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Course Descriptions

Film Studies Course Descriptions

CMLT C 190 Introduction to Film (3 cr.)
Study the nature of film technique, film language, film form, the analysis of specific films, and major historical, theoretical, and critical developments in film and film theory from the beginnings of cinema to the present.

CMLT C293 History of the Motion Picture I (3 cr.)
This course studies the evolution of cinema as an institution and art form, moving from the origins or cinema in the late nineteenth century through World War II.

CMLT C294 History of the Motion Picture II (3 cr.)
This course studies the major national cinemas and film movements from post-World War II to the present.

CMLT C297 Film Genres (3 cr.)
This course investigates the nature, particularly the political nature, of genre films. Topics covered may include genre cycles, and gender and genre. Genres covered may include melodrama, comedy, action, science fiction, the western, and the thriller, as well as others.

ENG W250 Writing in Context: Women in U.S. Films * (3 cr.)
This course interrogates the representation of women in Hollywood and independent U.S. films. We will watch films directed by men and by women, experimental films and classical Hollywood films, and we will read articles from many branches of academic films criticism.

ENG W260 Film Criticism (3 cr.) P: W131 or equivalent.
This course surveys the major schools of film criticism and applies these theories to contemporary films. Students will write in the manner of the different critical approaches studied. Schools of film criticism considered may include formalism, auteur theory, genre studies, and feminist film theory.

ENG W302 Screenwriting (3 cr.) P: W131 or equivalent.
A practical course in basic techniques of writing for film. Examine film screenplay structure and analyze the dramatic strategies of films. Learn to use the correct script format, and to creatively engage in the various stages of original dramatic scriptwriting. Covers the essentials of dramatic structure, story development, characterization and theme, scene construction, and dialogue.

CMLT C310 Film Adaptations (3 cr.)
This course focuses on both literary analysis and formal film analysis. Study the relationship between the literary and the cinematic version of several texts, and consider the strategies, agendas and pleasures of each version and of the process of adaptation itself.

CMLT C395 The Documentary Film (3 cr.)
Although some of the earliest films ever made were documentaries, the end of the twentieth century witnessed a rise in reality-based filmmaking and television programming. This course studies the ethical implications of the documentary film's effort to adequately represent reality.

FREN-F391 Studies in French Film (3 cr.) P: FREN-F204 or equivalent
An introduction to French cinema from its early days to the Nouvelle Vague to recent films.
(Course may be taught in French.)

GER-G370 German Cinema (3 cr.) P: GER-G204
Survey of the German cinema from the films of Expressionism and the Weimar Republic through the Nazi period to the present. Emphasis on film as a form of narrative art and on the social and historical conditions of German film production.
(Course may be taught in German.)

HIST H225 Special Topics in History: American History through Film (3 cr.)
In this course we will view, analyze, and discuss films with an emphasis on America since 1865. We will watch a number of movies, from the earliest Silents to the most recent Hollywood blockbusters. The movies we will examine will either be representative of a particular time in some way, or they will provide a commentary on a given issue that concerned Americans at the time.

TEL-R404 Topical Seminar in Telecommunications: Latin American Cinema: Brazilian Cinema
Brazilian Cinema is enjoying a new surge of international recognition with films such as Central do Brasil, Cidade de Deus, Elite Squad, and so forth. This course will focus on the distinctions and peculiarities of Brazilian Cinema. We will also look at the questions raised by Brazilian film makers in their productions. Additionally, this course examines Brazilian film within a pan-American context that begins with a classic Brazilian film and concludes with Brazilian emerging influence on the global market. Thus, students will explore and examine a group of films coming out of Brazil from the 1960s until today. The goal of the course is to examine these movies as relevant films that stand on their own in history and contemporary cinema – and to discuss them as cultural, historical, political, and economic products that characterize and reveal aspects, sensibilities and points of view from the represented nation.
(Fulfills General Education Non-Western Cultures requirement)

All course work for the minor should be planned with a Film Studies advisor. This will help achieve a program of complementary course work tailored to a student’s specific needs and interests.

For more information about Film Studies at IUSB, contact one of the Film Studies faculty members directly.

* Only this Variable Title counts towards the Film Studies minor.