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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Film Studies

Gilberto Blasini, Associate Professor of English, Director
Benjamin Schneider, Senior Lecturer in English, Assistant Director, and Undergraduate Advisor

The College of Letters & Science offers a unique major and minor in Film Studies. This interdisciplinary program is founded on a broad, international perspective on film, popular culture, and media forms, texts, and global industries.

After completing the required introductory courses in history, formal analysis, and theory, film studies majors and minors explore a variety of advanced topics including world cinema, the internet and media culture, theories of mass culture, film and literature, writing on film and television, classical and contemporary film theory, television criticism and theory, film genres and other special topic courses to suit their interests and concentrations. In addition to courses stressing cultural, historical, and theoretical approaches, students can take advantage of a range of resources and opportunities to explore and deepen their understanding of contemporary and historically significant film and media, and take part in major festivals and symposia, most recently devoted to contemporary Asian cinema, Latin American and Caribbean film and culture, and global media and technology.

The major in film studies provides students with critical skills and multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary media forms. It promotes the study of film and media in their aesthetic, social, cultural, political, and technological contexts and expands students' understanding of media as essential elements of our global cultural environment.

Course of Study: Major

A total of 39 credits is required for the major, at least 15 in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) taken in residence at UWM. Students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all UWM credits attempted for the major. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. Students must complete the requirements specified below.

Core Courses (12 cr.)

 

     

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 205

History of Film I: Development of an Art

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 290

Introduction to Film Studies

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 390

Classical Film Criticism and Theory (offered fall semester only)

3

FILMSTD 590

Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory (satisfies L&S research requirement;
offered spring semester only)

3

Four courses (12 cr.) selected from the following:

 

     

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 206

History of Film II: Development of an Art

3

COMPLIT 233

Literature and Film: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 286

Writing About Film and Television

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 291

Introduction to Television Studies (if not selected above)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 293

Literature and Media: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 295

Women and Film

3

FILM 201

Introduction to Experimental Media Arts

3

FILM 202

Current Topics in Media Arts Prediction: (Subtitle)

3

FILM 203

Media Workshop: (Subtitle) (if not selected above)

3

FILM 220

Basic Elements of Filmmaking I (if not selected above)  

3

FILM 221

Basic Elements of Filmmaking II (if not selected above)

6

FILM 222

Basic Elements of Video (if not selected above)  

3

FILMSTD 212

Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: (Subtitle)

3

FILMSTD 299

Ad Hoc: (Subtitle)

1-6

ITALIAN 229

Italian Cinema

3

JAMS 260

Contemporary Non-Fiction Media

3

A maximum of 3 credits in Film Department courses (FILM) may count toward the intermediate-level course requirement.

Advanced-Level (300 and above) Electives (15 cr.): Five courses (minimum 15 cr.) from the approved list. At least 6 cr. must be selected from courses focusing on world/global/international cinema, selected from ENGLISH 316, FILMSTD 412, or other appropriate courses approved by the coordinator. The following is a partial list. Other variable content courses with appropriate subtitles may be approved on a semester-by-semester basis to count toward the major. See the list published in the Schedule of Classes under affiliated Film Studies courses, the Film Studies website, or the program advisor.

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 305

Film Analysis I: Method and Theory

3

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 306

Film Analysis II: Method and Theory

3

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 307

Film Directors: (Subtitle)

3

ARTHIST/FILMSTD 308

Film Styles: (Subtitle)

3

COMPLIT 360

Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: "New Chinese Cinemas" subtitle

3

COMPLIT 461

Film-Fiction Interaction: (Subtitle)

H

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 312

Topics in Film Studies: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 316

World Cinema: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 320

Studies in Film Authorship: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 329

Film and Literature

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 330

Film and Drama: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 380

Media and Society: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 383

Cinema and Genre: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 391

Television Criticism and Theory

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 392

Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 394

Theories of Mass Culture: (Subtitle)

3

ENGLISH/FILMSTD 395

Feminist Film Criticism and Theory: (Subtitle)

3

FLMSTD/JEWISH 350

Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle)

3

FILMSTD 412

Global Cinemas - Cinematic Practices in the Context of Globalization: (Subtitle)

3

FILMSTD 489

Upper-Level Internship

1-6

FILMSTD 499

Ad Hoc: (Subtitle)

1-6

FILMSTD 669

Screening Sexuality: (Subtitle)

3

FILMSTD 699

Advanced Independent Study

1-6

FRENCH 451

Cinema of the French-Speaking World: (Subtitle)

3

GERMAN 311

History of German Film: (Subtitle)

3

ITALIAN 629

Major Film Directors: (Subtitle)

3

JAMS 560

History of Mass Media

3

JAMS 562

Media Studies and Culture

3

JAMS 620

Global Media Systems

3

Honors in the Major

Film Studies majors who have maintained at least a 3.60 GPA in courses for the major, a 3.50 GPA on all advanced (300-level and above) courses in the major, and a 3.00 GPA overall may apply to the Film Studies undergraduate advisor to graduate with "Honors in the Major."

