History of Popular Cinema

Course NameHistory of Popular Cinema
Course CodeFMS255
DescriptionThis course is a survey of the major trends in film history from the advent of cinema in 1895 to the present. Progressing chronologically, the course builds an overall view of film and the film industry across cultures. Students will also become familiar with key concepts in film studies including realism, expressionism, auteurism, mise en scene, and genre. As students acquire a better familiarity with cinematic history and the developments in film criticism, they will become better prepared to form surer and sounder judgments about their own film experiences and to speak and write about those judgments with greater clarity and skill.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should have:
– A familiarity with the major movements in film theory and criticism with respect to the various modes of inquiry that have impacted the study of film; – A basic familiarity with key concepts in cinema studies;
– A familiarity with a body of films and the ways in which they can be understood and contextualized with respect to the literature that defines film theory and criticism;
– An ability to apply critical and analytic tools essential for film scholarship and related fields of aesthetic inquiry grounded in a familiarity with the critical literature on film.
SchoolSchool of Journalism, Media, and Visual Arts
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS