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Film Studies Minor Courses

 

Spring 2014 Courses

CMN 2575 Field Production (1:30-2:35, MW)
(1-4-3) On Demand. Students learn theories and techniques of audio and video production, with an emphasis on field production, post-production, and broadcast news. Students will be required to complete laboratory hours at WEIU-TV and/or WEIU-FM.
Prerequisites and Notes: CMN 2525 or permission of instructor. Credits: 3

CMN 3530 Film Communication (9:00-10:15 TR; 7-9:30 T)                                      
(3-2-4) Film as the expression of the performers, producers, directors, writers, and technicians. Critical discussion of film theory, history, and criticism. Credits: 4

CMN 3540 – Videography (8-10:05 TR)
(1-4-3) On Demand. The study and practice of the production of video programs, with an emphasis on camera techniques. Practical experience in a wide variety of production exercises.
Prerequisites and Notes: CMN 2525 or Permission of Instructor. Credits: 3

CMN 4500 Topics in Electronic Production -- Documentary Film (TR 3:30-5:30) (With permission of the Film Studies Minor Coordinator)
A detailed examination of specific theories and practices related to electronic media production. Specific topics will vary according to student demand, availability, and interest of faculty. May be repeated with a change in course content.
Prerequisites and Notes: Completion of CMN 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 with a grade of "C" or better, and CMN 2525 and CMN 3520 or CMN 3540 or permission of instructor. Credits: 3 

CMN 4540 - Advanced Video Production (8-10:05 MW)
(1-4-3) On Demand. This course deals with the principles of preproduction planning, scripting, lighting, and audio and video mixing for studio and remote television productions as unified by the television director.
Prerequisites and Notes: Completion of CMN 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 with a grade of "C" or better, and CMN 3540 or permission of instructor. Credits: 3

ENG 2005, Creative Writing Drama/Screenwriting (11-11:50 MWF)
(3-0-3) An introduction to the reading and writing of dramatic scenes for radio, theatre, TV, and film with class time devoted to various principles common to all dramatic writingthrough writing exercisesand workshop discussion. Credits: 3

ENG 4904 Studies in Film: Horror Cinema & the Nature of the Monster (3:30-5:30 TR)
English 4904, Studies in Film, will explore the horror film in relation to a monstrous nature that evolved either deliberately or by accident and incites fear in humanity as both character and audience. According to film scholar Noel Carroll, “In works of horror, humans regard the monsters they meet as abnormal, as disturbances of the natural order” (16). For Carrol, “horror involves essential reference to an entity, a monster, which then serves as a particular object of the emotion of art-horror” (41). By the end of this course, students will become familiar with the nature of such monsters in and of the horror film. Credits: 3

EIU 4104G, World Film (1-1:50 MF, 1-2:50 W)
In this class, students will watch films (full features and clips) from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, South America, Japan, India and more (subtitled in English). Learn to study film as a unique art form that strongly reflects the culture of its origin. Compare the influence of foreign film on Hollywood and Hollywood’s influence on foreign film. Discuss some of the most influential and provocative films of foreign cinema from early 1900s to the present. Credits: 3

EIU 4115G Pop Culture Economics (Multiple Sections)
(3-0-3) A study of the ways in which the stories told in popular music, movies, and television programs demonstrate the important role that economics plays in individuals' lives. Students will explore how individuals, firms, governments, and society make decisions in attempts to achieve the greatest level of well-being possible in a world of limited resources. Economics majors are excluded.
Prerequisites and Notes: Completion of 75 hours. Course may not be repeated. Credits: 3

EIU 4192G - Film and Contemporary Society, Honors
(4-0-4) F, S. A study of the theory, aesthetics, history, and cultural contexts of film, concentrating on the relationships among film, literature, popular culture, music, and the plastic arts. Students will explore the ways in which we read film and culture from around the world, and the ways in which we write about film. English majors are excluded. 
Prerequisites & Notes Completion of 75 semester hours. Credits: 4

FILM 3759G - History of Cinema  (10-11:15 TR, R 7-9)
The course offers a comprehensive yet selective overview of the history of cinema, integrating the basic tools for analyzing film as art. It will examine how the uses of camera, editing, lighting, sound, and acting contribute to the construction of meaning for audiences, as well as consider how meaning is filtered through various cultural contexts.
Prerequisites: ENG 1002G. Credits: 3

 

Summer 2014 Courses

Film 3759G, History of Cinema (1-3:55 TR during Six-Week Session)The course offers a comprehensive yet selective overview of the history of cinema, integrating the basic tools for analyzing film as art. It will examine how the uses of camera, editing, lighting, sound, and acting contribute to the construction of meaning for audiences, as well as consider how meaning is filtered through various cultural contexts.
Prerequisites: ENG 1002G. Credits: 3

 


 

Since some courses are only offered in either spring or fall semester, we maintain the full list of course offerings to give you an idea of the likely choices for the future. 

Required Courses:

CMN 3530 - Film Communication

(3-2-4) Film as the expression of the performers, producers, directors, writers, and technicians. Critical discussion of film theory, history, and criticism. WI

Credits: 4

ENG 3504 - Film and Literature.

(2-2-3) F, S. Practical and theoretical relations between film and literature. (Group 5) WI

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1002G. May be repeated once with permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3

FILM 3759G - History of Cinema.