Course of Study: Minor

The minor in film studies is open to all students in any UWM undergraduate degree program. To complete the minor, students are required to take 18 credits of Film Studies Program approved courses. Nine credits must be taken at the intermediate (200-299) level and must include ENGLISH 290, Introduction to Film Studies, and either ARTHIST 205, History of Film I: Development of an Art, or ARTHIST 206, History of Film II: Development of an Art. The other intermediate course must be selected from the list below. The remaining credits must be selected from advanced-level (300 and above) courses on the approved electives list. Students must attain a 2.5 GPA in UWM credits attempted for the minor. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.5 GPA in all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Courses (FILMSTD)

Film studies and media courses are offered by the following departments in the College of Letters & Science:

Art History

English

Foreign Languages and Linguistics

French, Italian, and Comparative Literature

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

Elective film production courses are offered by the Peck School of the Arts Film Department.

Film Studies Courses

111 Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet. 3 cr. U. History of film, television, and the internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form. ARTHIST 111, ENGLISH 111, & FILMSTD 111 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. pereq: none.

151 Film Art. 3 cr. U. A general introduction to film art and criticism, the course will proceed according to a classic model - film elements, to style, form, theme and finally evaluation. The selected films will be representative of various currents of film art, both narrative and avant-garde. ARTHIST 151 & FimStd 151 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Pereq: none.

192 First-Year Seminar: (Subtitle). 3 cr, U. The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.

205 History of Film I: Development of an Art. 3 cr. U. The technology, style, history, and theory of the medium. Aesthetic advances from silent to color and sound films. Contributions of various nationalities and artists. ARTHIST 205 & FILMSTD 205 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.

206 History of Film II: Development of an Art. 3 cr. U. The technology, style, history and theory of the medium. Aesthetic advances from silent to color and sound films. Contributions of various nationalities and artists. ARTHIST 206 & FILMSTD 206 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.

212 Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: (Subtitle). 3 cr, U. Stylistic, generic, historical, or theoretical issues in film studies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: ARTHIST 205(P) or 206(P) or ENGLISH 290(P).

286 Writing about Film and Television. 3 cr. U. Intensive practice and study of the critical and technical elements of writing with emphasis on close reading and writing about media images and narratives. ENGLISH 286 & FILMSTD 286 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grade of C or better in ENGLISH 102(P) or score at level 4 on EPT.

290 Introduction to Film Studies. 3 cr. U. Analysis of formal, thematic, and generic components of narrative, documentary, and avant garde filmmaking. ENGLISH 290 & FILMSTD 290 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.

291 Introduction to Television Studies. 3 cr. U. The forms, images, and narratives particular to television. ENGLISH 291 & FILMSTD 291 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.

292 Classic Dramas in Film: (Subtitle). U. A sampling of great plays in film versions, with performances by acclaimed actors. Offered on a cr/no cr basis. Retakable w/chg in topic to 3 cr. max. ENGLISH 292 & FILMSTD 292 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.

293 Literature and Media: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U. A study of novels, essays, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and films in order to disclose similarities and differences in their use of rhetorical strategies. Retakeable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 293 & FILMSTD 293 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: soph st.

295 Women and Film. 3 cr. U. A study of the representation of women in narrative, documentary, and avant garde film, television and/or video, including a survey of psychoanalytic theories of spectatorship and feminist analyses of mass culture. ENGLISH 295 & FILMSTD 295 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: soph st.

297 Study Abroad. 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM-sponsored program before coursework levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially-prepared program coursework. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Program.

299 Ad Hoc: (Subtitle). 1-6 cr, U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none, except as required for specific topic.

305 Film Analysis I: Method and Theory, 3 cr, U/G. Film language, critical methods, and theory applied to selected works of film art. Cross-cultural analysis of styles and themes. Study of major film artists. ARTHIST 305 & FILMSTD 305 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Pereq: jr st.

306 Film Analysis II: Method and Theory, 3 cr, U/G. Film language, critical methods, and theory applied to selected works of film art. Cross-cultural analysis of styles and themes. Study of major film artists. ARTHIST 306 & FILMSTD 306 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Pereq: jr st.

307 Film Directors: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. Compehensive analysis of the technique, style, and themes of specific major film artists. Biographical, cultural, artistic influences of artists' work. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ARTHIST 307 and FILMSTD 307 language, critical methods, and theory applied to selected works of film art. Cross-cultural analysis of styles and themes. Study of major film artists. ARTHIST 305 & FILMSTD 305 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; ARTHIST 205 (R) or 305 (R).

308 Film Styles: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. A stylistic analysis of film of major filmmakers made within the structures of particular genres, such as gangsters, musicals, westerns, horror, science fiction and studios. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ARTHIST 308 & FILMSTD 308 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq; jr st.

312 Topics in Film Studies: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U. Study of stylistic, generic, historical, or theoretical issues in film studies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 312 & FILMSTD 312 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq; jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; ENGLISH 290 (P).

