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Film & Media Studies Classes

FMS 100 Introduction to Film and Media
An introduction to analyzing and thinking critically about film and other media. Students will learn to read and interpret the basic signs, syntaxes, and structures of cinematic language. Through direct analysis of selected films, television, and new media, students will evaluate and construct evidentiary arguments about the aesthetic strategies creators use to make meaning for audiences. In addition, this course will familiarize students with the historical and industrial dimensions of film and media, as well as the influence technology has on their development into the twenty-first century. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
DIS Swanson, Carl
Moradiyan Rizi, Najmeh
Nasrin, Mohsen
Tu 06:30-09:00 PM BUD 110 - LAWRENCE
3 53812
LEC Nasrin, Mohsen
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM SUM 426 - LAWRENCE
3 54178
LEC Swanson, Carl
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4034 - LAWRENCE
3 54179
LEC Swanson, Carl
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM SUM 426 - LAWRENCE
3 54180
LEC Moradiyan Rizi, Najmeh
MW 03:00-04:15 PM WES 4008 - LAWRENCE
3 54181
LEC Moradiyan Rizi, Najmeh
MW 11:00-12:15 PM BL 211 - LAWRENCE
3 54182

FMS 200 Film and Media Aesthetics
An introduction to film and media aesthetics, including basic film/media theories and their practical applications. Students will be introduced to the concepts of time, space, composition, movement, editing, light, color, and sound. A key feature of the course will be a practical emphasis on learning how to see creatively by applying elements of design, camera lens and sound recording principles. Examples of these aspects of film and associated media will be examined and discussed in depth. Should be taken before or concurrently with FMS 275 or FMS 276. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Wilson, Ronald
Greene, Danyelle
Moon, Ghiyong
W 06:20-09:30 PM SUM 427 - LAWRENCE
3 57242

FMS 310 History of the Silent Film
A survey of the artistic, economic and sociological development of the narrative cinema with emphasis on the American studio system, German Expressionism, and Soviet Expressive Realism. Analysis of selected films. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

FMS 311 History of the American Sound Film
A study of the artistic, economic, and sociological development of the American sound film with emphasis on the studio system, major directors, genres, and the impact of television. Analysis of selected films. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

FMS 312 History of the International Sound Film to 1950
A survey of the artistic, economic, and sociological development of the international sound film 1929 to 1950. Emphasis on European National Cinemas. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

FMS 313 History of the International Sound Film Post 1950
A survey of the artistic, economic, and sociological development of the international sound film from 1950 to the present. Emphasis on Free Cinema, New Wave, and other emerging post-war cinemas. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Tibbetts, John
Frank, Adrienne
M 01:30-04:30 PM SUM 426 - LAWRENCE
3 68085

FMS 314 History of African-American Images in Film
A history and critical assessment of the diverse images of African-Americans in American cinema and the impact of those images on American society. Screenings of feature and independent films, including those by African-Americans. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Willmott, Kevin
Asbury, Gwendolyn
Tu 07:00-10:00 PM SUM 426 - LAWRENCE
3 68087

FMS 315 Survey of Japanese Film
This course surveys the major developments in and critical approaches to twentieth-century Japanese film. Focusing mostly on narrative films, Survey of Japanese Film introduces students to basic methodological issues in Japanese film history, especially questions of narrative, genre, stardom, and authorship. We examine Japanese cinema as an institution located within specific contexts focusing on the ways in which this institution shapes gender, class, ethnic, and national identities. This course examines how patterns of distribution, exhibition, and reception have influenced film aesthetics and film style over the last century. Through secondary readings, lectures, and discussions students critically examine how Japanese cinema as an institution both responds to and intervenes in the social, cultural, and political history of twentieth century Japan. The course is offered at the 300 and 700 levels, with additional assignments at the 700 level. (Same as EALC 315.) LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Baskett, Michael
Greene, Danyelle
W 06:30-10:00 PM CAPF 2011 - LAWRENCE
3 68089

FMS 316 Cinemas of the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay
This course will examine the cinemas of three neighboring South American countries to find similar themes and some differences between them historically, politically, and culturally. Themes will include: gender and nation, political repression during dictatorship, globalization and the cinema, youth culture in the Southern Cone, and representations of race and ethnicity, immigration and identity in contemporary cinema. Other themes in common are financing issues, such as co-production agreements, film production under the regional trade pact Mercosur and issues of circulation, distribution and marketing of national films. Most films will be feature length narrative, but a few documentaries will be shown. May be taken as FMS 716, but with additional requirements. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

FMS 317 Race and the American Documentary
This course surveys a range of documentaries in which race is a key part. There are two class objectives: the first is to broaden the students' knowledge of American social history and culture, especially around issues of identity, representation and race. The second is to heighten the students' critical skills as viewers of films in general. A complete film or portion is screened at each class session, preceded by an introductory lecture, and a follow-up discussion. Readings from a variety of scholarly texts are excerpted for student review prior to a particular class. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

FMS 380 American Popular Culture of: _____
An interdisciplinary examination of popular cultural forms and their relationships with the social, political and economic dynamics of America, with emphasis on film, media, music, literature (including magazines and newspapers) and the graphic arts. The decade or other specific topic to be studied changes as needs and resources develop. May be repeated for credit for different decades or topics. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Saltz, Zach
Kartashov, Andrei
M 06:00-09:00 PM BUD 110 - LAWRENCE
3 57160

FMS 414 Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
An overview of the art and cultural history of Kansas (and Kansas City) from territorial days to the present. Emphasis is placed on key issues, figures and events. A general familiarity with American history is recommended. May be taken as FMS 714, but with additional requirements. (Same as HA 584.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

 


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