Fall 2017 Class Schedule (Atlas)

FILM 504: Seminar in History: Censorship

Steffen, F 1:00-4:00

Mandatory film screening Th 8:00-10:00

Content: Using historical case studies, this course will examine the legal, social, and artistic dimensions of censorship and content regulation in film and television. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to the censorship and regulation of Hollywood films, from the Production Code Administration to the current ratings system. The course will also look at issues such as local and international censorship, state surveillance of artists and spectators, pornography, and the home video revolution of the 1980s. Through the readings and assignments, students will develop skills in historical research questions and methodologies, especially working with primary source materials. Trigger warning: the films and videos screened in this course may contain objectionable or disturbing content of various kinds.

FILM 506: Methods in Film & Media Studies

Bernstein, W 1:00-4:00

Mandatory film screening M 8:00-10:00PM

Content: This seminar is designed for students in the second year of the Film and Media Studies M.A. program who are in the process of researching and writing their thesis.  Participants will engage in a weekly writing workshop, as well as examine and evaluate scholarly methods in film and media.  These include approaches to close analysis, authorship, genre, and historiography.  What kinds of knowledge can various methods generate?  Which aspects of film and media does a particular approach emphasize, and which does it bracket?  How are various critical or scholarly tactics in dialogue with broader intellectual, economic, social, technological and cultural histories?  Moreover, Participants will read each other’s writing and familiarize themselves with portions of the material their classmates are writing about, so that they can offer informed critique.

FILM 581: Classical Film Theory  

Holland, TTh 4:00-5:15

Mandatory film screening Tu 8:00-10:00PM   

Content: This lecture class, the first part of a year-long course in film theory, provides a grounding in theoretical works on the cinema, most of them written prior to 1980.  Film theorists whose work we will consider include Rudolf Arnheim, Hugo Munsterberg, Béla Balázs, Sergei Eisenstein, Rudolf Arnheim, André Bazin, and others.  Occasionally we will turn to thinkers whose work does not lie strictly within the bounds of film theory, yet has influenced the way people think about film.  Film screenings each week will complement the readings.

In addition to helping students acquire a foundational knowledge of classical film theory, the other major goal of this course is to train students to write about film in a theoretically informed manner, using discipline-specific language.  Consequently, students will write one-and-a-half to two pages every other week in response to the readings and the film.

FILM 598: Colloquium in Film and Media Studies

Film Studies Faculty, Fr 10:00-12:00   

This course, required of all M.A. Film Studies students, consists of bi monthly talks by Film Studies and affiliated faculty and advanced graduate students.  It is designed for the presentation of new research and the professionalization of graduate students in the Film Studies program.  One credit hour. 

FILM 597R 00P: Directed Study


Prerequisite: Written permission of instructor prior to preregistration.    

FILM 599R 00P: Thesis Research


Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.