Spring 2018 Media Studies Courses

Claremont McKenna

FREN 133 CM: Africa in France

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. KRV Room LC61 (The Kravis Center)

Since the late 1960s, new generations of French citizens has emerged to redefine France and Frenchness. These new generations are French citizens whose parents or grandparents were originally from North Africa or sub-Saharan Africa, yet who grew up or were born in France, often in the suburbs of major French cities. This course will focus on their experience and more broadly the experience of being African in France in the 21st Century, an experience rooted in migration and colonial history between France and the African continent. Specifically, however, we will also examine the place this new generation occupies in France today through close readings of selected literary and critical texts and through a range of media, old and new, aural and visual. Instructor: Aitel, Fazia. [Elective]

LIT 030 CM: Introduction to Video Art

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This is an introductory course in digital video production. The course provides an opportunity for students to explore the language and aesthetics of film and media through creative projects. Over the course of the semester, students will make a series of short videos, and will consider how video production helps to elucidate important concepts in the history and theory of film and media practice. Practical instruction will be given in the use of cameras, tripods, microphones, lighting and editing equipment. In addition to video projects, coursework will include readings and screenings. Prerequisite: One introductory film studies or media studies course. Film & Media Studies majors only. Instructor: Schur, Thomas. [Production]

LIT 036 CM: Screenwriting

T 6:00-9:00PM. RS Room 103 (Roberts South)

A seminar-workshop on the theory and practice of writing screenplays. We will view films and read scripts in a variety of genres, examine the roles of art, craft, and commerce in writing for film, and discuss in general the enterprise of being a writer. Each student will make substantial progress in the writing of an original screenplay. Prerequisite: written permission of department chair. All registered students must attend the first class. Instructor permission required
Email cover letter to Prof: Morrison at jmorrison@cmc.edu. Instructor: Morrison, James E. [Elective] 


AFRI 144A AF: Black Women Feminism(s) and Social Change

T 1:15-4:00PM. LE Room 113 (LeBus Court)

Introduction to the theoretical and practical contributions of African-American feminists who maintain that issues of race, gender, sexuality and social class are central, rather than peripheral, to any history, analysis, assessment, or strategy for bringing about change in the United States. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory] 

ARHI 184 PO: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. LE Room 113 (LeBus Court)

A comparative analysis of artistic production in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in the 20th and 21st centuries. Examines issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and the relationships between artistic theories and practices, economic developments and social and political movements (e.g., the Mexican Revolution, the Depression, the Women’s Movement). Instructor: Pohl, Frances K. [Art History]

ARHI 186W PO: Whiteness: Race, Sex, Representation

R 1:15-4:00PM. LE Room 113 (LeBus Court)

Interrogation of linguistics, conceptual and practical solipsisms that contribute to the construction and normalization of “Whiteness” in aesthetics, visual culture and cultural criticism. Questions dialects of “Blackness” and “Whiteness” that dominate Western intellectual thought and popular culture, thereby informing notions and visual representations of race, gender, sexuality, class and nationality. Letter grade only. Instructor: Jackson, Phyllis J. [Theory]

ART 020 PO: Black and White Photography

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. STAR Room 214 (Studio Arts)

Introductory photography course focuses on traditional black and white processes. Readings and lectures about issues, ideas, and photographers give students the opportunity to contextualize their own work within the trajectory of photographic history. Emphasis falls equally on questions of “how?” and “why?” and a final self-directed project allows students to explore their specific interests. Letter grade only. By PERM only. Instructor: Auerbach, Lisa Anne. [Production]

ART 021 PO: Foundations of 2D Design

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. STAR Room 215 (Studio Arts)

Foundations of 2D Design is a hands on introduction to the principles of visual design. Letter grade only. Non-Pomona requires PERM. Instructor: Allen, Mark. [Production]

CSCI 051J PO: Intro to CS in Java w/Lab

MWF 11:00-11:50AM. EDMS Room 114 (Edmunds)

