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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "FILM-Film Studies"

FILM - Film Studies

FILM 245 Film Form and Culture (3) Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL245. Also offered as: ENGL245. Credit only granted for: CMLT214, CMLT245, ENGL245, or FILM245. Formerly: CMLT214. Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.

FILM 283 Introduction to Cinema Studies (3) Restriction: Must not have completed SLLC283. Also offered as: SLLC283. Credit only granted for: SLLC283 or FILM283. Introduction to the critical analysis of international film. Development of a set of critical technical tools for examining film within a variety of cultural settings. Focus on an analysis of film form and the aesthetics of cinema that differentiate it from other media.

FILM 301 Cinema History I: The Silent Era (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Examines the development of silent cinema from the 1890s to the early 1930s drawing on at least five distinct national traditions (French, German, Russian, British, and American). Introduces students to key cinematic conventions as they emerged around the world.

FILM 302 Cinema History II: The Sound Era (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Introduction to the international history of cinema from sound around 1930 to the present.

FILM 311 Documentary Film (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, or SLLC283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Credit only granted for: FILM311 or ENGL329L. A survey of currents in the history of the documentary film, beginning with early cinema and continuing through to more recent manifestations.

FILM 319 Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media (3) Repeatable to 6 credits. Examine the possibilities of non-narrative cinema, or cinema that is structured differently from the fiction feature film, as well as other media (television, digital imagery, and photography) that entertain a close relationship with cinema in terms of form, content, and audience. Content varies.

FILM 329 Special Topics in National/International Cinemas (3) Repeatable to 6 credits. Examine one or more national cinematic traditions (including Hollywood cinema), or may look across traditions comparatively, for example at international and/or transnational phenomena. Content varies.

FILM 331 Kafka and Film: The Uncanny in Literature and Film (3) Also offered as: GERM331. Credit only granted for: GERM331, FILM331, or HONR348K. Analysis of major works by Franz Kafka (1883-1924), his affinity to the cinema and use of cinematic means and techniques (e.g. the gaze, flashback, parallel action, gesture and body language, etc.) in his writings, as well as examination of adaptations of Kafka narratives (e.g. the Orson Welles and David Jones adaptations of The Trial, 1961, 1992) and other films that use Kafkaian themes (e.g. Steven Soderbergh's 'Kafka', 1991).

FILM 332 Brazilian Cinema (3) Credit only granted for: PORT332, FILM332, or PORT378. Formerly: PORT378. Brazilian films from the late 1950s to the present with a special view to the relationship between cinema, society, historical dates, and social changes in Brazil. Taught in English.

FILM 334 Soviet Film: Propaganda, Myth, Modernism (3) Also offered as: RUSS334. Credit only granted for: RUSS334, FILM334, or RUSS298K. Formerly: RUSS298K. A Survey of Soviet film from the 1920s to 1991, focusing on important directors, genres, themes, and styles. Taught in English.

FILM 335 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Through Film (3) Also offered as: SLLC335. Credit only granted for: SLLC235, FILM335, HEBR298B, or ISRL249B. Formerly: HEBR298B or ISRL249B. How does the Arab-Israeli Conflict represent itself? How do the actors within this conflict (and some from outside) come to understand this conflict by representing it to themselves? The prism of film will touch on many of the various discourses (history, society, culture). The course will investigate whether the medium of film represents and formulates this Conflict in a particular way.

FILM 336 Soviet Cinema and Empire (3) Also offered as: RUSS336. Credit only granted for: RUSS336, FILM336 or RUSS398K. Formerly: RUSS398K. Examination of the concepts of "empire" and "nation" through their representation in Soviet cinema. Taught in English.

FILM 341 Filming War Zones: Representations of Wars in Iraq & Chechnya (3) Also offered as: ARAB341. Credit only granted for: ARAB341 or FILM341. Investigation of how diverse political, cultural and religious agendas of the late 20th through early 21st centuries construct a wide variety of war fictions, or ideologically informed war narratives

FILM 342 Film Comedy (3) Prerequisite: FILM283, ENGL245, FILM245, or SLLC283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Also offered as: SLLC342. Credit only granted for: SLLC342, FILM342, or SLLC368B. Formerly: SLLC368B. Comedy as a specific cinematic genre.

