These are the courses scheduled for Fall 2017 that count toward the Film & Media Studies minor. To determine whether other courses may count toward FAMS, please contact the director.
COMM 208-002 Intro Media Production 1:30-4:10pm W David King Jr. Hall 1011B David Miller firstname.lastname@example.org | This is a beginner’s course designed to provide students with an understanding of camera operation, framing and composition, lighting, audio and editing. Grading will be heavily based on technical proficiency and artistic expression using the basic tools of media production.
COMM 208-003 4:30-7:10pm M David King Jr. Hall 1011B Nancy Mantelli email@example.com | This is a beginner’s course designed to provide students with an understanding of camera operation, framing and composition, lighting, audio and editing. Grading will be heavily based on technical proficiency and artistic expression using the basic tools of media production.
COMM 302-001 Foundations of Media Theory 1:30-2:45pm MW Lecture Hall 2 Richard Craig firstname.lastname@example.org | Provides a comprehensive review of mass communication and media theory, focusing on media effects and the complex relationships between media producers, messages, technologies, and users and audiences. Examines role of media in news, politics, and popular culture.
COMM 302-002 Foundations of Media Theory 1:30-2:45pmTR Krug Hall 242 Timothy Gibson email@example.com | How does popular culture help shape our identities and our understanding of the social world? How does the news shape our understandings of political and social issues? How have digital networking technologies transformed media production and consumption as well as the conduct of everyday life? In this course, we will examine a variety of theories addressing the complex relationships between media producers, technologies, content, and audiences, and we will also explore how each theoretical perspective emerged in response to particular historical and political circumstances. Finally, in our discussions, we will attempt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective, and learn how each theory helps us better understand our relationship to the contemporary media environment.
ENGH 372-001 Introduction to Film 12-1:15pm TR Robinson Hall A247 Jessica Scarlata | Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Arts.
ENGH 371-001 Television Studies: Love and Hate in Global TV 12-1:15pm MW Robinson Hall A249 Hatim El-Hibri | How has globalization affected the television industry? How have the social, ethnic, and political tensions of globalization found expression in contemporary programming? And why do we hate some characters, and love others? This class will introduce students to the critical study of television by interrogating the imaginaries underpinning depictions of family and kinship, romance and intimacy, diaspora and immigration, and xenophobia and exoticism. The course will examine new forms of financing and distribution, as well as a programs and genres from around the world. Topics may include British-US co-productions, Korean Hallyu serials, narcodramas, Turkish and Syrian historical fiction, Indian soaps, US scifi and fantasy drama, and Scandinavian crime shows. Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Arts.
FAVS 225-001 History of World Cinema 10:30am-1:10pm F Art and Design Building 1007 Robert Farr firstname.lastname@example.org | The course will enable students to comprehend the evolution of the history and language of cinema in order to connect the art of filmmaking with the “outside forces” (economic institutions, key figures, historical events and social issues) that shape it. Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Arts.
FAVS 225-002 History of World Cinema 4:30-7:10pm W Robinson Hall A106 Sam Meddis email@example.com | Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Arts.
FAVS 225 DL-1 History of World Cinema KJ Mohr | Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Arts.
FAVS 300-001 Global Horror Film 10:30am-1:10pm M Art and Design Building 1007 TBA | Taking an historical approach through various national and international cinemas, the course begins with horror film’s literary and theatrical origins and traces its development into modern and postmodern forms of storytelling. Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding.
FAVS 300-002 Global Horror Film 1:30-4:10pm F Art and Design Building 1007 Ziad Foty | Fulfills Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding.
FAVS 365 Documentary Filmmaking 4:30-7:10pm M de Laski Performing Arts Bldg 3019 Yi Chen firstname.lastname@example.org
FAVS 378 Web Series 4:30-5:45pm TR Art and Design Building 2001 TBA
FAVS 399-005 Contemporary Chinese Film 7:20-10pm T East 122 Carmelita Hinton | This course is an introduction to Chinese cinema from its beginnings to the present, focusing on productions from Mainland China, with a section on films of Taiwan. Class is taught in English. No prior knowledge of Chinese history, culture, film, or language is required.
399-007 Interactive Storytelling for Social Change 10:30am-1:10pm T de Laski Performing Arts Bldg 3019 Giovanna Chesler email@example.com | Students study the craft of transmedia storytelling while producing projects for impact and action. Transmedia is a way of telling stories across media platforms, for both fiction and non-fiction. This allows creators to engage television and film audiences for greater impact. Students will also study transmedia as a readily used marketing tool in our industry.
INTS 375-007 History at the Movies 10:30am-1:10pm TR Robinson Hall A246 Matthew B Karush firstname.lastname@example.org and Alison Landsberg email@example.com | Many of our ideas about the past, and our images of what it looked like, come from the movies. This course explores how film might represent a serious and complex engagement with the past. We will watch movies from the US, Europe and Latin America -- about slavery, revolution, the Holocaust, and dictatorship -- to uncover how they represent the past in ways not possible in written form. We will explore not only what these films tell us about the past but also what they reveal about the political and historical moments in which they were produced. Why do certain historical episodes become “popular” at certain moments? What work do historical films do in the present?
FRLN 331-001: War and Film 3-4:15 pm MW Music/Theater Building 1004 | Michael Jeck firstname.lastname@example.org | The depiction of war is especially fitted to film, with its capacity for real time and physical reenactments. This course aims to follow its depiction in movies from around the world, from early silents to present day spectacles, and from ancient warfare to the US war in Vietnam, discussing each film in the context of the time when it was made and the time it depicts. Our aim will be to gain a basic understanding of military history (via fiction films) as well as critical reading skills. Films will include Alexander Nevsky, Kagemusha, Glory, Stalingrad, and Platoon. Fulfills Mason Core requirement in Global Understanding.
FRLN 331-002: International Mysteries 3-4:15pm TR Music/Theater Building 1004 | Michael Jeck email@example.com | Policier, serie noire, giallo, krimi, astinomika, suiri: arguably now the most universal of genres, the mystery, cop show, detective story, or thriller is also one of the most flexible and accommodating, providing the opportunity for stylistic pyrotechnics by great directors, the dramatization of classic stories and characters, and a specific window into other cultures. Students will discover these films' richly cinematic values, acquire critical reading skills, and, perhaps, gain a greater facility in spotting the killer. Films will include M, The Third Man, the Russian Sherlock Holmes, High and Low, and the complete Finnish miniseries Raid. Fulfills Mason Core requirement in Global Understanding.
JAPA 320-002 Japanese Cinema 5:55-7:10pm TR Room TBA Michael Jeck firstname.lastname@example.org | This course aims for a very broad survey of one of the world’s richest cinemas, from the silent era to the relatively recent, touching on a wide range of genres and subjects, from lightning fast samura action to the beautiful stillness of Ozu. It is also a course on film, and not on Japanese culture through film, and the emphasis will be on discovering the particularly filmic values to be found in the works of some of the world’s greatest directors, while also acquiring critical skills in reading film and Japanese culture. Films may include: Late Spring, Godzilla, Samurai Rebellion, I Live in Fear, and Tampopo. Fulfills Mason Core requirement in Global Understanding.