F 1:15-4:00PM. EDMS Room 219 (Edmunds)

Introduction to the field of computer science using the object-oriented language Java. Topics include iteration and recursion, basic data structures, sorting and searching, elementary analysis of algorithms and a thorough introduction to object-oriented programming. Special emphasis on graphics, animation, event-driven programming and the use of concurrency to make more interesting programs. No previous programming experience required. The topics will be introduced using Java as the vehicle. Students must take the lab associated with this section only. Previously offered as CSCI051 PO. Course is equivalent to CSCI051G PO, CSCI051P PO, CSCI030 PO, and CSCI005 HM. Seniors & Juniors by PERM only. Instructor: Roshanaei, Mahnaz. [Elective]

CSCI 052 PO: Fundamentals of Computer Science

TR 9:35-10:50AM. SCOM Room 102 (Seaver Commons)

A solid foundation in functional programming, procedural and data abstraction, recursion and problem-solving. Applications to key areas of computer science, including algorithms and complexity, computer architecture and organization, programming languages, finite automata and computability. This course serves the same role as HM 60 as a prerequisite for upper-division computer science courses at any of the Claremont Colleges. Prerequisite: 51. First-years and sophomores only. Instructor: Bull, Everett L., Jr. [Elective] 

HIST 129 PO: Hollywood, War, & Empire

TR 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 19 (Mason Hall)

Film evolved at the same time as modern global empires and devastating wars. This course introduces students to the evolution of motion pictures which make claims to truth about these cataclysmic events, with an emphasis on US films and filmmakers. Beginning with silent films showing historic tableaus through the propaganda films of World War II to anti-war films of the 50s and 60s and the controversial political documentaries of today, students will consider both the history of film and the history presented by film. As a final project, students research and propose their own historical film dealing with the US role in the world. Previously offered as HIST122 PO. Instructor: Silverman, Victor I. [Elective] 

JPNT 176 PO: Time & Space in Modern Japan

MW 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 15 (Mason Hall)

This course offers an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to the literary expression of Japanese temporal and spatial concepts from the 8th century onward, with some reference to China and Korea. The focus, however, is on modern Japan, which in some ways “left Asia,” looking ahead to a very foreign time-space but trying to comprehend it with a language that does not even have a future tense. Instructor: Kurita, Kyoko. [Elective] 

MS 049 PO: Intro to Media Studies

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CR Room 02 (Crookshank Hall)

Introduction to Media Studies presents a comprehensive view of the issues important to media studies, including the development of new technologies, visual literacy, ideological analysis and the construction of content. Read theory, history and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Same course as SC 49. Letter grade only. Instructor: Friedlander, Jennifer. [Introductory]

MS 050 PO: Introduction to Film

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

M 7:00-9:50PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

One of three gateway courses to the Media Studies major, this course introduces film and video from aesthetic, historical, and political perspectives. Students learn the basic categories necessary to comprehend formally the filmic image: cinematography, mise-en-scene, and editing. Students study the history of genres and film movements and engage the theory and politics of filmic representation. Same course as LIT 130 CM. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Introductory]

MS 148B PO: Drone Theory

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CR Room 01 (Crookshank Hall)

This class draws on the figure of the drone to consider contemporary developments in media theory and practice. It invokes the drone — understood not just as a weaponized device but as forming part of a distributed, mobile, interactive, information network — to explore emerging logics of interactivity, data processing and automation. The course will rely upon critical theory to examine the development of asymmetrical power and remote control associated with drones and will situate the drone within the cultural imaginary, drawing upon the historical relationship between military and media technology. The goal will be to use the figure of the drone to illuminate more general logics of cybernetic control — their fantasies and actualities and the ways in which these relate to historical figures of automata, telepresence and action-at-a-distance. Additionally, the class will explore and critique theoretical developments that anticipate the forms of knowing, sensing and experiencing associated with the figure of the drone. Letter grade only. Instructor: Andrejevic, Mark. [Theory] 