(3-2-3) On Demand. The course offers a comprehensive yet selective overview of the history of cinema, integrating the basic tools for analyzing film as art. It will examine how the uses of camera, editing, lighting, sound, and acting contribute to the construction of meaning for audiences, as well as consider how meaning is filtered through various cultural contexts. WI

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1002G.

Credits: 3

 

Electives:

AFR 3300 - African Cinema

(3-0-3) F. This is a course which encounters and interprets traditions of Africa through its cinema.

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1002G.

Credits: 3

CMN 2575 - Field Production

(1-4-3) On Demand. Students learn theories and techniques of audio and video production, with an emphasis on field production, post-production, and broadcast news. Students will be required to complete laboratory hours at WEIU-TV and/or WEIU-FM.

Prerequisites & Notes: CMN 2525 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

CMN 3540 - Videography

(1-4-3) On Demand. The study and practice of the production of video programs, with an emphasis on camera techniques. Practical experience in a wide variety of production exercises.

Prerequisites & Notes: CMN 2575 or Permission of Instructor.

Credits: 3

CMN 4030A - Seminar I.

(3-0-3) On Demand. Seminar in topics which are not covered in the course offerings of the Department of Communication Studies. More than one section in more than one topic possible each semester. May be repeated once when topics vary. A maximum of six hours of CMN 4030 may count toward the major.

Credits: 3

  • or CMN 4030B or CMN 4030D or CMN 4030E

  • (See Footnote *)

CMN 4500A - Topics in Electronic Media Production I

(2-2-3) On Demand. A detailed examination of specific theories and practices related to electronic media production. Specific topics will vary according to student demand, availability, and interest of faculty.

Prerequisites & Notes: CMN 2550 or CMN 2575 or permission of instructor. May be repeated when topics vary.

Credits: 3
  • or CMN 4500B or CMN 4500D or CMN 4500E

  • (See Footnote *)

CMN 4540 - Advanced Video Production

(1-4-3) On Demand. This course deals with the principles of preproduction planning, scripting, lighting, and audio and video mixing for studio and remote television productions as unified by the television director.

Prerequisites & Notes: Completion of CMN 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 with a grade of “C” or better, and CMN 2575 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3

EIU 4104G - World Film: Language and Culture in Film

(3-0-3) This course will examine foreign film as a unique art form that strongly reflects the culture of its country of origin. Equal attention will be paid to film’s cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature. The influence of foreign film on and by Hollywood will be compared. Foreign Language majors are excluded. WI

Prerequisites & Notes: Completion of 75 semester hours. 

Credits: 3

EIU 4128G - Politics and Popular Culture

(3-0-3) On Demand. This course examines the relationship between politics and popular culture and focuses on how politics and culture interact. Students will examine how various media including music, television, film, and the Internet influence and reflect political behavior and institutions. Majors in Political Science are excluded. WI

Prerequisites & Notes: Completion of 75 semester hours.

Credits: 3

EIU 4170G - History on Film

(3-0-3) Through an investigation of the problems with and possibilities of cinematic depictions of the historical past, this course will explore the ways in which film uses historical images to project social ideals. Special attention will be placed on developing a method by which to critique the historicity of historical films. History majors are excluded. WI

Prerequisites & Notes: Completion of 75 semester hours. 

Credits: 3

EIU 4192G - Film and Contemporary Society, Honors

(4-0-4) F, S. A study of the theory, aesthetics, history, and cultural contexts of film, concentrating on the relationships among film, literature, popular culture, music, and the plastic arts. Students will explore the ways in which we read film and culture from around the world, and the ways in which we write about film. English majors are excluded. WI

Prerequisites & Notes: Completion of 75 semester hours.

Credits: 4

ENG 2005 - Creative Writing: Drama

(3-0-3) S. An introduction to the reading and writing of dramatic scenes for radio, theatre, TV, andfilm with class time devoted to various principles common to all dramatic writing through writing exercises and workshop discussion. (Group 5) EGL 923 WC

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1002G.

Credits: 3

ENG 3604 - Special Topics in Literature

(3-0-3) On Demand. Literature Before 1800. Topics to be announced. (Group 3A) WI

Prerequisites & NotesENG 1002G. May be repeated once with permission of the Department Chairperson. A maximum of nine hours in ENG 3604A, B, D, and E can be counted in the major.

Credits: 3
  • or ENG 3604B or ENG 3604D or ENG 3604E

  • (See Footnote *)

ENG 4764 - Play Writing

(3-2-3) S. In-depth study of major periods, genres, history, criticism and/or theory of film. Topics to be announced. (Group 5) WI

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1002G. May be repeated once with permission of the Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3

ENG 4904 - Studies in Film

(3-2-3) S. In-depth study of major periods, genres, history, criticism and/or theory of film. Topics to be announced. May be taken twice with permission of Department Chairperson. (Group 5) WI

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1002G.

Credits: 3

THA 3754G - American Theatre on Film

(3-1-3) S-even-numbered years. Analysis of significant American plays and film versions thereof. The object is to understand and appreciate similarities and differences between film and theatre as art and to gain insights into aspects of American society, as reflected in the works. Outside viewing assignments required.  WI

Prerequisites & Notes: ENG 1001G and ENG 1002G.

Credits: 3

 

Footnote:


*With the permission of the Film Studies Advisor