Courses for Spring 2016

Courses for Spring 2016

These are the courses scheduled for Spring 2016 that count toward the Film & Media Studies minor. To determine whether other courses may count toward FAMS, please contact the director.





Art and Visual Technology 

AVT 377-001: Cyberpunk 4:30-7:10pm TR Art and Design Building 1007 Mark Cooley An exploration of cyberculture through analysis and critique of Cyberpunk literature and media. Assignments include readings, writings, discussions, film screenings, and creative projects (4 credits).


COMM 302-001 Foundations of Mass Communication 9-10:15am TR Music/Theater Building 1007 Raphael Mazzone How have media and communication technologies transformed American culture and society? What influence do media messages exert in shaping our identities, our politics, and our understanding of the social world? How have digital networking technologies transformed media production and consumption? 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 how each theory helps us better understand the contemporary media environment.

COMM 302-002 Foundations of Mass Communication 4:30-7:10pm W Planetary Hall 212 Nader Chaaban

COMM 302-003 Foundations of Mass Communication 1:30-2:45pm MW Robinson Hall B203 Raphael Mazzone

COMM 302-DL1 Foundations of Mass Communication Nader Chaaban

COMM 350-001 Mass Communication and Public Policy 12-1:15pm MW Planetary Hall 127 Richard Craig

COMM 355-001 Video Principles and Practices 4:30-7:10pm M David King Jr. Hall 1011B Nancy Mantelli

COMM 355-002 Video Principles and Practices 1:30-2:45pm TR David King Jr. Hall 1011B David Miller

COMM 358-001 Video Producing and Directing 7:20-10pm W David King Jr. Hall 1011B TBA

COMM 360-001 Video Editing 10:30am-1:15pm R Robinson Hall A352 TBA

COMM 380-DL1 David Miller


ENGH 371-001 Television Studies 10:30-11:45am TR Robinson A123 Cynthia Fuchs | This course looks at TV in multiple forms, as a cultural institution and commercial industry, as a means to tell stories and create art in shifting formats. We examine specific instances of genre, style, and medium, including webcasts, news, sports TV ("Football on your phone"), as well as series, reality TV, and soaps. At the same time, the course considers how content shapes narrative structures and practices, for instance, the effects of social media on TV watching as a collective and individual experience Programs may include American Crime, The Americans, Broad City, Daredevil, Empire, Fresh Off the Boat, Gotham, ESPN SportsCenter, The Leftovers, Mr. Robot, Scandal, This Week with John Oliver, Vice News, and The Walking Dead. Fulfills Core Requirement for Arts. 

ENGH 372-002 Introduction to Film 4:30-7:10pm T Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L003 Jessica Scarlata | Fulfills Core Requirement for Arts.

ENGH 373-001 Film and Video Forms 9-10:15am TR West Building 1007 Cynthia Fuchs | The course considers how movies, videos, and TV tell stories. We think about how they construct subjects and position viewers, by creating convincing, emotionally potent "realities." Looking at how fiction films, documentaries, and television take on similar topics, we'll examine narrative and formal conventions, political and historical contexts, and the effects of budgets, technologies, and commercial culture. Movies and TV may include The Act of KillingThe Amina Profile: Gay Girl in Damascus, AmyDopeEx Machina, Goodnight MommyHeart of a Dog, The Jinx, The Look of Silence, Mr. Robot, Selma, Taxi Tehran, and (T)Error. 

ENGH 472-001/English 670-001 Film & Cultural Theory 7:20-10pm W Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 122 Jessica Scarlata

Film and Video Studies

FAVS 225-001 History of World Cinema
 10:30-11:45am TR Robinson Hall B208 TBA 

FAVS 225-DL1 The History of World Cinema TBA

FAVS 280-001 Writing for the Moving Image 1:30-2:45pm TR Robinson Hall A352 Hans Charles

FAVS 300-001 Global Horror Film 4:30-7:10pm R Art and Design Building 1005 Thomas Britt | 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 in Global Understanding.

FAVS 335-001 Sound and Lighting 10:30-1:10pmW de Laski Performing Arts Bldg A101 Richard Wood

FAVS 352-001 Ethics of Film & Video 1:30-2:45pm TR Robinson Hall A101 Thomas Britt | Prerequisite(s): Completion or concurrent enrollment in all other required Mason Core courses and completion of 21 credits within the FAVS program. Fulfills Core Requirement for Synthesis.

FAVS 378-001 Web Series 4:30-5:45pm MW Robinson Hall A352 TBA

FAVS 399-001 Live Movies 4:30-7:10pm MW Art and Design Building 1007 Gail White

Modern and Classical Languages

CLAS 390-001 Classical Epic on Film 10:30-11:45am TR Robinson B124 Martin Winkler

FRLN 331-001 International Mysteries 3-4:15pm TR Music/Theater Building 1002 Michael Jeck | 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 HolmesHigh and Low, and the complete Finnish miniseries Raid. Taught in English. Fulfills Core Requirement for Global Understanding. 

FRLN 331-002 War and Film 3-4:15pm MW Music/Theater Building 1002 Michael Jeck | The depiction of war is well fitted to film, with its capacity for full-scale, real time, physical re-enaction. This course considers films from around the world, from early silents to present day spectacles, from ancient warfare to Vietnam. Each film will be discussed in the context of the time in which it was made and the time it depicts, the object being the acquisition of a basic understanding of military history, and of critical skills re film in general, and particularly in regard to one of its most long-lasting, and least critically appreciated, genres. Films will include Alexander Nevsky, Kagemusha, Glory, Stalingrad, and Platoon. Taught in English. Fulfills Core Requirement for Global Understanding.

JAPA 320-001 Japanese Cinema 5:55-7:10pm TR Rob A109 | Michael Jeck | 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 samurai action to the beautiful stillness of Ozu. It is a course on film, not 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. Films include Late Spring, Godzilla, Samurai Rebellion, I Live in Fear, and Tampopo. Fulfills an elective for the BA in Global Affairs with the Asia concentration.  

SPAN 551-001 Latin American Film & TV Studies
 4:30-7:10pm T Aquia Building 347 Lisa Rabin | This introduction to Latin American film and television studies looks at contemporary trends in film and television studies, including film theory, the archival turn, and ethnographies of television reception, as they relate to the film and television cultures of the rich and diverse regions of Latin America. The course’s historical purview takes students from classical narratives of the 1930s and 40s to revolutionary cinema of the 1960s and '70s to melorealism and the telenovela of the contemporary period. Taught in Spanish and open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.