FILM 343 Hollywood Genres After 1970 (3) Prerequisite: FILM283, ENGL245, FILM245, or SLLC283; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Also offered as: SLLC343. Credit only granted for: SLLC343 or FILM343. Introduction to contemporary Hollywood cinema.

FILM 344 Film and the Fantastic (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Also offered as: SLLC344. Credit only granted for: SLLC344 or FILM344. Survey of fantastic cinema, encompassing American classics, Hollywood recent productions, and independent films, as well as Asian horror films, anime, and European fantasy.

FILM 345 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Credit only granted for: FILM345 or ENGL329J. An examination of important Hitchcock films from the perspective of innovation, aesthetics, and cultural history.

FILM 346 The Films of Billy Wilder (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; and permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL329K. Credit only granted for: FILM346 or ENGL329K. An examination of Billy Wilder's five-decade-long career, spanning a variety of genres, approaches, and languages.

FILM 352 The Baddest Decade: The 1970s in American Film and American History (3) Prerequisite: HIST201. Also offered as: HIST304. Credit only granted for: FILM352 or HIST304. The history of the United States and of its cinema in the 1970s.

FILM 359 Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements (3) Repeatable to 6 credits. Examine narrative cinema from the perspective of content (themes, issues, structures) and style through the lens of genre, auteurship (a concept of authorship in film studies), and/or historical aesthetic movements that have been influential in the development of cinema as an art and film studies as a field. Content varies.

FILM 361 Cinema and Globalization (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Also offered as: SLLC361. Credit only granted for: SLLC361, FILM361, SLLC368G, or CMLT498C. Formerly: SLLC368G or CMLT498C. Introduction to cinema as a global phenomenon.

FILM 362 Vision, Visuality, and the Gaze in Cinema (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of Film Studies Program. Also offered as: SLLC362. Credit only granted for: SLLC362, FILM362, or SLLC368A. Formerly: SLLC368A. Students will build a way of talking critically about film. The prism of seeing, visuality, the gaze, and the like will serve as a way to investigate the way films take on meaning as well as to understand how film participates in a wide network of interconnected ideas, concepts, and modes of thought that have contributed to the audiences' ability to make sense of what a film is conveying.

FILM 369 Special Topics in Film Theories (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Examines specific methodologies (structuralism, feminism, postcolonialism, etc.) for the critical analysis of film. The course will also consider the historical development of theoretical concepts. Content varies.

FILM 388 Experiential Learning: Film Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 6 credits. Connects students' theoretical understanding of film studies, as obtained through the classroom, to professional experience.

FILM 410 Documentary and Narrative (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Also offered as: SLLC410. Credit only granted for: SLLC410 or FILM410. An examination of the relationship between film and reality, focusing on documentary film.

FILM 411 Experimental Film (3) Also offered as: SLLC411. Credit only granted for: SLLC411 or FILM411. Introductory survey of European and U.S. American experimental cinema.

FILM 412 Animation and Cinema (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL468C. Credit only granted for: FILM412 or ENGL468C. An examination of animation in art, cinema, and other media.

FILM 420 French Cinema: A Cultural Approach (in Translation) (3) Also offered as: FREN480. Credit only granted for: FREN480 or FILM420. A study of French culture, civilization, and literature through the medium of film. Taught in English.

FILM 421 Francophone African Film (3) Also offered as: FREN421. Credit only granted for: FREN421 or FILM421. Imaginary and Memory in the Reality of Francophone African Film from 1960-present. Taught in English.

FILM 423 Women and French Cinema (3) Also offered as: FREN423. Credit only granted for: FREN423 or FILM423. Cultural identity, social boundaries and gender roles in French film as well as introduction to film textual analysis and diverse film theories (semiotics, film and psychoanalysis, feminist film theory, structuralism, narratology, spectatorship and cultural studies). Taught in French.

