Skip to Content

College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program


Spring 2016

A complete list of Film and Media Studies course offerings for Spring 2016 can also be viewed on USC's Master Schedule. 
NOTE: FILM 240 is a pre-requisite for 500 level courses.

 

FILM 110 Media Culture

Professor Lauren Steimer
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.

 

FILM 240.001 Introduction to Film and Media Studies

Professor Susan Courtney
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 10:05 - 11:20 AM
Screening: Tuesday  4:25 - 6:25 PM

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.

 

FILM 240.002 Introduction to Film and Media Studies

Professor Susan Courtney
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15 - 2:30 PM
Screening: Tuesday  4:25 - 6:25 PM

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.

 

FILM 240.003 Introduction to Film and Media Studies

Professor Sue Felleman
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 2:50 - 4:05 PM
Screening: Tuesday  6:00 - 8:00 PM

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.

 

FILM 240 H01 Introduction to Film and Media Studies  HONORS SECTION

Professor Mark Minett
Class: Monday and Wednesday 2:20 - 3:35 PM
Screening: Mondays 7:05 - 9:05 PM 

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

 

FILM 300 Film and Media History and FILM 300-H01 (Honors section)

Professor Mark Cooper
Class: Monday and Wednesday 3:55 - 5:10 PM
Screening: Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM

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 470 Genre Studies:  AMERICAN TELEVISION

Professor Mark Minett
Class: Monday and Wednesday 3:55 - 5:10 PM 

MEETS WITH ENGL 439 section

American television has never been as popular, as prestigious, as plentiful, or as pertinent to understanding American media culture. This course will prepare students to examine American television, past and present, from multiple perspectives: as an industry, as an art form, as a representation of society and identity, and as a set of practices engaged in by viewers. From networks to Netflix, from Sesame Street to soap operas to The Sopranos, and from live-tweeting Pretty Little Liars to binge-viewing Breaking Bad, this course will survey the complex and constantly changing features of American television.
 

FILM 473 Film and Media Theory and Criticism: MEDIA, POWER AND EVERYDAY LIFE

Professor Mark Cooper
Class: Monday and Wednesday 2:20 - 3:35 PM
Screening: Mondays  5:30 - 7:30 PM 
cross listed with ENGL 473

Media captivates us. But what might we mean by "media"? And how might we evaluate its power in our everyday lives? This course will consider several possible answers to these questions. In the end, each student will be able to defend one. 

 

FILM 510.001 THE BLOCKBUSTER

Professor Lauren Steimer
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 2:50 - 4:05 PM
Screening: Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
cross listed with MART 592

This course examines the history of the blockbuster film via an analysis of marketing tactics, exhibition strategies, financing options, and distribution patterns. Topics addressed in this class include: product placement, audience research, marketing: trailers, posters, tie-ins, soundtrack and score design, release patterns, casting considerations, and the tendency of producers to green light “pre-sold” properties. This course necessitates knowledge of film terminology but the approach to the films screened is more inclined to an analysis of films as products than toward formal analytics.  

 

FILM 510.002  MUSIC AND THE HOLLYWOOD FILM

Professor Julie Hubbert
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15 - 2:30 PM
Screening: Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:30 PM
cross listed with:  MART 592 

This course will examine the use of music in sound film from the early 1930s to the present day.  It will cover the work of major film composers (Steiner, Herrmann, Williams, and Zimmer) and important structural trends from orchestral scoring to pop compilations.  It will also consider music’s relationship to other elements on the film soundtrack, and the synergies film music has generated between the music recording industry, music videos and games.

 

FILM 511.001  WARD ONE II 

Professor Heidi Rae Cooley
Class: Thursdays 4:25 - 7:10 PM
cross listed with and/or meets with MART 795A.001, MART 591.002, CSCE 571.001, CSCE 790.004

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 continue the development of a mobile location-aware application that draws attention to the history of racial politics that made space for Greek Village, the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center, and the Koger Center. 

 

FILM 511.002   FEMINISM, ART AND MEDIA

Professor Susan Felleman
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 11:40 - 12:55 PM
screening: Mondays 7:30 - 9:30 PM
cross listed and/or meets with ARTH 590, MART 591 and WGST 598

This course introduces basic issues for feminism and feminist theory in art and media through reading and viewing around case studies in the history of fine arts, photography, film and video. Participants will read intensively (2-3 readings per week) and work to understand and articulate feminist critical debates and developments. 

 

FILM 555 Documentary Film and Media Studies: "Intelligence Work"

Professor Heidi Rae Cooley 
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15 - 2:30 PM
screening: Wednesdays 7:35 - 9:35 PM (the screening time is shared with MART 571B Documentary Production)
cross listed with MART 595

This course invites students to consider the history and theories of documentary film and media in terms of the “intelligence work” (Kahana) they perform. It asks students to consider both (1) how documentary media objects (e.g., films, video, interactive modes of presentation) invite public engagement in the issues they present and (2) how such engagement is mobilized through the very technologies that serve to distract critical engagement.