316 World Cinema: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U. National cinemas in first, second, and/or third world nations; relationships among representation, narrative, and social forms. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 316 & FILMSTD 316 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st or ENGLISH 290 (P); satisfaction of GER English composition competency req.

320 Studies in Film Authorship: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U. The function of authorship in the cinema and/or in television; the roles of producer, director, screenwriter, and star. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 320 & FILMSTD 320 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st or ENGLISH 290 (P); satisfaction of GER English composition competency req.

329 Film and Literature. 3 cr. U/G. Capabilities and limitations of narrative film and literature, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each artistic mode. ENGLISH 329 & FILMSTD 329 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; ENGLISH 290 (P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.

330 Film and Drama: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U. Capabilities and limitations of narrative film and drama, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each artistic mode. ENGLISH 330 & FILMSTD 330 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; ENGLISH 290 (P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.

299 Ad Hoc: (Subtitle). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one additional sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none, except as required for specific topic.

350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle). 3 cr, U. Global Jewish identity in its historic and contemporary cultural dimensions through film and media texts, analysis, and criticism. FILMSTD & Jewish 350 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Rekatable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.

380 Media and Society: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. An examination of film and/or television, with attention to the representation of class, gender, race, and nation. Subtitles vary. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 380 & FILMSTD 380 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; ENGLISH 290 (P) or 291 (P) or 6 cr in courses approved for hum breadth cr.

383 Cinema and Genre: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. Stylistic and thematic analyses of literary and film genres (e.g. melodrama, film noir). Consideration of writers, directors, producers and stars whose works represent forms of a genre. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 383 & FILMSTD 393 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; ENGLISH 290 (P) or 6 cr in courses approved for hum breadth cr.

390 Classical Film Criticism and Theory. 3 cr. U/G. Survey of the history of film theory, with particular attention to developing critical skills in film theoretical writing. ENGLISH 390 & FILMSTD 390 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req. ENGLISH 290 (P), & ARTHIST 205 (P); or cons instr.

391 Television Criticism and Theory. 3 cr. U/G. Study of the forms and representational strategies of television narrative, and the various modes of analysis that may be applied to television viewers and texts. ENGLISH 391 & FILMSTD 391 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; ENGLISH 291 (P) or cons instr.

392 Contemporary Film Criticism and Theory: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. Current issues in film criticism and theory and an exploration of critical perspectives (psychoanalysis, feminism, structuralism, post-structuralism) informing recent debates in film studies. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 392 & FILMSTD 392 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; ENGLISH 290 (P) or 291 (P) or cons instr.

394 Theories of Mass Culture: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. A survey of theories of mass culture relative to film from the later 19th century to the present. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 394 & FILMSTD 394 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; ENGLISH 290 (P) or 291 (P) or cons instr.

395 Feminist Film Criticism and Theory: (Subtitle). 3 cr. U/G. Theories of representation and spectatorship that focus on the position of women in film, television, and/or video. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ENGLISH 395 & FILMSTD 395 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; ENGLISH 295 (P) or cons instr.

412 Global Cinemas - Cinematic Practices in the Context of Globalization: (Subtitle), 3 cr. U/G. Cinema within global transformations that reshape the way we think about film and its history; cinema's changing impact beyond national borders. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; ENGLISH 290(P); satisfaction of GER English composition competency req.

489 Internship in Film Studies, Upper Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of advanced principles of film studies in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for 40 hrs work. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in Film Studies; 2.25 GPA; cons supervising faculty member.

497 Study Abroad. 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM-sponsored program before coursework levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially-prepared program coursework. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Program.

499 Ad Hoc: (Subtitle). 1-6 cr, U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w'chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.

590 Seminar in Contemporary Film Theory. 3 cr. U. Contemporary theories and criticism of cinema, from 1960 to the present. Theoretical approaches considered may include structuralism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, feminism, post-structuralism, queer theory. Prereq: sr st; ENGLISH 390 (P).

669 Screening Sexuality: (Subtitle) Relationship between discourses of sexuality and media artifacts/texts. Historical/theoretical approaches to apprehend construction and representation of sexuality/sexual identities in media. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Repeat of ENGLISH 312 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st.

699 Independent Work. 1-3 cr, U. For more information consult coordinator. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair, & assoc dean for SAS.

Faculty

Gilberto Blasini, Assoc. Prof., PhD, English, Director
University of California, Los Angeles

Elena Gorfinkel, Asst. Prof., PhD, Art History
New York University

Andrew Martin, Assoc. Prof., PhD, English
University of Iowa

Tasha Oren, Assoc. Prof., PhD, English
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Peter Paik, Assoc Prof., PhD, Comparative Literature
Cornell University

Patrice Petro, Prof., PhD, English
University of Iowa

Benjamin Schneider, Sr. Lect., PhD, English, Assistant Director and Undergraduate Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Tami Williams, Asst. Prof., PhD, English
University of California, Los Angeles


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