Fall 2012 Course Descriptions


ART 313 01 Digital Art: Advanced Projects
TR 02:00 pm-04:30 pm
Professor Elizabeth Daggett

In this studio course, students with make advanced video projects, including, but not limited to: narrative filmmaking, documentary, experimental, and/or animation projects. Cameras and editing software are provided.

ENGL 202 01 Introduction to Cinema (F5)
TR 12:30 pm-01:45 pm, W 07:00 pm-09:30 pm
ENGL 202 02 Introduction to Cinema (F5)
TR 02:00 pm-03:15 pm, W 07:00 pm-09:30 pm
Professor Rashna Richards

This course offers an introduction to film analysis. We will learn and practice close reading of films through an examination of various cinematic elements, such as mise en scène, editing, sound, lighting, framing, and so on. Using different interpretive approaches, we will also consider questions of ideology, aesthetics, and power as well as issues of race, gender, sexuality, and representation. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or equivalent. All students must attend a weekly screening.

GRMN 240/340 German Cinema (F5)
MW 02:00 pm-04:00 pm
Professor Michelle Mattson

This course, examining important German films since the days of the Weimar Republic, places special emphasis on the historical and social background of each film as well as the aesthetic qualities of the works. It thereby seeks to contribute to a better understanding of recent German history and of films as an artistic medium. Filmmakers to be studied include Friedrich Murnau, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Volker Schlöndorff, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wolfgang Becker. All films are subtitled; the course is taught in English. GRMN 340 will be reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

HIST 105 03 Introductory Seminars in History: Latin America through Film (F2, F3)
TR 09:30 am-10:45 am, W 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
Professor Michael LaRosa

This writing intensive course provides an introduction to themes and topics from a variety of historical perspectives. May not be repeated for credit. Not open to juniors and seniors.

HIST 105 07 Introductory Seminars in History: British Empire through Film (F2, F3)
MWF 12:00 pm-12:50 pm, R 06:30 pm-08:30 pm
Professor Lynn Zastoupil

LEARNING COMMUNITY OPEN ONLY TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. The last great English-speaking empire, that of Britain from 1500 onward, officially disappeared 50 years ago, though its powerful effects are all around us in the 21st-century world, from Afghanistan to South Africa to the Caribbean. This cross-disciplinary learning community, combining History and English literature, explores the origins and ideas of the Empire, its development and crises, and changing British attitudes through the centuries, ending with contemporary Britain and its struggles with post-imperial multiculturalism. The two courses are closely related, not least through a range of activities outside the classroom: Thursday evening screenings of movies such as Zulu, Breaker Morant, Amazing Grace, Bend it Like Beckham, and My Beautiful Laundrette, are an essential component of the History course. The liberal arts college ideal is a community of individuals – students and professors – engaged in an energetic, shared exploration of their world and the life of the mind, and the British Empire Learning Community is a heightening of that ideal as each course evolves through discussions in the other. The interdisciplinary experience produces results that are active, exploratory, adventurous and exciting. Members of this Learning Community have consistently taken a leading role in an annual intercollegiate student research conference, the only first-year students to do so. May not be repeated for credit.