Summer 2015 Course Offerings
- FILM 120: Introduction to Film (Section 970 & 971)--Dr. Kenneth Chan
- FILM 211: History of Film II--Dr. Kenneth Chan
- FILM 330: Science Fiction Cinema--Dr. Kenneth Chan
Course Description: Since its invention at the beginning of the twentieth century, cinema as a popular art form has assumed a prominent place in our everyday lives. While serving as entertainment, it has also informed and transformed us culturally. Its continued popularity and relevance in the new millennium can be attributed to the way the cinematic form has morphed with the times: high-definition digital quality, 3D, online streaming technology, Blu-Ray, Netflix, YouTube, and films on the Internet. Because of cinema’s historical importance and contemporary ubiquity, this course seeks to help students come to a more complex understanding of the medium and its significance, by moving students beyond the casual viewing of film as entertainment (which is important in its own right) to the adoption of an analytical and critical approach to cinema. This course equips students with the fundamental vocabulary of film art, while also introducing them to the vast histories and discourses of filmic analysis and criticism. Throughout the semester, we will encounter instances of classic and contemporary films from American and world cinema as a means of illustrating the theoretical concepts in film studies.
Fall 2015 Course Offerings
Course Description: FILM 211 History of Film II provides an ambitious sweep of cinematic culture from the post-WWII era to contemporary film experiences. Because of the survey function and nature of this course, we cannot but be selective in our coverage and approach. While Hollywood’s dominance in global box offices demands our attention, alternative, independent, “foreign,” and “global” cinemas will also be featured. Students will view works by filmmakers from countries like the United States, France, Italy, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and Germany. The objective is to help students map out the broad terrain of cinema across the globe, knowledge that will serve as a foundation for future work in film studies. We will also begin the critical processes of rethinking the notion of film history as a scholarly enterprise by challenging the concept of history itself within the discipline.
Course Description: This course begins with a brief historical survey of the development of science fiction cinema as a genre, from silent film, to European avant garde cinema, and finally to its domination in Hollywood summer blockbusters. We will then turn to specific films to tackle the major themes in the genre, including political futurism, utopia/dystopia, transmogrification, monstrosity, zombies, human-technology interfacing, robotics, doomsday scenarios, the apocalypse, and the digital frontier of cinema. Films scheduled for viewing may include 2001: Space Odyssey, Aliens, Cloverfield, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hunger Games, Avatar, Pacific Rim, Snowpiercer, Cloud Atlas, and Star Wars.