MS 148G PO: Film Theory

MW 1:15-2:30PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

W 7:00-9:50PM. CR Room 10 (Crookshank Hall)

This course develops theoretical approaches to the analysis of film as it enters the digital era. The course starts out with classic film theory and concludes with a consideration of the impact of digitization. Along the way we will learn a number of terms, theoretical concepts and methodological approaches to critically evaluate and analyze fictional films, including formalism, realism, genre, ideology, semiotics, structuralism, psychoanalysis and postmodernism. We will consider the question of how forms of analog film fare in the digital era and what is meant by the pronouncement of the “death of film.” Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO. Letter grade only. Instructor: Connelly, Thomas J. [Theory] 

MS 149T PO: Junior Seminar: Critical Studies - Core Theories in Media Studies

T 1:15-4:00PM. CR Room 08 (Crookshank Hall)

An overview of core traditions in Critical Media Studies through in-depth engagement with key texts. This course serves as preparation for the Senior Seminar by consolidating a foundation in critical theory. Areas of focus include the following: The Frankfurt School, The Chicago School, Pragmatism, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Semiotics, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Psychoanalytical Theory, Postcolonial Theory, and Critical Race Theory. Prerequisites: MS 049 PO, MS 050 PO, or MS 051 PO, and one upper level theory class (MS 147 PO – MS 149 PO). Letter grade only. Instructor(s): Friedlander, JenniferAndrejevic, Mark. [Theory]


MS 153 PO: The Original Television Series

TR 2:45-4:00PM. MA Room 20 (Mason Hall)

The course examines the original television series, a prominent development in U.S. television and, more broadly, in American culture during the last decade. We discuss representative texts in this genre, among them The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men, and examine the genre’s distinctive features. We also look at how television series engage with American culture. Prerequisite: One of the following: 49, 50, 51, 91. Letter grade only. Instructor: Klioutchkine, Konstantine. [Media History]

MUS 096B PO: Electronic Music Studio

MW 1:15-2:30PM. THAT Room STDO (Thatcher Music Bldg)

Laboratory course designed to continue developing electronic compositions using techniques of analog and digital synthesis. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: MUS 096A PO. Instructor: Flaherty, Thomas E. [Elective]

POLI 114 PO: The Idea of America

TR 9:35-10:50AM. CA Room 12 (Carnegie Building)

This course explores, from various periods and points of view, the idea of America as: an experiment in republicanism on a scale never before attempted, the New World, a promised land, a frontier space and a dream (albeit often dashed). Examines the shifting images, ideologies and mythologies surrounding the idea of America as portrayed through fiction, film, music, sports, art, poetry and political theory. Instructor: Seery, John E. [Elective] 

PSYC 160 PO: Cognitive Psychology with Lab

TR 2:45-4:00PM. EDMS Room 101 (Edmunds)

F 1:15-2:30PM. LINC Room 2116 (Lincoln)

Survey of major models, methods, and findings in cognitive psychology. Topics will include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, and the development of expertise. Insights will be drawn from behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and the study of brain mechanisms. Prerequisites: 51. Instructor: Sher, Shlomo. [Elective]

THEA 001A PO: Basic Acting: Tools & Fundamentals

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 1

TR 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 120 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 2

TR 9:35AM-12:05PM. TE Room 120 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 3 – Prahl, Meagan

MW 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 122 (Seaver Theatre) – Section 4 

This introductory course explores the fundamentals of voice, movement, relaxation, text analysis, characterization and sensory and emotional-awareness exercises. Course material includes detailed analysis, preparation and performance of scenes. Instructor(s): Sorenson, Corey; Prahl, Meagan. [Elective] 

THEA 002 PO: The Dramatic Imagination

TR 9:35-10:50AM. TE Room 200 (Seaver Theatre)

