ENGL 533 (1SY) - Introduction to Film Studies

Introduction to Film Studies

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 52862
A survey of the international development of the motion picture from the silent period to the present, emphasizing film's narrative practices. Introduces students to the study of the art, history, technology, economics, and theory of cinema. Films and film makers of various nations, periods, movements, and genres examined. Mandatory weekly screenings in addition to class. Students cannot receive credit for both ENGL 533 and CMN 550.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): CMN 550, ENGL 533H, ENGL 533W
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), Humanities(Disc), EUNH
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

A survey of the international development of film from the early and silent periods to the present. The course examines films and filmmakers from various nations, periods, movements, and genres, including German Expressionism, Soviet Montage, French New Wave, American Independent Cinema, film noir, documentary, avant-garde, and music video. Special attention will be given to the Classical Hollywood system as well as methods of close formal analysis based on the critical and technical vocabulary of the field. Topics will explore the narrative and ideological practices of cinema and how they establish, revise, and subvert filmic conventions. Other topics include film history, economic/commercial aspects of the film industry, and basic film theory. We will also discuss film as both an artistic and popular medium.  This course requires regular weekly use of Canvas and internet connection.  Streaming fees for films may apply as well.