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Unformatted text preview: SYLLABUS CSCL/SCMC 1201 ! INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA AND MEDIA CULTURE ! SPRING 2011 Class meetings: Nicholson Hall 275, Monday & Wednesday 2:30 4:25 1 Professor Alice Lovejoy Office: Nicholson Hall 146C / Office hours: M 10 am 12 pm, W 4:30 5 pm, & by appt. Office tel.: 612-626-1552 / Email: (see email guidelines , below) Reader/Graders Matthew Hadley,, office hours M & W 1 2, Nich. 364 George Hoagland,, office hours W 4:30 6:15 & by appt., Nich. 364 Kevin Humbert,, office hours M 12 2, Nich. 364 Justin Schell,, office hours W 11 1, Nich. 364 Course description The emergence of what is variously referred to as the Information Age and Society of the Spectacle has made it necessary for us to think critically about the media. Since visual media have the most pervasive influence on our everyday lives, this course will focus on how forms such as radio, film, television, and new media work, affect perception, structure meaning, and interact with the social, political, and historical world. We will read some of the most important theoretical and historical texts that provide insight into our ways of seeing. No prior exposure to media theory is expected, but although this is an introductory class, students will be expected to read and work through challenging material. We will read a variety of critics who have attempted to analyze cinema and media culture and we will also begin to develop a vocabulary for formal visual analysis. Required texts Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, Practices of Looking , 2 nd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009) Bill Nichols, Engaging Cinema (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010) Kate Turabian, Students Guide to Writing College Papers , 4 th edition (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2010) ( Turabian in syllabus) Additional texts on Moodle (noted in syllabus) Classroom lectures and discussions Course requirements Regular attendance, advance preparation of all assignments, participation in class discussions (regular and insightful contributions are factored into final grades, up to an additional 5%) This course satisfies CLAs council on Liberal Education (CLE) Arts and Humanities Core requirement in Humanistic Studies. In keeping with the CLE guidelines for the Humanities Core, this course will acquaint students with basic concepts in cultural studies, film studies, and media studies. Special attention will be paid to cultural practices of mass-produced and mass-distributed media. This course seeks to provide students with a rigorous background with which to engage the contemporary situation of electronic media, including film, radio, television, and networked media. Students will learn how various media create meaning within a social, historical, and political context, and how this differs according to medium. They will become fluent with key terms in cinema and media studies, and use this language to...
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