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College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program

Fall 2016

Film and Media Studies courses

A complete list of Film and Media Studies (FAMS) course offerings for Fall 2016 can also be viewed on USC's Master Schedule under the new designator FAMS.

NOTE: 500 level courses have either FAMS 240 or FAMS 300 as a pre-requisite, see below.


FAMS 110  Media Culture

Satisifies Carolina Core AIU
Professor Laura Kissel
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 4:25 PM - 5:40 PM
Screening: Tuesday  6 - 8 PM

An introduction to the study of media forms: photography, advertising, film, television, and new media. Students learn how to analyze, comprehend, and contextualize our image-saturated media culture; acquire an analytical/theoretical vocabulary for images; and gain an understanding of key concepts in and theories of visual media. The course also offers students the chance to apply their newfound skill set for media analysis to the art of media production of both sound and image.


FAMS 240  Introduction to Film and Media Studies

Satisifies Carolina Core GHS, College of Arts and Sciences Global History 

Introduction to the critical study of film and media. Students will closely analyze moving images and develop written arguments about film and media. This course is required for the major and minor in Film and Media Studies.

Section 001:  Professor Mark Minett
Class: M and W 3:55 - 5:10 
Screening: M 5:50 - 7:50 PM
Section 002:  Professor Lauren Steimer
Class:  T and TH 2:50 - 4:05 
Screening:  W 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Section E01:  Professor Kelly Wolf
Class: M and W 5:30 - 6:45 
Screening:  M 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Section H01 (Honors College only):  Professor Susan Felleman
Class: T and TH 2:50 - 4:05
Screening: T 6:00 - 8:00 PM


FAMS 300  Film and Media History 

Satisifies Carolina Core AIU

Surveys the development of cinema and related media from antiquity to the present, emphasizing the twentieth century. Considers key technological, cultural, and industrial changes, their interrelation, causes, and consequences. Builds historical research skills. 

Section 001:  Professor Kelly Wolf
Class: T and TH 1:15 - 2:30
Screening: W 7:05 - 9:05 PM

Section H01 (Honors College only):  Professor Susan Courtney
Class: T and TH 11:40 - 12:55
Screening: T 6:30 - 8:30 PM


FAMS 350  Introduction to Comic Studies

Professor Mark Minett
Class: M and W 2:20 - 3:35
cross listed with ENGL 350

This course functions as an introduction to the study of comics, preparing students to engage with questions of formal design, industrial organization, historical development, cultural representation, legitimation, and audience practices. A wide variety of periods, perspectives, and texts will be explored, with readings ranging from Donald Duck to Maus, from The Dark Knight Returns to Fun Home, from Akira to Astro Boy, from Persepolis to Nimona, and from Tales from the Crypt to The Walking Dead


FAMS 510  Media Industries (prereq: FAMS 300)

Professor Mark Cooper
Class: T and TH 10:05 - 11:20 AM

Do low budgets inspire creativity? How do policies shaping global trade affect media where you live? This course considers a recent outpouring of scholarship that engages such questions. Insights gleaned from this scholarship will allow students to stage original research projects on local media industries. 


FAMS 511  Action Heroines (prereq: FAMS 240)

Professor Lauren Steimer
Class:  T and TH 4:25 - 5:40 
Screening: Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30  OR  Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 PM   (Attend the screening of your choice.)
cross listed with MART 591

Fighting female protagonists date back to the earliest cinematic examples of the action genre in Asia, Europe, and the United States. This course considers the many permutations of the international action heroine in both film and television. This course is concerned with material issues connected to the action heroine: economies of stardom, reception contexts, labor practices, and regimes of bodily training. 


FAMS 566  The South on Screen (prereq: FAMS 240)

Professor Susan Courtney
Class: T and TH 2:50 - 4:05
Screening: Tuesday 4:25 - 6:25 OR Sunday 4:05 - 6:05 PM  (Attend the screening of your choice.)
cross listed with ENGL 566 and SOST 405

Paying close attention to what the South has looked and sounded like on screens large and small (at the movies, on TV, etc.) in the last century, this course asks: What histories and mythologies of region, race, class, nation, gender, and sexuality circulate in the history of the South on screen? And what can this media history teach us about not only the South we live in now, but also the U.S. as a whole? What—and how—have popular screen Souths (marketed to the nation and the world), as well as more independent visions, invited us to remember and forget, to feel and not feel, about our collective past? And what lessons might we draw from this history for the present and the future? Works studied may include: Django Unchained, Deliverance, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone With the Wind, Daughters of the Dust, and Sherman’s March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South in an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation, among others.