University Of Massachusetts Amherst

FALL 2010  GRADUATE FILM & VIDEO COURSE GUIDE

(updated 9/16/2010)

 


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UMASS Graduate Film Studies Certificate Course Requirements:

  1. one course in film theory
  2. a minimum of two courses taken outside the student’s degree-granting department and college
  3. a minimum of two courses with an international or intercultural focus

* Category notations are specified at the end of each course description.
   N.B.  For a complete list of Graduate Film Studies Certificate requirements, please visit www.umass.edu/film

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ANTH 697D DIGITAL ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD METHODS
78505 Visiting Instructor:  Thea Strand     Cap 10       Machmer E16 Credits: 3
Instructor: Thea Strand  Day/Time: Tu 11:15-2:15 pm
Description: seminar
This course will provide graduate students in cultural and linguistic anthropology with hands-on training in the use of digital audio and video as a part of ethnographic methods and analysis. Through guided semester-long ethnographic research projects, students will gain experience in the collection of digital audio and video data, as well as in manipulating, editing, transcribing and analyzing audio-visual material. Students will also learn first-hand about negotiating the IRB approval process for research involving human subjects.
UMass Graduate Film Studies Certificate course category:  general
Dept/College:  Anthropology / Social & Behavioral Sciences

COMP-LIT 695A SEM-INT FILM NOIR
72305  Professor Levine We 3:35PM - 7:35PM Cap 20   Herter Hall 118
Often referred to as the only indigenous American film style, “film noir” in its very appellation reveals that its major effects (for certain modern conceptions of cinema) lay elsewhere.  We will examine film noir in its American heyday (1945-1957) and how it came to be a major propelling force in the new European cinema of the 1960's (Godard, and the Cahiers du cinema).
UMass Graduate Film Studies Certificate course category:  International/Intercultural
Dept/College:  Comparative Literature (LLC) / Humanities & Fine Arts

GERMAN 793A  GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM & ITS CINEMATIC LEGACY

78579  TuTh 11:15AM - 12:30PM, Morrill N336 and Screenings: Mondays at 6:00PM in Herter 227
Prof. Barton Byg                 Cap 15             Credits: 3
German Expressionism is the most influential form of modernism in the arts culture in the 20th Century. The course will concentrate primarily on films which have become part of the canon of this movement, but will also give substantial attention to other arts: drama, dance, painting and architecture, music, poetry and prose. In addition, we will consider the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of Expressionism, its relation to historical reality (WWI, leftist movements, Nazism, urbanism and mass culture, etc.), and its legacy after 1945, for example in “Abstract Expressionism,” comic book art, film noir and horror cinema, the “New German Cinema,” and in contemporary phenomena such as the Broadway musical “Spring Awakening,” animation and neo noir. Recommended prior reading: Kracauer, From Caligari to Hitler; Eisner, The Haunted Screen; Pinthus, Menschheitsdämmerung (Dawn of Humanity).
Open to graduate students; grad film studies certificate curriculum. (Advanced undergrads and those interested in a German-language section, please contact instructor)
UMass Graduate Film Studies Certificate course category:  International/Intercultural
Dept/College:  German (LLC) / Humanities & Fine Arts