The visual principles underlying design for live performance: theatre, dance, opera and related fields. The course explores theatre architecture, staging conventions and styles of historic and contemporary design. Readings, discussions and writing are supplemented by creative projects, video showings and attendance at live performances, both on-campus and at professional venues in the Los Angeles area. Instructor: Taylor, James P. [Elective] 

THEA 012 PO: Intermediate Acting: Scene and Voice

TR 1:15-3:45PM. TE Room 130 (Seaver Theatre)

Rehearsal and studio performance of selected scenes. Students gain an understanding of the actor’s work of character analysis through the use of objectives, inner monologues and character research. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: THEA 001A PO or THEA 001G PO. Instructor: Ortega, Giovanni. [Elective] 


ARHI 183 PZ: The Art World Since 1989

MW 9:35-10:50AM. BH Room 210 (Broad Hall)

An examination of contemporary art in the context of economic and cultural globalization. Topics include the impact of the end of the Cold War and the rise of economic neoliberalism on the arts; the emergence of new global art centers in the wake of major political transformations, such as the fall of South African Apartheid; contemporary Native American and Australian Aboriginal artists in the global marketplace; and artists’ response to issues of nationalism, ethnic violence, terrorism, and war. Spring, B. Anthes. Instructor: Ennis, Ciara. [Art History]

HIST 050 PZ: Journalism in America

TR 1:15-2:30PM. AV Room 224 (Avery Hall)

Formerly History 150, this course traces changes in the communication of ‘news’ in the United States, from courthouse oratory in the early republic to network television in the late 20th century. Topics of study include the invention of ‘news’ itself in the early 19th century, the development of journalism as a profession, the rise and fall of objectivity as a professional goal since 1900 and the ways in which changes in technology have affected the transmission of information. Instructor: McConnell, Stuart. [Elective]

MS 050 PZ: Intro to Film

MW 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

M 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall) – Screening

Film and video are often considered to be a distinct semiotic system or art form with their own ‘language.’ This course surveys the variety of structures which can organize moving pictures: from Hollywood continuity editing, Soviet montage and cinema verite to voice-over documentary, talking heads and postmodern voices with no center at all. The course includes silent film, classic Hollywood narrative, avant-garde film and video, documentary and activist video. Enrollment is limited. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Introductory]

MS 051 PZ: Intro to Digital Media Studies

MW 9:35-10:50AM. BD Room 208 (Broad Center)

An interdisciplinary introduction to digital and electronic media, exploring the relationships between ‘old’ and ‘new’ media forms, the historical development of computer-based communication and the ways that new technologies are reshaping literature, art, journalism, and the social world. Instructor: D’Errico, Michael. [Introductory] 

MS 087 PZ: Media Sketchbook

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM. BD Room 208 (Broad Center)

This is an intermediate-level video production class. Students are required to complete short (one to two minute) assignments every other week. The objectives of the class are to further refine the skills of shooting, editing, etc. and to develop a critical vocabulary to talk about your work and the work of others. Prereq: MS 82, MS 182HM or ART 148 SC. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 095 PZ: Sound Design

TR 9:35-10:50AM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This hybrid theory and production course provides a hands-on survey of the theoretical foundations and practical techniques for sound design in contemporary music, video, and multimedia projects. Students will gain a proficiency with sound composition and editing in various design and media art disciplines through technical instruction in software for audio and video editing; analysis of design techniques in music, film, video games, and mobile “apps”; and critical discussions regarding the interrelationships between sounds space, and place. Instructor: D’Errico, Michael. [Media History / Production]

MS 099 PZ: Advanced Editing

MW 4:15-6:45PM. AV Room 226 (Avery Hall)

This course integrates the theory and history of editing with instruction in on-line non-linear video editing. Reading and viewing assignments will complement hands-on editing exercises. Prerequisite: Introduction to Video Production-MS 82 PZ, MS 182 HM, Art 148 SC. Enrollment is limited. Course fee: $150. Lab will take place in Skandera Hall, P104. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

