CMN 596 (05) - Special Topics in Media Studies

Spc Top/Cinema and Society

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 16346
Selected topics not covered by existing courses in media studies. Topics vary; course descriptions are available in department office during preregistration. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Prereq: CMN 455 with C or better, or by permission.
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): CMN 595
Instructors: Mike Alvarez

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm HORT 115
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 T 5:10pm - 7:00pm HORT 115
Additional Course Details: 

Course Title: Cinema & Society NOTE:  CMN 455 pre-requisite has been removed from the course.  Freshmen may take this course. This analysis course will introduce students to the study of film as a distinct medium. The first half of the course will cover the fundamental units of film language (narrative form, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound), and the relationship between film form, expression, and meaning. With this solid foundation, we will then attend to the complex interplay between cinema and social context. The second half of the semester will thus cover film ideology, stardom and celebrity, the film industry, national/international/transnational cinemas, and other relevant topics. In addition to twice-weekly lectures and discussions, students will watch one film together per week during a separate, mandatory screening block. Throughout the semester, students will be exposed to films from a variety of genres, in a variety of forms (narrative, documentary, avant garde), from diverse social, cultural, and historical milieus.