FILM 426 Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture (3) Also offered as: ARTH484. Credit only granted for: FILM426 or ARTH484; ARTH489F in F2012, F2011, F2008, or S2009; or ARTH488F in S2010, S2008, or F2009. Formerly: ARTH489F in F2012, F2011, F2008, or S2009; or ARTH488F in S2010, S2008, or F2009. Modern Chinese culture, society, and history studied through examples of art, film, and visual culture.

FILM 427 Visions and Fictions from Spain (3) Prerequisite: SPAN331, SPAN332, or SPAN333; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of ARHU-Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Literatures department. Also offered as: SPAN427. Credit only granted for: FILM427 or SPAN427. Overview of Spanish Cinema from the end of the 19th century through present day Spain. Exploration of the production of literary and cinematic texts in their sociohistorical, political, religious and cultural contexts. Taught in Spanish.

FILM 429 Special Topics in National/International Cinemas (3) Repeatable to 6 credits. Courses in National/International Cinemas may examine one or more national cinematic traditions (including Hollywood cinema), or may look across traditions comparatively, for example at international and/or transnational phenomena. Content varies.

FILM 430 Critical Issues in Israeli Cinema (3) Also offered as: HEBR430. Credit only granted for: HEBR430 or FILM430. Critical investigation of Zionist and Israeli culture and politics through film.

FILM 431 Italian Cinema II - In Translation (3) Also offered as: ITAL473. Credit only granted for: ITAL473, ITAL474, or FILM431. A study of Italian society and culture through the medium of film from the mid 1970's to the present. Taught in English.

FILM 433 Holocaust in Italian Literature and Cinema (3) Also offered as: ITAL433. Credit only granted for: ITAL433, or FILM433. Review of literature and theoretical writings of Italy's most famous survivor, Primo Levi, to a sampling of Italian films that focus in vastly different and often extremely controversial ways on the experience of the concentration camp, while addressing a series of central questions from the brutal realities of the camps to the "compromises" made in order to survive, the need to bear witness, and the idea of the survivor's guilt.

FILM 441 Italian Cinema I: Neorealism (3) Also offered as: ITAL436. Credit only granted for: FILM441 or ITAL436. Explores representations of Italy in cinema with special focus on identity formation and the movement of Italian neorealism and post neorealism. Taught in English.

FILM 451 Film Noir and American Culture (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL428A (Summer 2006, Spring 2007, Summer 2009) or ENGL379Q (Fall 2009) or HHUM106 (Spring 2012), or ARTH389A (Spring 2012). Credit only granted for: FILM451, ENGL468D, ENGL428A ,ENGL379Q, HHUM106, or ARTH389A (Spring 2012). Formerly: ENGL428A and ENGL379Q. Introduction to a variety of American movies made in the 1940s and 1950s whose dark themes and stark black-and-white lighting led to their identification as film noir.

FILM 452 The Origins of Cinema (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, FILM283, or SLLC283; or permission of Film Studies Program. Credit only granted for: FILM452 or ENGL468G. An in-depth engagement with the specificity of early cinema, dedicated to a comparative framework that compares the early cinema period (1890-1915) to other moments of media emergence, both before and after cinema, with special emphasis on the current, "digital" moment.

FILM 461 Political Cinema (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Also offered as: SLLC461. Credit only granted for: SLLC461, FILM461, SLLC468P, or CMLT498P. Formerly: SllC468P and CMLT498P. Histories of cinemaa and politics in the 20th century.

FILM 463 Screening Time: History and Memory in Cinema (3) Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities. Also offered as: SLLC463. Credit only granted for: SLLC463 or FILM463. An examination of the ways and techniques with which cinema produces a sense of time in the viewer.

FILM 499 Directed Study in Film Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Readings and Research in Film Studies under faculty supervison.

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