MS 100 AA: Asian Americans in Media

T 2:45-5:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

W 7:00-9:50PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall) – Screening

This is a historical survey of Asian American involvement in media production, beginning with the Silent Film Era and ending with contemporary projects in film, video and new media. In this course, we will focus on the shifting yet continuous participation of Asians in the production of media in North America and look at how changing political, social and cultural discourses have shaped media representations of Asians throughout this period. Prereq: MS 49,50,51 or equivalent or PI AA 90. Instructor: Kaneko, Ann A. [Media History] 

MS 111 PZ: Perspectives on Photography

TR 2:45-4:00PM. BH Room 207 (Broad Hall)

This course critically examines the photograph as artifact, art, evidence, and weapon. Section 1 looks at photographs through the works of key theorists. Section 2 introduces the anthropology of photography as a social practice, including its relation to colonialism, race, and the global circulation of representations. Section 3 hones in on African photography. Section 4 analyzes current trends, including the role of the photograph in journalism, art, indigenous activism, and the digital era. Prereq: MS 49,50,51, or Intro to Anthropology. Instructor: Talmor, Ruti. [Media History/Media Theory] 

MS 120 PZ: Social/Media

MW 11:00AM-12:15PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course will consider how social media is impacting personal communication, consumption practices, and media industries. Through case studies of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and related spaces students will theorize the role of interactivity in contemporary popular culture. This class will consider how social media impacts narrative form, political engagement, performance of self, and cultural conceptions of reading/authorship. In addition to discussing the media industry’s use of social media platforms as sites of promotion, participation, and surveillance, students will produce critical media analyses using these platforms as part of their coursework. Prereq: MS 49, 50, or MS 51. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Media History/Theory] 

MS 175 PZ: Animation as Voice

R 1:15-4:00PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

Animation as Voice is a social justice theory/practice course that simultaneously studies and creates politically charged works that operate as children’s programming. While studying renegade voices that have existed under oppression and inequality, students will be making personal works around the common theme of The Future. We will research access, and in doing so, the works will collectively become part of a children’s program that will tour within the community. Prereq: MS 182 or ART 128. Instructor: Hutin, Stephanie. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 191 JT: Senior Thesis in Media Studies

To Be Arranged (TBA)

For students in the Critical Studies track, this course must be taken to fulfill the senior exercise requirement for graduation. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Senior Project] 

MS 192 JT: Senior Project in Media Studies

TR 1:15-2:30PM. WST Room Q120 (West Hall)

This course meets the senior project requirement for those Media Studies majors chosen to attempt honors in the major and completing concentrations in Film/Video or Digital/Electronic Media. Prerequisite: MS 190 JT and Media Studies faculty approval of honors proposal. Instructor: Lerner, Jesse. [Senior Project] 

MS 193 PZ: Directed Reading in Media

To Be Arranged (TBA)

Student designed media studies project involving advanced readings in theory, history or aesthetics with written analysis. May be taken twice for credit. Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51
Meeting time arranged with instructor. MS majors only. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Designation dependent on topic]

MS 194 PZ: Media Arts for Social Justice

M 2:45-5:30PM. WST Room Q116 (West Hall)

This course is a combination of analysis, theory, and hands-on service-learning experience of how media arts mobilize, educate and empower communities. The course will examine working models of media-based community collaboration projects. Students will be linked with non-profit community collaborators (media arts centers, social service and youth service agencies) who are using media as a catalyst for action in their community. Working with site hosts/collaborators, students will work with undeserved populations to design, implement and produce unique media collaborations that provoke thought and action. Course Fee $150. Prereq: MS 49, 50, or 51 & MS 82 or MS 182 or ART 128. Instructor: Lamb, Gina. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 196 PZ: Media Internship

To Be Arranged (TBA)

Internship in media related industry or institution integrated with significant and clear connection to academic curriculum through independent written or production project. MS majors only. Meeting arranged with instructor. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Elective] 

MS 198 PZ: Advanced Media Project

To Be Arranged (TBA)

