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College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program

Spring 2015

FILM 110/MART 110:  Media Culture [Carolina Core:  AIU]

Professor Heidi R. Cooley
Class:  Tuesday and Thursday  4:25 – 5:40 PM
Screening: Tuesdays  6:00 – 8:00 PM

Introduces non-majors to the critical study of a range of media forms (e.g., film, video, photography, new media).

FILM 240:  Introduction to Film and Media Studies [Carolina Core:  AIU]

See master schedule for multiple times and instructors

Introduction to the critical study of film and media. Students develop analytical skills with which to closely analyze, verbally and in writing, the formal elements (e.g., editing, cinematography, sound) through which audiovisual media communicate. Students also deploy these skills to consider key critical concepts in film and media studies. Designed for majors, minors and anyone else who wants to develop analytical tools for interrogating audiovisual media as well as argumentative writing skills.

FILM 300:  Film and Media History [Carolina Core:  GHS]

See master schedule for multiple times and instructors, including NEW Honor's Section.

Surveys the development of cinema and related media from the 1820s to the present.  Attention to the relations among key technological, cultural, and industrial changes, their causes, and consequences.

FILM 473:  Film and Media Theory and Criticism

Professor Lauren Steimer
Class:  Monday and Wednesday  2:20 – 3:55 PM
Screening: Thursdays  6:00 – 8:00 PM

To help us understand what screen culture is and has been, and what people have imagined it could be, this course studies the rich history of critical and theoretical writings about film and related media from the 1910s to the present. These offer a diverse body of modern thought (informed by semiotics, Marxism, feminism, critical race studies, technology studies, and more) and a rich repertoire of analytical tools. We'll closely read the written texts; analyze moving images (e.g., films, TV, websites) through the lenses they offer and use the moving images in turn to reflect upon, refine, and expand the theories we read.

FILM 511.001/MART 595B.001:  Special Topics in Film and Media Studies - The American Teen Film

Professor Lauren Steimer
Class:  Monday and Wednesday  3:55 – 5:10 PM
Screening: Mondays  5:30 – 7:30 PM

The growth of “teen culture” in America in the Post-War era can be directly linked to the perceived spending power of adolescent consumers.  Teen consumers have been one of the most sought-after audiences for the Hollywood film industry for the last 50 years.  The course examines shifts in the semantic and syntactic elements of the American teen film genre across the last fifty years.  One particular area that this course contends with is the correlation between the over-population of teen films and shifts in modes of exhibition post-1948.

FILM 511.002/ARTH 539/MART 595C:  Special Topics in Film and Media Studies - Art and Cinema

Professor Susan Felleman
Class:  Tuesday and Thursday  11:40 – 12:55 PM
Screening: Mondays  7:30 – 9:30 PM

An advanced course about intermediality: the various ways cinema and the other visual arts have intersected, interacted and related to another from the period of protocinema to the present. Topics addressed will include artists’ films and avant-garde cinema, animated film, the art film, art in film, film in art, art documentaries, artist biopics, and art history and mise-en-scène. The course involves intensive reading in art and film history, theory and aesthetics. Students are expected to engage in critical reading, thinking and discussion, regular writing assignments, to research and deliver a short presentation, and to collaborate on a creative/scholarly project.

FILM 566.001/ENGL 566.001:  Special Topics in U.S. Film and Media - Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s

Professor Susan Courtney
Class:  Tuesday and Thursday  4:25 – 5:40 PM
Screening: Tuesdays  6:00 – 8:00 PM

This course examines two significant decades of rupture and change, at the movies and in U.S. culture at large.  Provocative combinations of change and convention are particularly evident in Hollywood cinema in these decades, registered by the eruption of contemporary conflicts in plots and characters, but also by subtle and dramatic transformations of “classical Hollywood” style itself.  It considers ruptures of both kinds, social and aesthetic, and how they interact in this period of American cinema.

FILM 566.002/ENGL 566.002:  Alfred Hitchcock:  Gender, Sexuality, and Representation

Professor David Greven
Class:  Tuesday and Thursday  1:15 – 2:30 PM
Screening: Wednesdays  7:00 – 9:00 PM

This course examines several key works of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most important directors in film history, paying close attention to the recurring motifs and concerns in his body of work.  This course examines Hitchcock’s cinematic art, focusing on the intersection between his complex aesthetics and his controversial representation of gender roles & sexuality.  

MART 595A/CSCE 590 - Critical Initiatives: Ward One

Professor Heidi R. Cooley
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15 - 2:30 PM

This is an interdisciplinary course that merges theory and practice to consider how interactive digital applications can be applied to the concerns of public history. This course will develop prototypes for (1) a mobile application and (2) an interactive website that draw attention to the history of racial politics that made space for Greek Village, the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center, and the Koger Center.


Graduate Courses

Graduate students may enroll in any 500-level FILM course.