Cinema & Media Studies

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  • CAS CI 101: History of Global Cinema 1: Origins through 1950s
    This course provides an overview of film history in a number of different national traditions, from the origins of film through the 1950s. It covers the emergence of the key international film movements, alongside the economic and historical conditions that inform them. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CI 102: History of Global Cinema 2: 1960s to the Present
    This course provides an overview of film history in a number of different national traditions, from the 1960s to the present. It covers the emergence of the key international film movements, alongside the economic and historical conditions that inform them. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CI 200: Introduction to Film & Media Aesthetics
    Introduction to fundamental concepts for the analysis/understanding of film and media. Key concepts of formal composition (e.g. editing, mise-en-scene, cinematography, sound and more) over a diverse set of media texts. Foundational skills in analysis appropriate to film, television and moving- image media. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • CAS CI 255: The Myth of the Family in Classic American Literature, Film, and Television
    Blood bonds, criminality, violence, and language as they emerge across American cultural forms. Works include novels by Twain, Faulkner, Morrison, and Junot D?az; films such as The Godfather and Boys Don't Cry; serial television such as Breaking Bad and The Wire. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Social Inquiry I.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Social Inquiry I
  • CAS CI 260: Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema (in English translation)
    Japanese film from the silent era to contemporary animation, with attention to the intersection of cinematic and cultural analysis and genres such as yakuza movies. Directors studied may include Ozu, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Miyazaki Hayao. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS CI 263: Philosophy and Film
    This class provides an introduction philosophical and aesthetic issues connected with film. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CI 266: Italian Cinema
    A portrait of modern Italian life as seen through cinema and screenplays. Films by Visconti, Fellini, Bertolucci, Bellocchio, Garrone, Sorrentino (based on works by Pirandello, Calvino, Moravia, Pasolini) illustrate aspects of Italian cultural development in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS LI 283.
  • CAS CI 268: Religion and Film
    Films from around the world, which depict religious heroes and communities and the quest for religiosity. Supplementary readings from cinema studies and diverse religious traditions. Writing assignments include academic essays, film reviews, and a film journal.
  • CAS CI 269: Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film
    How can we understand the impact of the Holocaust and its ongoing legacies? Holocaust representation in literature, film and memorials, including discussions of bystander complicity and societal responsibilities, testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, documentaries and feature films. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Ethical Reasoning.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Ethical Reasoning
  • CAS CI 320: Weimar Cinema
    German silent and early sound films from Caligari to Hitler, viewed in the aesthetic context of contemporary and recent film theory and criticism and in the broader cultural context of the interwar Weimar Republic (1918--1933), with international points of comparison. Weekly screenings. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS LG 387.
  • CAS CI 321: Introduction to Brazilian Cinema
    An overview of Brazilian cinema in the 60s, 70s and 80s, its discourse on revolution and marginality, as well as its connection to artistic, musical, and literary movements. Focus on the work of avant-garde filmmakers and younger generations. Also includes attention to Cuban cinema. Taught in English. Also offered as CAS LP 360. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS CI 325: Film and Identity in the Islamic World
    Introduction to film history in the Islamic world, correlated with literary history. Topic for Spring 2021: This course examines how competing notions of tradition and modernity are presented in Iranian cinema. By exploring the connections between Iranian films and Persian literary works, the course explores how enduring themes are depicted on the screen. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS CI 340: Jane Campion: A Girl's Own Story
    In-depth study of Jane Campion, one of few women filmmakers with a large body of work, who regularly explores sexism and its effects in her films and TV series, important and timely given the current exposure of sexual harassment of women in the film industry.
  • CAS CI 351: Topics in Auteur Studies
    May be repeated for credit if topic is different. Three topics are offered Spring 2020. Section A1: Kurosawa: Focus on the varied works of Kurosawa Akira. Attention to Kurosawa's film style, global reception, and his complex reflections on Japanese history and the nature of cinema. Readings in English and all films available with English subtitles. Section B1: Terrence Malick and the Pastoral Avant-Garde. An extensive exploration of the films of Terrence Malick, highlighting their aesthetic, philosophical and ecological dimensions. Treated alongside parallel developments in Hollywood, art-house cinema, and experimental practice. Additional works by Herzog, Reichardt, Tarkovsky, Antonioni, Brakhage, Heidegger, Cavell and more. Section C1: Intensive study of melodramas concerned with women's experience and especially women's suffering directed by Max Ophuls, Douglas Sirk, and Todd Haynes. Reading adaptions (Mildred Pierce) and thematically relevant fiction (The Bluest Eye). Weekly screenings.
  • CAS CI 352: Auteur Filmmaking
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., EN 120 or WR 100 or WR 120).
    An intensive exploration of the work of a single filmmaker or group of filmmakers, paying special attention to theoretical problems of authorship and artistic control. How do filmmakers respond to studio pressure, historical events or government censorship? How do personal styles develop and transform in a collaborative medium? What does it mean to think of the director or writer or producer of a film as its author? Course content varies by semester. Topic for Fall 2021: Black Auteurs. Seminar focusing on race and authorship, with detailed attention to the politics of style and identity in the work of major Black filmmakers. Possible figures include: Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Carl Franklin, Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, and more. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
  • CAS CI 363: Screening Modern China (in English Translation)
    Also offered as CAS LC 287 A1. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS CI 365: Modern Korean Culture through Cinema (in English translation)
    Exploring Korean cinema focusing on the themes of violence and redemption. What ethical, aesthetic, and historical implications can we draw from various cinematic depictions of violence? What might be ethical ways to visualize others' traumatic experiences? Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CI 369: Greek Tragedy and Film
    Explores Greek tragic myth's afterlife, both directly and obliquely, in cinema and in the modern literature spawning cinema: how certain Greek tragic myths have come to life as film and how "non-mythic" stories have acquired a mythic power in literary and cinematic form. All texts in translation. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CI 378: Modern Greek Culture and Film
    Introduction to Greek cultural, social, historical, political, economic, and religious issues through a range of films that have reflected and shaped contemporary Greek society. Entertainment, education, popular culture, propaganda, and identity- and nation-building practices as reflected in Greek cinema. Also offered as CAS CG 357. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS CI 380: Gender and Identity in Contemporary Middle Eastern Film
    An exploration of representations of gender and identity in contemporary Middle Eastern films by male and female directors reflecting on the impact of modernization, globalization, war and trauma through different visual genres. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression