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College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program


Spring 2017

FAMS 110.001 Media Culture (= MART 110.001)

Professor Lauren Steimer
Class: TR 4:25 PM - 5:40 PM; Screening: T 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Analyze and contextualize our image-saturated media culture; develop an descriptive vocabulary for images; explore key concepts in and theories of audio-visual media. Apply media analysis skills to the art of media production.
AIU Aesthetic/Interpretive

FAMS 240 Introduction to Film and Media Studies

Closely analyze moving image media (including their sounds) and develop compelling written arguments about specific works. Required for the major and minor in Film and Media Studies.
AIU Aesthetic/Interpretive

Section 001

Professor Evren Ozselcuk
Class: TR 10:05 - 11:20 AM; Screening: T 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Section 002

Professor Evren Ozselcuk
Class: TR 1:15 - 2:30 PM; Screening: T 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Section E01

Professor Kelly Wolf
Class: MW 6:00 - 7:15 PM; Screening: M 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Section H01 (Honors Only)

Professor Susan Courtney
Class: TR 1:15 - 2:30 PM; Screening: T 4:25 - 6:55 PM

FAMS 300 Film and Media History

Survey the development of cinema and related media from the pyramids to the present, with an emphasis on mass media after the 1820s. Attend to the relations among key technological, cultural, and industrial changes, their causes, and consequences. Develop core skills in media history research and interpretation. Required for the major and minor in Film and Media Studies.
GHS Global/History(non-US)

Section 001

Professor Kelly Wolf
Class: MW 3:55 - 5:10 PM; Screening: T 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Section H01 (Honors Only)

Professor Mark Cooper
Class: MWF 10:50-11:40 PM: Screening: W 5:30 - 8:00 PM

FAMS 470.001 Genre Studies: American Television (= ENGL 439.001)

Professor Mark Minett
Class: MW 3:55 - 5:10 PM; Screening: M 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Survey the complex and changing features of American television 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. Prepare 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.

FAMS 470.002 Genre Studies: Middle Eastern Cinema

Professor Evren Ozselcuk
Class: MW 03:55 - 5:10 PM; Screening: M 5:30 - 5:10 PM
Survey films from the Middle East and North Africa and explore the socio-political contexts in which they have been produced. Analyze film form and content in light of various theoretical frameworks, including postcolonial, feminist, and psychoanalytical. Examine modernity, religion and secularism, constructions of femininity/masculinity, political conflict, and occupied territories. Investigate global processes of power and representation.

FAMS 470 Genre Studies: The Period Film (= ARTH 390.003)

Professor Susan Felleman
Class: MW 3:55 - 5:10 PM; Screening: W 5:30 - 8:00 PM
In tandem with the Columbia Museum of Art's "CUT!: Costume and the Cinema" exhibition, explore how and to what ends films evoke historical periods. Consider subgeneres including historical films, literary adaptations, and biopics, examine scholarship on the "heritage film" and "costume drama," and investigate the preproduction work of research, production of settings and costumes, and issues of style, stardom, and reception.

FAMS 473.001 Film and Media Theory/Criticism: Media, Power & Everyday Life (= ENGL 473.001, MART 591.001)

Professor Heidi Rae Cooley
Class: TR 1:15 - 02:30 PM; No screening
Media captivates us. But what might we mean by "media"? And how might we evaluate its power in our everyday lives? Consider several broadly influential answers to these questions culled from the past century of research. In the end, be able to defend one. Required for the major and minor in Film and Media Studies.
Prereq: FAMS 240 or permission of instructor.

FAMS 510.001 The History of Experimental Film ( = ARTH 569.001/MART592.001)

Professor Susan Felleman
Class: MW 12:00 - 02:00 PM (includes screening)
Discover a parallel history of film created by artists who have seen and explored possibilities other than the dominant (illusionistic narrative) in the medium. Survey some of the most important currents in that history, from abstraction, poetry and radical revolt in avant-garde practices of the 1920s to psychodrama, cameraless film, experiments in animation and collage, Underground, Structuralist and found footage film, and more.
Prereq: FAMS 300 or permission of instructor.
INT Integrative

FAMS 511.001 Critical Interactives: Ward One III (= MART 591.002, CSCE 571.001/H01)

Professors Heidi Rae Cooley and Duncan Buell
Class: TR 4:25 - 05:40 PM
Join undergraduate and graduate students from computer science and the humanities to build interactive digital projects for the public. Continue development of a mobile application that presents the history of Ward One, a predominately African American community displaced by mid-century urban renewal. Work with former Ward One residents whose homes were razed in order to enable UoSC's expansion.
Requires Permission of Instructor
INT Integrative

FAMS 566.001 Superheroes across Media (= ENGL566.001)

Professor Mark Minett
Class: MW 2:20 - 3:35 PM; Screening: M 7:05 - 9:35 PM
Trace the aesthetic, cultural, technological, and industrial history of the superhero genre and superhero storytelling in comics, television, film, radio, and new media with an emphasis on the transmedia franchising and (re)iteration of iconic "comic book superheroes" such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers.
INT Integrative

FAMS 598.001 British Television ( = MART 594.001)

Professor Lauren Steimer
Class: TR 2:50 - 4:05 PM; Screening: T 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Examine the industrial structures, network histories, production cultures, and regulation contexts of contemporary (Post-OFCOM) British television via analysis of the diverse state-owned and commercial platforms for public service broadcasting (e.g. The BBC, ITV, and Channel 4).
Prereq: FAMS 240 or permission of instructor.
GLD Global Learning and INT Integrative

FAMS 710.00 Advanced Topics: Race and Media ( = ENGL 765.001)

Professor Susan Courtney
Class: R 4:25 - 7:10 PM; Screening: T 7:35 -10:05 PM
Consider critical, historical, and theoretical methods for studying race in media studies, with emphasis on U.S. screen media. Engage the current national conversation sparked by viral cell phone videos, as well as scholarship on film, television, and digital media—including popular "classics" and a history of counter-media from Within Our Gates to The Wire. Opportunities for archival research in USC's Moving Image Research Collections.
OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY