies-fall-2014/

Introduction to Russian Film

Professor Evgenii (Zhenya) Bershtein, Reed College, . (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=62&url=http%3A%2F%2Facademic.reed.edu%2Frussian%2Fcourses%2F435syllabus.doc&ei=PMu2Svz9KdTO8QaWiLyTDw&usg=AFQjCNHvh2QiXQbdTFeL307TdDGd8dIDWw

Introduction to Scoring for Movies and Television

Eric Schmidt, University of Southern California (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://web-app.usc.edu/soc/syllabus/20183/42301.pdf

Issues of Representation

Jennifer Proctor, Grand Valley State University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://jenniferproctor.com/IssuesofRepSyl.htm

Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and Film

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-522-japan-in-the-age-of-the-samurai-history-and-film-fall-2006

Japanese Literature and Cinema

(last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/global-studies-and-languages/21g-065-japanese-literature-and-cinema-fall-2013/

Literature and Film

Brian T. Murphy. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.brian-t-murphy.com/Lit218.htm

Major Media Texts

Course Description

This class does intensive close study and analysis of historically significant media "texts" that have been considered landmarks or have sustained extensive critical and scholarly discussion. Such texts may include oral epic, story cycles, plays, novels, films, opera, television drama and digital works. The course emphasizes close reading from a variety of contextual and aesthetic perspectives. The syllabus varies each year, and may be organized around works that have launched new modes and genres, works that reflect upon their own media practices, or on stories that migrate from one medium to another. At least one of the assigned texts is collaboratively taught, and visiting lectures and discussions are a regular feature of the subject. (last updated: 30 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/cms-796-major-media-texts-fall-2006/

Mass Media

Darrell M. West, Brown University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.insidepolitics.org/ps111/PS111.html

Media Industries

A grad course on Media Industries; Alisa Perren, Department of Communication, Georgia State University.. From the Website: How do the contemporary media industries work? How did they develop in this fashion? How can an analysis of the “business of entertainment” enable a greater understanding of contemporary media aesthetics and culture? In other words, why does it matter that News. Corp. owns Harper Collins publishing, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox News, the FOX network, myspace.com, the New York Post and many, many other entities around the world? Three main objectives will guide us throughout the semester: First, we will trace the development – and increasing interrelatedness – of the media industries from the early twentieth century to the present. We will consider the ways in which regulatory and technological shifts, as well as growing impulses toward globalization, have intersected with industrial changes. Second, we will look at the range of theoretical and critical approaches which have been taken toward the media industries. In the process, we will read several “case studies” that provide examples of each of these theoretical approaches. Third, we will explore the emerging field of “media industry studies.” This field, which incorporates work in film, media, communications and cultural studies, argues for the importance of integrating analysis of media structures with consideration of cultural and textual matters. This course will prove useful not only to media studies students but also to filmmakers and screenwriters interested in understanding how and why certain media products do (and do not) get produced and distributed. Although our readings will focus most heavily on the film and television industries, students are encouraged to explore such areas as video games, music, comic books, publishing, and radio in their final projects. (last updated: 2 Sep 2013)  http://mediaindustriesandotherstuff.blogspot.com/2010/01/syllabus-media-industries-graduate.html

Modes of Film & Video Production

Jennifer Proctor, University of Iowa (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://jenniferproctor.com/SyllabusSummerModesweb.htm

Multimedia Production

Ken Loge, Lane Community College (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://media.lanecc.edu/users/logek/mmp/resources/syllabus.html

Native American Film and Video: Performing Self-representation Through Media

Amalia Cordova, New York University (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/gallatin/documents/syllabi/2011/FA/ARTS-UG1604.pdf

Native Americans and Film

Brian Klopotek, University of Oregon (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.uoregon.edu/dist/c/10063/files/2016/04/ES370_Fall16-13hcx5b.pdf

Philosophy In Film and Other Media

Course Description

This course examines works of film in relation to thematic issues of philosophical importance that also occur in other arts, particularly literature and opera. Emphasis is put on film's ability to represent and express feeling as well as cognition. Both written and cinematic works by Sturges, Shaw, Cocteau, Hitchcock, Joyce, and Bergman, among others, are considered. There are no tests or quizzes, however students write two major papers on media/philosophical research topics of their choosing. (last updated: 23 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-209-philosophy-in-film-and-other-media-spring-2004/

Philosophy of Film

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-213-philosophy-of-film-fall-2004

Philosophy of Film (Fall 2008)

Dr. Aaron Smuts, Temple University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://sites.google.com/site/asmuts/teaching/classes-taught/philosophy-of-film-fall-2008/philosophy-of-film-fall-2008---syllabus

Politics and Film

An undergraduate course about politics and the Hollywood Film industry. Indiana University.. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.indiana.edu/~polfilm

Problems in Film Scholarship (Technology)

Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University, 1977. (PDF of Ditto original.) (last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Syllabus-E84-Problems-in-Film-Scholarship-Technology-Winter-1978.pdf

