Film Studies Program

Spring 2019 Courses

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ANT 240 Technology, Culture and Society (MWF 1:50-2:55) (Barber) (LCC) Examines the role of technology in cultural change and the role of culture in technological change. Particular attention will be given to: the Internet and other so-called “virtual community” formations, graphic design and other media, “reality” TV, cross-cultural advertising, and popular music.

AVA 262 Real and Recorded Time (MW 9:30 am – 12:30 pm) (Orellana) (HUM) This course will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of four-dimensional art or time-based artwork, using a variety of processes and media. Students explore concepts in animation techniques, video and audio production, editing, interactivity, installation, and documentation. Class lectures and hands-on studio time will incorporate technique demonstrations, screenings, readings, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to the course. Outside work is required. Prerequisite(s): Any Studio Art course or permission of instructor.

ATH 203/FLM 203 Writing About Film (TTh 1:55-3:40) (Chilcoat) (HUM)

AVA 320 Photography 3 (TTh 9:30 am – 12:30 pm) (Benjamin) (HUM) This class is a “Portfolio Project” where each student conceptualizes a project to work on for the whole term resulting in a finished photography portfolio of at least 20 prints and 40 artist’s proofs. Students will also do research projects about a group of photographers whose work might inform their own. Prerequisite(s): Photography II or permission of instructor; limited enrollment. Digital camera required.

ECE 241 Discrete Systems with Lab (MWF 9:15-10:20) (Pappu) (WAC) Discrete signals and systems; classification and properties of systems; difference equations; Z-transform; Fourier series, Fourier transforms, the DFT and FFT; filters and filter design; A/D and D/A converters; applications to audio signal processing. Includes a weekly lab. Prerequisite(s): ECE 240 Corequisite(s): ECE 241L

HST 287 Film and Modern India (MWF 1:50-2:55) (Mazumder) (LCC) This course uses a medium of visual representation-cinema-to explore the portrayal of India. It historically traces the development of the cinematic industry in India and highlights the changing images of the region since the 1950s. Each decade evokes a list of stereotypes, of ideas, and of historical realities. We will examine the extent to which films in each decade captured the reality of the period. In particular, we will trace the maturation of the idea of a nation through films and we will explore the positioning of gender in these decades. In general, this course will adopt critical approaches for looking at aesthetics and the representation of South Asia through cinema.

HST 331 US History in Film (TTh 1:55-3:40) (Feffer) (WAC) This course compares the representation of American history in Hollywood film with the reconstruction of our past by scholars. Each week students will critically examine the historically-based films of D. W. Griffith, John Ford, Frank Capra, and others. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or 200-level history course or permission of the instructor