Film StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

Courses

2017 SPRING/SUMMER COURSES

Distance Studies (May 8 - July 28)

2194A - Special Topics in Film Studies
Description TBA. 2 lecture/tutorial hours, 1 3-hour screening, 0.5 course

Summer 2194A / 650 B. Bruce Syllabus 

Course listings may be subject to change. See Academic Timetable for date, time, and location of specific courses.

Online course registration begins March 2.


2017-18 FALL/WINTER COURSES - TENTATIVE TIMETABLE

This tentative timetable is provided to give students a sense of the Film courses that will be coming Fall/Winter 2017-18 and is SUBJECT TO CHANGE. The official timetable will be released in May 2017.

1000 Level Courses

1022 - Introduction to Film Studies
What is a blockbuster? What is a cult film? What is digital cinema? Discover the answers to these questions and others in a broad introduction to the study of cinema. Students will learn the basic vocabulary of film studies and gain an informed understanding of the different critical approaches to film analysis. 5 hours including screening, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 1022 / 001 (Evening) Z. Maric Syllabus
Fall/Winter 1022 / 002 (Evening) B. Bruce Syllabus

2000 Level Courses

2153B - American Television and Culture
This course examines the history, technology, and forms of television in the U.S. The course analyzes distinctive elements of televisual form (flow, liveness, seriality, advertising); TV’s key genres (soap, sitcom, drama, news, reality); modes of reception (fandom, distraction, surfing); as well as television’s construction of social difference in America. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2153B / 001 (Evening) J. Wlodarz Syllabus

2159B - Disney
This course offers students a survey of Disney's animated features, non-theatrical films and propaganda film shorts. Students will study Disney film’s relationship to art, society and politics and examine constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in Disney’s filmmaking. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2159B / 001 J. Blankenship Syllabus

2164A - Animation/Anime
This course explores the power of animation in film, with a particular emphasis on Japan. Students will study Japanese anime franchises as artistic expressions, as industrial products with relations to other cultural forms, and as objects through which consumers construct their social lives. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2164A / 001 (Evening) M. Raine Syllabus

2194A - Special Topics in Film Studies (cross-listed with Spanish 2901A)
Description TBA. 2 lecture/tutorial hours, 1 3-hour screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2194A / 001
C. Burucua Syllabus

2194B - Special Topics in Film Studies
Description TBA. 2 lecture/tutorial hours, 1 3-hour screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2194B / 001 (Evening) TBA Syllabus

2195A - Special Topics in Film Studies (cross-listed with CLC 2107A/Spanish 2902A)
Description TBA. 2 lecture/tutorial hours, 1 3-hour screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2195A / 001 C. Burucua Syllabus

2195B - Special Topics in Film Studies
Description TBA. 2 lecture/tutorial hours, 1 3-hour screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2195B / 650 B. Bruce Syllabus

2197B - Special Topics in Film Studies (cross-listed with CLC 2133B/Italian 2241G)
Description TBA. 2 lecture/tutorial hours, 1 3-hour screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2197B / 001 Y. Sangalli Syllabus

2224G - Special Topics in Film (cross-listed with …)
Description TBA. 2 lecture /seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2224G / 001 T. Nagl Syllabus

2230F - Critical Reading and Writing in Film Studies
This course will build on skills and knowledge acquired in Film 1022 to engage students in the critical practices involved in reading various genres of writing in Film Studies. In addition to writing their own film reviews, students will learn research skills that prepare them for writing critical essays on cinema. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 3 screening hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2230F / 001 B. Bruce Syllabus

2242F - National Cinemas: Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema: 1960-present 
This course offers an in-depth examination of a specific national film culture or related group of cultures. The course may address the entire cinematic history of a specific nation-state, be narrowed by a historical period, mode or region within a national cinema, or extended across national borders. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2242F / 001
J. Wlodarz Syllabus

2252G - World Cinema
A survey of the history of world cinema, with a focus on postwar film cultures in areas such as Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Students will study films as expressive audio-visual texts and examine larger social, economic, and cultural patterns of influence in the global cultural economy. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2252G / 001 (Evening) M. Raine Syllabus

2258F - Canadian Cinema: Documents, Storytelling, Experiments
This course looks at Canadian cinema in relation to the category label, national cinema. What is the value of a national cinema? What is the popular imagination? How do the films speak to us about Canada, its history, its people and its politics? 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2258F / 001 C. Gittings Syllabus