Race and Gender in Cinema - TV

Antonio Lopez, John Cabot University (last updated: 11 Oct 2018)  http://www.openmediaeducation.net/race-gender-14/

Reading Film and Cultural Texts

Dr Timothy White & Dr Valerie Wee, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, National University of Singapore. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://courses.nus.edu.sg/course/elltrw/Film/Reading.html

Regency Film Costume

(last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.sensibility.com/filmsyl.htm

Screen Women: Body Narratives in Popular American Film

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/womens-and-gender-studies/wgs-640-screen-women-body-narratives-in-popular-american-film-spring-2014

Screening History: The Construction of American History in Hollywood Films

New York University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/media/users/sr99/ug_syl/E59.1140_Screening_History.pdf

Screening the Machine: Technology, Anxiety & The Movies

University of California. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/Film24Syllabus.html

Seminar in American Cinema

Jeremy Butler, University of Alabama.. Genre, director and star are examined. (last updated: 14 Jan 2019)  http://www.tcf.ua.edu/Classes/Jbutler/T440/s11/outlineoftopics.php

Seminar in Rhetoric of Narrative Film

Tom Benson, Department of Speech and Communication, Pennsylvania State University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/t/3/t3b/courses/SpCom515Fall1999/515syllabus99.2.htm

Small Wonders: Media, Modernity, and the Moment: Experiments in Time

Course Description

The "small wonders" to which our course will attend are moments of present time, depicted in the verbal and visual media of the modern age: newspapers, novels and stories, poems, photographs, films, etc. We will move between visual and verbal media across a considerable span of time, from eighteenth-century poetry and prose fiction to twenty-first century social networking and microblogging sites, and from sculpture to photography, film, and digital visual media. With help from philosophers, contemporary cultural historians, and others, we will begin to think about a media practice largely taken for granted in our own moment. (last updated: 27 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-325-small-wonders-media-modernity-and-the-moment-experiments-in-time-fall-2010/

Special Topics in Cinematic Storytelling

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/media-arts-and-sciences/mas-845-special-topics-in-cinematic-storytelling-spring-2004

Storytelling in Film & Media (Fall 2012)

Explores how narrative structures and models operate differently between film, television, and digital media such as videogames. Jason Mittell, Middlebury College.. "All artistic and popular media offer their own particular techniques of storytelling. This course explores how narrative structures and models operate differently between film, television, and digital media such as videogames. Drawing heavily on various theories of narratology developed to understand the structures, techniques, and impacts of narrative for literature and film, we will consider how different media offer possibilities to creators and viewers to tap into the central human practice of storytelling. We will focus on works that challenge convention in a variety of ways, centered on contemporary media and trends in narrative technique." (last updated: 14 Jan 2019)  http://courses.middlebury.edu/hub/MCUG/2012-2013/fall/FMMC/0357A/syllabus

Studies in Film

This course investigates relationships between two media, film and literature, studying works linked across the two media by genre, topic, and style. (last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-706-studies-in-film-fall-2005

Studies in Film

Course Description

This course investigates relationships between two media, film and literature, studying works linked across the two media by genre, topic, and style. It aims to sharpen appreciation of major works of cinema and of literary narrative. The course explores how artworks challenge and cross cultural, political and aesthetic boundaries. It includes some attention to theory of narrative. Films to be studied include works by Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Francis Ford Coppolla, Clint Eastwood, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, and Federico Fellini, among others. Literary works include texts by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Honoré de Balzac, Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald. (last updated: 27 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-706-studies-in-film-fall-2005/

Studies in Film Authorship (Melodrama)

Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University, 1977. Syllabus, plus program for the Northwestern University Film Division Graduate Seminar on Melodrama, November 19, 1977--with Kleinhans, Val Almendarez, Bill Horrigan, and Thomas Elsaesser. (PDFs of Ditto originals.) (last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Syllabus-C80-Studies-in-Film-Authorship-Melodrama-Fall-1977-and-Seminar-Program-19-Nov-1977.pdf

Studies in Film Scholarship (Ideology)

Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University, spring 1978. (last updated: 14 Sep 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Syllabus-E84-Studies-in-Film-Scholarship-Ideology-Spring-1978.pdf

Studies in Literary History: Modernism: From Nietzsche to Fellini

Course Description

How do literature, philosophy, film and other arts respond to the profound changes in world view and lifestyle that mark the twentieth century? This course considers a broad range of works from different countries, different media, and different genres, in exploring the transition to a decentered "Einsteinian" universe. (last updated: 27 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-709-studies-in-literary-history-modernism-from-nietzsche-to-fellini-fall-2010/

Studies of Cross-Cultural Analysis in Radio/TV/Film

Professor Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.ejumpcut.org/gatewaypages/kleinhansfolder/13/426crosscult/crosscultMedia.html

Tales from the Teaching Crypt: American Film Genres (Summer 2000)

(last updated: 26 May 2012)  http://bavatuesdays.com/tales-from-the-teaching-crypt-american-film-genres-syllabus-from-summer-2000/