Student designed media production project involving advanced production and post-production skills, adequate pre-production research and writing component. May be taken twice for credit. Pass/No Credit only. Course fee: $150. MS majors only. Prereq: MS 182 or ART 128. Instructor: Affuso, Elizabeth. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]


ART 135 SC: Typography & Book Arts

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 100 (Lang Art Building)

Working in collaboration, students create a limited-edition, letterpress-printed artist’s book under the Scripps College Press imprint. Through local field trips, library visits and archival research on the fruit trees and plantings on Scripps College campus, regional environmental changes and conservation, students develop original texts, generate imagery, hand set metal and wooden type, hand print on antique presses, and hand-bind an edition of approximately 100 copies of an original student-produced artist book. Fee: $75. Instructor: Blassingame, Tia. [Elective]

ART 141 SC: Introduction to Digital Art

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall) – Section 1

TR 1:15-3:45PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall) – Section 2

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of digital art through the use of digital art software. The curriculum is designed to assist students in approaching their artistic ideas from a fine arts perspective, to draw upon formal elements in art and conceptual issues related to art and technology thus influencing and informing their creative process, projects and goals. Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor(s): Staff. [Production] 

ART 142 SC: Intermediate Digital Art

MW 1:15-3:45PM. ST Room 5 (Steele Hall)

This course introduces design strategies for the arrangement of elements in visual art. Projects assigned will address a specific design problem, require sketches for a plan, and management of the project by Adobe’s Illustrator and/or InDesign programs. The assignments may include both visual and textual elements. Projects may include a work of art for a portfolio, an exhibition announcement, a graphic novel or e-book. Prerequisite: ART 141; Fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Nakaue, Melanie Dana. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 145 SC: Intro B/W Darkroom Photo

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 119 (Lang Art Building)

A studio course in black-and-white photography with an emphasis on image production, developing, and printing 35mm film, in a wet darkroom. Instruction in basic camera operation, and darkroom techniques, and considers historical and contemporary uses of the photographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Prerequisites: Art 100A, Art 100B, Art 141, Intro to Media Studies. Laboratory fee: $75. Instructor permission required. Instructor: Gonzales-Day, Ken. [Production]

ART 148 SC: Introduction to Video Art

MW 1:15-3:45PM. ST Room 101 (Steele Hall)

A studio course introducing students to the basic techniques of digital video production: camerawork and non-linear editing. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. Prerequisite: one of the following courses – MS 049 SC, MS 050 PZ, MS 051 PZ or Art 100A SC. Fee: $75. Instructor: Staff. [Production] 

ART 149 SC: Intermediate Video Art

MW 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

Students continue to develop digital projects and begin to create motion graphics for video using Adobe After Effects software. Production is augmented by critiques, screenings, and discussions of conceptual and formal ideas. Prerequisite: ART 148 SC or equivalent. Fee: $75. Instructor: Staff. [Intermediate/Advanced Production]

ART 181M SC: Feminist Concepts & Strategies

W 2:45-5:30PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

This seminar/studio course examines the recent history and current trends of women’s roles and contributions in media studies and studio art through readings and projects with an emphasis on gender in relationship to media culture. Analysis of and experimentation with visual media including print, photography and digital art in relation to the theory and practice of media studies and studio art is informed by a feminist perspective and critique. Fee: $75. Instructor: Macko, Nancy. [Theory]

CLAS 019 SC: Classical Myth in Film

TR 2:45-4:00PM. BL Room 220 (Balch Hall)

From Cleopatra’s beguiling charms and Medea’s torrid love affair with Jason to Homer’s wily Odyssues, ancient culture still provides material for conceptualizing modern political, racial, social, and sexual issues as imagined in modern Hollywood films and European cinema. This course explores contradictions in the relationship between modernity and antiquity through a study of cinematic adaptations of ancient narratives; central to these discussions are the relationship between aesthetics and politics and the shifting role of culture from common ground to culture industry and beyond. In addition to screen films, students will also read plays, poetry, historical narratives, film criticism, and works of critical theory. Instructor: Roselli, David. [Elective]

