Spring 2019

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CLST 140-01 Ancient Worlds on Film
Instructor: Laura Takakjy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 210-01. An introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history and civilization (excluding mythology) through viewing popular films about this period and reading the historical and literary sources on which those films are based. The course focuses on the stories of remarkable men and women from antiquity, what those stories reveal Greek and Roman values and ideas, and ways to apply those insights critically to our own time.
1130:MWF   ALTHSE 106
Courses Offered in ENGL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENGL 101-03 Introduction to Media Studies
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 103-01. This course introduces students to the study of mediated communication or "media," with particular emphasis placed on mass media forms, such as print journalism, radio, television, and film, as well as digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat. Students will examine these or other media forms from political, industrial, and aesthetic perspectives. They will also explore how these forms have both contributed to and themselves been impacted by broader processes of social and technological change. By examining media in this manner-and by engaging with current debates regarding media's role in contemporary society-students will develop their understanding of how media functions and become, by the course's end, more literate consumers, producers, and critics of media today.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
ENGL 331-01 The Video Game
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 320-01. This course will introduce students to the nascent field of game studies, exposing them to foundational debates between two branches of scholarshipnarratology and ludologyover what the video game is and how it should be studied. Should the video game be considered a variation on the forms and genres of traditional literary and film texts or is it better seen as a non-textual medium rooted in competition and play? Is the concept of authorship relevant with respect to video gamesand if so, who should we identify as the author? Students will read theoretical and historical texts about games while also playing a variety of console, mobile, and computer games, which may include Heavy Rain, Spelunky, Mortal Kombat X, Fallout 3, Proteus, Puzzle and Dragons, and Grand Theft Auto V
1500:TF   BOSLER 208
Courses Offered in FMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
FMST 310-01 I Am Yours: Feminine Identity, Sexuality, and Power in Italian Cinema and Media
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01 and WGSS 301-02.Discussion Session for Italian and INBM students at a time TBD. In this course, we will analyze a number of movies, television programs, and commercials, from the 1950s to the present, that have concurred to the representation of the female body and sexuality as a strategic response to societal changes, including women's sexual liberation and economic advancement. By constructing a hyper-sexualized narrative of the feminine, this representation neutralized the threats posed by women's emancipation and redefined gender power relationships in the post-1968 socio-cultural context. Grounded in the intersections between feminist, post-feminist, film, and media studies perspectives, our analysis will focus on the notions of power and control.
1900:W   ALTHSE 106
1330:M   STUART 1104
Courses Offered in GRMN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
GRMN 400-01 German Media Cultures
Instructor: Antje Pfannkuchen
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 320-04. This senior seminar surveys German media cultures of the 20th century with a special focus on the histories of film and radio but not excluding other forms of media. In recent years, Media Studies has been one of the fastest growing disciplines in German academia and this course is meant to provide a first impression of the topics discussed in the field. Theoretical texts will be combined with select case studies so students can gain an understanding of the historical background that has shaped German media today. In the second half of the semester each student in the class conducts an in-depth examination of one media example of their choice during which a wide array of writing practices will be performed and refined, from description, contextualization, analysis of form and content, etc. Taught in German.
1330:W   KADE SEM
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 279-01 The History of Film
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 201-01. This course concerns the emergence and development of the film industry and the various conditions that have and continue to influence it. While artistic considerations are certainly important, the making of films is also a commercial enterprise in which financial concerns are paramount. Moreover, since films enjoy enormous popularity with virtually all in society, regardless of age or education, the political and moral content of films is a constant concern for private as well as governmental organizations. Therefore, this course is also about how competing and often incompatible tensions -- artistic, financial, political, and moral -- have influenced the making of films. This course is cross-listed as FMST 201.
1500:TR   DENNY 211
Courses Offered in ITAL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ITAL 323-01 I Am Yours: Feminine Identity, Sexuality, and Power in Italian Cinema and Media
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 310-01 and WGSS 301-02.Discussion Session for Italian and INBM students at a time TBD. In this course, we will analyze a number of movies, television programs, and commercials, from the 1950s to the present, that have concurred to the representation of the female body and sexuality as a strategic response to societal changes, including women's sexual liberation and economic advancement. By constructing a hyper-sexualized narrative of the feminine, this representation neutralized the threats posed by women's emancipation and redefined gender power relationships in the post-1968 socio-cultural context. Grounded in the intersections between feminist, post-feminist, film, and media studies perspectives, our analysis will focus on the notions of power and control.
1900:W   ALTHSE 106
1330:M   STUART 1104
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 260-01 and FMST 220-01. Together we will try to answer the questions: What roles do media technologies and practices (particularly new digital technologies) play in the politics of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries? How do states respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in the communication ecosphere? We will study the development of mass media and its regulation in the MENA region. Students will collaborate to produce presentations for the class on particular problems in the role of media in politics and society, and will also complete individual critical and reflective works. The class will make extensive use of digital and social media, seeking to understand their political and social impact partly through first-hand experience.This course is cross-listed as POSC 260. Offered every two years.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-01 and MEST 260-01. Together we will try to answer the questions: What roles do media technologies and practices (particularly new digital technologies) play in the politics of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries? How do states respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in the communication ecosphere? We will study the development of mass media and its regulation in the MENA region. Students will collaborate to produce presentations for the class on particular problems in the role of media in politics and society, and will also complete individual critical and reflective works. The class will make extensive use of digital and social media, seeking to understand their political and social impact partly through first-hand experience. This course is cross-listed as MEST 260. Offered every two years.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
Courses Offered in WGSS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGSS 301-02 I Am Yours: Feminine Identity, Sexuality, and Power in Italian Cinema and Media
Instructor: Nicoletta Marini Maio
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 310-01 and ITAL 323-01.Discussion Session for Italian and INBM students at a time TBD. In this course, we will analyze a number of movies, television programs, and commercials, from the 1950s to the present, that have concurred to the representation of the female body and sexuality as a strategic response to societal changes, including women's sexual liberation and economic advancement. By constructing a hyper-sexualized narrative of the feminine, this representation neutralized the threats posed by women's emancipation and redefined gender power relationships in the post-1968 socio-cultural context. Grounded in the intersections between feminist, post-feminist, film, and media studies perspectives, our analysis will focus on the notions of power and control.
1900:W   ALTHSE 106
1330:M   STUART 1104
WGSS 301-04 Suicide and Transnational Violence
Instructor: Beenash Jafri
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 320-03. Popular representations of suicide often fixate on the question of why individuals commit suicide, reflecting narrow and pathologizing approaches. By contrast, through lectures, readings, discussions and film screenings, this course situates suicide in the context of transnational violence. This means that we will consider suicide as an effect of processes of colonization, slavery, nationalism, and capitalist globalization. Centering issues of gender and sexuality, the course will explore critical perspectives on suicide emerging from transnational, Indigenous, and postcolonial studies. Topics for discussion include Black/Indigenous suicide/murder in custody, South Asian women's suicides during the 1947 Partition of India, mass suicides and transatlantic slavery, and decolonial healing.
1030:MWF   DENNY 303