Online Courses

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | College of Communication | Questrom School of Business

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Communication

Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2018: Black & Indian British Cinemas. While British people of African and Indian descent have been represented on screen since the early days of British colonial cinema, Black British and British Indian filmmaking only started in earnest in the 1970s and 1980s. Production ramped up in the 1980s and 1990s, when Channel 4 studios sought out directors of color to fulfill its mission to serve minority interests. This course examines the history of Black British and British Indian filmmaking, from studio pictures to independent, documentary, and avant-garde films. We study how filmmakers of Black and Indian heritage carved out space for themselves within the film industry, as well as how their films engage with various intersections of identity, including race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. 4 cr.

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Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2018: Screenwriting for Fiction Writers. This course acquaints participants with the structure of the traditional three-act, feature-length, narrative screenplay for motion pictures. Through the analysis of a variety of screenplays, we will develop our own principles about the elements of screenwriting; and we will apply those principles to the writing of an outline, and then to the feature itself. Through workshops and instructor response, participants will select, develop, and write their (screen) stories. Each participant will finish the class with a full draft of a script. 4 cr.

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COM FT 554

Online offering. Topic for Summer 2018: Super Heroes in Film. Focusing on films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this course explores the thematic and aesthetic aspects that have made super hero films so popular. Students learn and utilize basic film studies terminology (the close-up, the long take, cross-cutting, etc.) in order to understand how filmmakers create meaning though the use of specific cinematic techniques. In addition, the course contextualizes MCU films by explaining how each has operated within Marvel’s cinematic history and its competition with DC. Taking the films themselves and their historical context into consideration, students are introduced to a basic understanding of the field of film studies and the types of analyses those working in the field undertake. A $240 technology fee is also charged for this online course in addition to tuition. 4 cr.

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Questrom School of Business

Introduction to Management

QST SM 101

A broad introduction to the nature and activities of business enterprises within the United States' economic and political framework. Course content introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Key objectives of the course are development of business vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of how businesses make money. This course is intended for non-business majors. It may not be taken by Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.

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