FREN 127 SC: French Contemporary Women Directors

W 2:45-5:30PM. ST Room 103 (Steele Hall)

T 7:00-9:00PM. ST Room 103 (Steele Hall) – Screening 

The first film director ever in the history of narrative cinema was a French woman, Alice Guy-Blaché who, starting in 1896, made over a thousand films. Even though early precursors like Guy-Blaché were often erased from film history, women directors in France have a long tradition to draw from. It is this tradition of women film-making that we will explore in this course, focusing in particular on a new generation of women directors who today are revitalizing contemporary French cinema. Directors to be studied will include: Dulac, Duras, Varda, Akerman, Kurys, Sciamma, Denis, Zlotowski, Labrune, Maïwenn, Jaoui, Hansen-Love, Quillévéré, Benguigui. Pending faculty approval. Instructor: Rachlin, Nathalie M. [Elective]

GERM 103 SC: A History of German Film

TR 2:45-4:00PM. HM Room 104 (Humanities Building)

Starting with a selection of groundbreaking Weimar Republic experimental films, we will discuss the cinematic anti-fascist resistance of the 1930s, East-German cinema, feminist and New German Cinema of the 1970s as well as a few recent examples of an exciting new wave of German and Austrian filmmakers. The class includes an introduction to film theory and to some of the key technical terms of film analysis. Readings include short essays by Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Béla Balázs, Thomas Elsaesser, and Gertrud Koch. Taught in German. Instructor: Vennemann, Kevin. [Elective]

ITAL 140 SC: Italian Cinema

TR 2:45-4:00PM. HM Room 201 (Humanities Building)

This course will explore the history and criticism of Italian cinema from its origin to the 21st century through the showing of a number of iconic films and the criticism surrounding them. It will also help student better understand contemporary Italian history through film. Taught in English. No pre-reqs. Instructor: Ovan, Sabrina. [Elective] 

MS 049 SC: Introduction to Media Studies

MW 4:15-5:30PM. HM Room 203 (Humanities Building)

To Be Arranged (TBA)

This course presents a comprehensive view of the issues important to media studies, including the development of new technologies, visual literacy, ideological analysis and the construction of content. Students will read theory, history, and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Instructor: Staff. [Introductory] 

MS 130 SC: New Media Research Studio

TR 10:00AM-12:30PM. LA Room 214 (Lang Art Building)

New Media Research Studio is a class dedicated to the applied and participatory study of new media, materials, environments and platforms. It uses the term “new” to pivot around the historical conditions and everyday practices of contemporary media. Students will explore the social, cultural, economic, and political dimension of phenomena such as social media, mobile gaming, live streaming, digital fabrication, internet art, automation, and augmented reality. Through immersive independent investigations that will take the form of “travelogues,” they will learn how to define and develop projects that employ historical, ethnographic, and artistic methods of research and production. Prerequisites: MS 049, 050, 051, and an Introductory Production class in Media Studies. Instructor: Wing, Carlin. [Intermediate/Advanced Production] 

MS 132 SC: Theories of Interaction

T 2:45-5:30PM. ST Room 107 (Steele Hall)

This course explores cultural techniques and technologies of interaction, including but not limited to games, motion capture, and virtual reality. This semester, we will use the topic of games to unpack notions of interaction within a productive set of limits. Games are interactive media. And more and more, they are everywhere. While Eric Zimmerman calls our present moment the “ludic century,” Alex Galloway describes it as “an era of ludic capitalism.” In this moment, making and playing games ranges across the personal, political, professional, prescribed, and performative. Students will explore central questions in media theory and game studies while developing projects about formal, material, technical, social, and theoretical understandings of interaction. Prerequisites: MS 049, 050, or MS 051. Instructor: Wing, Carlin. [Media Theory]