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Fall 2018 Film & Media Studies Courses (Undergraduate)


FILM 1051 Introduction to Film & Media Studies

Instructor: Todd Herzog

TuTh 9:30-10:50AM

This course offers a broad introduction to the study of film. We will consider such issues as: (1) how films are made and marketed, (2) how films tell stories, (3) the techniques of film art, (4) methods of film theory and criticism, and (5) important movements in film history. A major emphasis of the course will be learning how to analyze a film. You will be introduced to the vocabulary involved in film analysis and will practice analyzing film sequences, as well as discussing films as a whole. Examples for discussion will range widely, from different countries, time periods, and genres. The idea of this course is that film analysis can apply to all types of films, from self-conscious "arthouse" films to summer blockbusters.


FILM 1052 Film & Media History

Instructor: Stanley Corkin

TuTh 2:00-3:20PM

By focusing primarily on Hollywood, and the US film industry, this class will trace the history of film and other screen media from the origins of motion pictures to the present. It will look at the most important technological, industrial, aesthetic, and cultural developments in screen media. Topics include the establishment of a film industry, the emergence of national cinemas, the studio system, key cinematic events and movements, and the emergence of new screen media technologies.


FILM 2005: Jews in American Film

Instructor: Michael Porte

Tu Th   3:30 - 4:50PM

In Jews in World Cinema, you learn critical approaches to film, how film communicates the position of Jews in various cultures, and the ways Jews have been depicted in film characters to shape our likes and dislikes. 


FILM 2005: Border Crossings in Film

Instructor: Grace Epstein


Border Crossings, in recent years, have become a rather topical and popular subject in international film. Whether as a tourist, business executive, military invader, migrant, refugee, or terrorist, millions of people cross state and local borders every day for various reasons, including commerce, war, famine, and unjust detention. How are the conditions of these crossings visualized and storied in the cinema? In the clash of cultures and languages what counts as a legal or illegal crossing?  What dangers are there for those who cross and those who monitor the crossings?  The class will examine films in world cinema to determine what issues are at stake and what the films are unable to depict.  We will also discuss how the camera locates and directs the viewer with cinematography, specific shots and cuts in the editing, and how the casting implies certain attitudes and directions.  From contemporary films like The Motorcycle Diaries, The Syrian Bride, Maria Full of Grace and others, we will consider the choices and misconceptions, the myths and legends of those traversed borders. 


FILM 2005: The Films of Hitchcock

Instructor: Robert Arner

Time TBA

One of the most influential film directors of the twentieth-century, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) created movies that were at once attractive to popular audiences and expressions of his own personal and professional interests and beliefs, as well as formal experiments in filmmaking that often significantly advanced the art of the cinema. His films tend to be psychological thrillers featuring a deep concern with the problem of evil as well as the necessity for constant surveillance in the modern world. Above all else, he is concerned with the making and viewing of movies and the social and psychological dynamics of spectatorship. We will begin this course with one of Hitchcock's earliest films, the silent classic THE LODGER (1926), and conclude most likely with PSYCHO (1961), with other films to include BLACKMAIL (1929), SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943), STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951), REAR WINDOW (1954), VERTIGO (1958), NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959), and possibly others as time and opportunity permit.


FILM 2060: Sex and Race at the Movies

Instructor: Valerie Weinstein

Mo We Fr 1:25- 2:20PM

Sex and Race at the Movies encourages students to think about how movies both reflect and influence society and about the role movies play in shaping race, sex, and gender. Students will learn analytical methods from Film Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Race Studies and apply them to both Hollywood movies and films from around the world.


FILM 2095: Film and Media Studies Internship

Instructor: Todd Herzog

Students undertake experiential learning through intern positions in areas related to film and television production, cinema marketing, film festivals, and arts organizations with cinema programming. Internships introduce students to the career possibilities open to them upon graduation and provide valuable learning experiences to complement coursework. Internship experience helps students determine what aspect of film, television, and media field they would like to work in after graduation. Students may intern with local productions, in a number of Cincinnati institutions or businesses, or may seek out national and international internship opportunities.


FILM 3001: Genre and Movements

“Genre (and Anti-Genre): The Films of Stanley Kubrick”

Instructor: Joe Horine

M 6:00-8:50p                          

This course provides an introduction to film genre through the works of groundbreaking director Stanley Kubrick. Touching on Kubrick’s entire body of 13 feature films with complete screenings of his most significant works including Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (comedy genre), 2001: A Space Odyssey (science fiction genre), The Shining (horror genre) and Full Metal Jacket (war film genre), the course combines critical readings on the aspects and conventions of major film genres with analysis on Kubrick’s various movies as representative examples (and often extensions and evolutions) of these genre conventions. Class work will include writing assignments, quizzes and group presentations.


FILM 3002: Film & Media Theory

"Forms of Seeing"

Instructor: Stephanie Sadre-Orafai

MoWeFr 1:25-2:20PM

An ethnographic approach to a range of visualizing practices and forms, emphasizing seeing as a socially situated, culturally variable, and historically specific practice. Topics include image, imagination, and power; visual economies; expert-visions; moral and social implications of forms of seeing; the intersection of visual, material, discursive and embodied practices. "Forms of Seeing" is part of the required curriculum for the Critical Visions Certificate , jointly administered by the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.


Fall 2018 Film & Media Studies Courses (Graduate)

Film 7001: Graduate Seminar in Film & Media Studies

Instructor: Tanja Nusser

Tu 3:30PM - 6:00PM

This course focuses on aesthetic, historical, and theoretical developments within different media (film, television, digital media, and other media forms.). It also covers classic and recent methodological approaches to media studies. The specific topics and texts will vary based upon the expertise of the instructor and the students.


Film 7095: Graduate Internship in Film & Media Studies

Instructor: Todd Herzog