2260F - Film Genres
This course examines a specific film genre or cycle, focusing on its historical contexts and development and its aesthetic, cultural and political significance. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2260F / 001 J. Wlodarz Syllabus

2260G - Film Genres
This course examines a specific film genre or cycle, focusing on its historical contexts and development and its aesthetic, cultural and political significance. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2260G / 001
T. Nagl Syllabus

2270F - Film Aesthetics
This course will explore the stylistic functions of basic film elements, e.g., camera movement, editing, sound, and colour, through analysis of films. 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 2 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 2270F / 001 TBA Syllabus

2275G - Documentary Film
This course will examine the development of film documentary, from Lumière in the 1890's to the modern docudrama. 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 2 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2275G / 001 C. Gittings Syllabus

2295G - Film Directors/Auteurs: Special Topics
This course is rooted in an auteurist approach to the works of a few major directors, and will consider both the manner in which these directors' personalities are thematically and stylistically expressed in their films, and how their films represent major developments or movements in film aesthetics and history. 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 2 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 2295G / 001 J. Wlodarz Syllabus

3000 Level Courses

3311G - Special Topics in Film Studies (cross-listed with Spanish 3901G)
Description TBA. 2 lecture/seminar hours and a 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 3311G / 001 C. Burucua Syllabus

3359F - Family Viewing: Melodrama
With an emphasis on questions of genre and gender, this course pays close attention to cinematic constructions of the home, site of the family, as a symbolic structure of identity. Relationships between the family, domestic space, and the space of the nation will be a central focus. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 3359F / 001 C. Gittings Syllabus

3362G - The Musical
Musical films are one of the most enduring forms of cinema, in Hollywood and around the world. This course explores the range of musical films, from all-singing, all-dancing extravaganzas to the eruption of “musical moments” in popular films, art cinema, and the avant-garde. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 3362G / 001 M. Raine Syllabus

3370G - Advanced Film Aesthetics
This course provides an opportunity for advanced formal investigation of film, including historical and conceptual debates on style, and technological developments like digital processes. Students may complete course requirements with a short video. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 3370G / 001 TBA Syllabus

3371G - Film Theory
This course will investigate major writings in two areas of classical film theory: the realism-formalism debate and the auteur theory. Additional topics in film poetics and semiotics will also be discussed. 1-3 hour lecture/screening, 2 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 3371G / 001 T. Nagl Syllabus

3373G - Theories of National Cinemas
This course will introduce students to theories of nationalism and national identity, to determine how they influence our understanding of national cinemas. Issues such as colonialism, postcolonialism, imperialism, multiculturalism, regionalism, and globalization will be explored through reading political and cultural essays. The course will examine one or two national cinemas. 1-3 hour lecture/screening, 2 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 3373G / 001 C. Gittings Syllabus

3375F - Japanese New Wave
This course focuses on Japanese cinema as part of a global ‘new wave' of films in the 1960s that scandalized audiences with unsettling representations of sex, violence, and politics. Students will debate the ethics and aesthetics of new wave films, and discover the role of the films in creating film studies. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Fall 2017 3375F / 001 M. Raine Syllabus

3377G - Haunted Screen Early German Cinema
This course will focus on the sensational origins of cinema in Germany. Topics may include the transition from “attractions” to narrative; the history of film exhibition; the early star system; Expressionist horror, gender and genre; early film theory and the auteur/art film; and/or modernity. 2 lecture/seminar hours, 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 0.5 course

Winter 2018 3377G / 001 J. Blankenship Syllabus

4000 Level Courses

4409E - Undergraduate Thesis
Individual instruction in the selection of a topic, the preparation of materials, and the writing of a thesis. Students who wish to take this course must apply to the Chair of the Department. The course is restricted to students in fourth year of an Honors Specialization in Film Studies. 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 4409E / 001 Various Consent Form 

4495FG - Film Academic Internship
Third or fourth year students enrolled in a honors, major or specialization in Film Studies, who have a modular average of 75% are eligible for an internship within an approved media-related organization. The student must find a faculty supervisor willing to oversee and grade his/her final paper. 0.5 course

Fall 2017 4495F / 001
TBA Internship Guidelines
Winter 2018 4495G / 001
TBA Internship Guidelines