Television & American Culture

Professor Jason Mittell, Middlebury College, Fall 2009.. (last updated: 25 Aug 2013)  http://courses.middlebury.edu/hub/MCUG/2012-2013/fall/FMMC/0104A/syllabus

Television Symposium

(last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://ctcs467.livejournal.com/

The African American Image in Film

Ronnie Dunn, Cleveland State University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  http://cua6.urban.csuohio.edu/syllabi/spring12/UST251_Dunn.pdf

The American Family in Film and Television

Wende Garrison, Portland State University (last updated: 23 Oct 2018)  http://psucurriculumtracker.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/90974640/CFS%20330U%20Course%20Syllabus.pdf

The Documentary Body: Advanced Media Production

Vicky Funari, Haverford College (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  https://scholarship.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/bitstream/handle/10066/20415/VIST_H353B_01.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

The Film Experience

This course concentrates on close analysis and criticism of a wide range of films, including works from the early silent period, documentary and avant-garde films, European art cinema, and contemporary Hollywood fare. . (last updated: 18 Sep 2016)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-011-the-film-experience-fall-2013/

The History of the Movie Industry

Brooklyn College (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://userhome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/anthro/jbeatty/COURSES/hist/syllabus.html

The Inner City in American Film

Amy Corbin, Muhlenberg College (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://www.mediapolisjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Inner-City-syllabus-spring-10-SIG.pdf

The Rise of Film Noir

(last updated: 20 Jan 2015)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies/cms-s61-special-subject-the-rise-of-film-noir-january-iap-2012

Theatre, Art, Music, Film

Professor Anatoly Antohin, University of Alaska Fairbanks. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://afronord.tripod.com/classes/200.html

Topics in African American Film

Chris Johnson (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://blackvistas.com/film/media/film_syllabus.pdf

Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction

Course Description

Transmedia narratives exist across multiple storytelling platforms, using the advantages of each to enhance the experience of the audience. No matter which medium nor how many, the heart of any successful transmedia project is a good story. In this class we will spend time on the basics of solid storytelling in speculative fiction before we move on to how to translate those elements into various media. We will then explore how different presentations in different media can complement and enhance our storytelling. While we will read scholarly articles and discuss ideas about transmedia, this is primarily a class in making speculative fiction transmedia projects. We will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various mediums and consider how they complement each other, and how by using several different media we can give the audience a more complete, rewarding, and immersive experience. (last updated: 28 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/21w-763j-transmedia-storytelling-modern-science-fiction-spring-2014/

United States History through Film

Rob P. Zarkowski (last updated: 8 Nov 2018)  http://www.dcstigers.org/Syllabi/Mr.%20Zarkowski/History%20Through%20the%20Media.pdf

Visual Histories: German Cinema 1945 to Present

(last updated: 18 Sep 2016)  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/global-studies-and-languages/21g-056-visual-histories-german-cinema-1945-to-present-fall-2003/

Women & the Silent Screen

Class taught by Shelley Stamp at the University of California, Santa Cruz. (last updated: 16 Sep 2016)  https://people.ucsc.edu/~stamp/284/FILM_284/Home.html

Women and Film

Julia Lesage, University of Oregon (last updated: 2 Oct 2018)  http://screensite.org/wp-content/themes/directorypress/thumbs//Julia-Lesage-Women-and-Film.pdf

Women in Cinema

A reference guide. (last updated: 12 Apr 2011)  http://www.people.virginia.edu/~pm9k/libsci/womFilm.html

Women in Film

Donna Davidson-Symonds, University of Maryland. (last updated: 27 Sep 2018)  http://mith.umd.edu/womensstudies/Syllabi/ArtMusicFilm/cinema-125-davidson

World Film History 1945-Present

Eleni Palis, University of Pennsylvania (last updated: 3 Oct 2018)  https://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/sites/neutron_sas.summer/files/CIMS-102-910.pdf

Writing on Contemporary Issues: Imagining the Future

Course Description

Turn-of-the-century eras have historically been times when people are more than usually inclined to scrutinize the present and speculate about the future. Now, the turn not just of a century but of a millennium having recently passed, such scrutiny and speculations inevitably intensify. What will the future that awaits us in this twenty-first century and beyond be like? And how do visions of that future reflect and respond to the world we live in now? In this course we will read and write about how some writers and filmmakers have responded to the present as a way of imagining—and warning about—possible worlds to come. Guided by our reading and discussion, we will scrutinize our own present and construct our own visions of the future through close readings of the texts as well as of some aspects of contemporary culture—urban and environmental crises, economic imperialism, sexual and reproductive politics, the ethics of biotechnologies, issues of race and gender, the romance of technology, robotics and cyborg cultures, media saturation, language and representation—and the persistent questions they pose about what it means to be human at this start of a new millennium. (last updated: 28 Sep 2016)  https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/21w-730-5-writing-on-contemporary-issues-imagining-the-future-fall-2007/

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