Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes/.

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information, including courses that are offered on a rotating basis.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Bogart
AS.061.154 (01)

This mini-course will offer an introduction to the basics of film analysis through a survey of films starring the legendary Humphrey Bogart. Short weekly written responses. No prior experience in film studies required; non-majors welcome. This one-credit course will meet September 3, 10, 17, 24, and will be graded Pass/Fail. Due to the limited number of meetings, perfect attendance is required.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Instructor: Bucknell, Lucy
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/50
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Digital Video Production: Visual Language
AS.061.145 (01)

This course is a study of the visual language used to create a moving picture. Through screenings and discussion of films, videos, and related readings, students will develop a visual critical facility and will demonstrate this facility in a few response papers to screenings and video projects. The course will focus on image construction, including composition, framing, movement inside the frame and use of light as well as use of sound. Students will learn to be attentive to rhythm and tempo in picture editing and sound. In-class video assignments included, in which students will work in small groups of three. Lab fee: $100

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 3:30PM - 5:50PM, T 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Yasinsky, Karen
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/10
  • PosTag(s): FILM-PROD

Modernist Literature and Film
AS.061.218 (01)

This course explores the exchange of ideas and techniques between literary modernism and modernist cinema: how Virginia Woolf’s writings on the cinema connect with her use of shifting points-of-view as literary devices, how James Joyce influenced the Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and how Eisenstein in turn influenced the American novelist John Dos Passos, how Franz Kafka's frequent trips to the movies reflect in his fiction, and how artists ventured broadly to develop experimental languages for expressing the new speeds and scales of modern life. Additional texts will be drawn from novels, essays, poems, and films from Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Charlie Chaplin, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Anita Loos, Andrei Bely, Dziga Vertov, Gertrude Stein, Louis Aragon, and René Clair. The course fulfills the writing intensive requirement and involves a series of essays on literature and cinema from a critical perspective.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stine, Kyle J.
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Cultural History of the Internet
AS.061.267 (01)

This course offers an introduction to internet studies through the many ways digital culture has touched our everyday lives: memes, blogs, gaming, social networking, instant messaging, and more. From its origins in connecting scientific researchers to its present form as a multi-device, multi-platform web connecting us to everything from each other to our smart homes, the internet has proven that nearly our entire social world can be processed as data and linked up. While this has meant greater connection, it has also raised questions about how we learn, communicate, behave, and organize. The internet has long promised new avenues of personal expression, but it has also brought with it the quandaries of echo chambers, information silos, and disinformation campaigns. In response to these complicating effects, the course offers an opportunity for students to develop the critical mapping tools necessary to orient oneself within this vast cultural network and its rapid historical unfolding.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 2:00PM - 4:20PM
  • Instructor: Stine, Kyle J.
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/30
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Special Topics: Writing About Film
AS.061.226 (01)

A workshop that focuses on writing critical and analytical essays about movies recent and classic. Students will write progressively longer and more complex essays– submitting working drafts and making revisions– and participate in critiques and discussions of one another’s writings. Fulfills Film and Media Studies expository writing requirement. Lab Fee: $50

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 2:00PM - 4:20PM, M 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Mason, Laura
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Animating Cartoons
AS.061.406 (01)

Animating Cartoons: This class will focus on character animation. Through weekly screenings of cartoons and animations and reading comics, the form will be analyzed in class discussions and short papers. Students will create their own hand drawn character and create an extensive story board for an animation involving their character. A scene will be chosen and a short hand-drawn animation from the storyboard will be created.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 3:50PM
  • Instructor: Yasinsky, Karen
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/9
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Left-Handed Endeavors: Crime Film
AS.061.329 (01)

A survey of primarily American, 20th century, popular crime film: hits, heists, cons, organized crime, crimes of passion, and other "left-handed form[s] of human endeavor." Oral presentation, short critical response (5 pp.), essay (12 pp.).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:20PM, S 7:00PM - 9:30PM Screenings, Th 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Bucknell, Lucy
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Characters for the Screenplay
AS.061.316 (01)

A workshop devoted to creating complex characters for the screen. Students will examine memorable film characters from the silent era to the present, with attention to how these characters are revealed through both the drama and the mise en scene. Weekly screenings. Short critical and creative written exercises and a longer, creative final project. Recommended Course Background: AS.061.148 OR AS.061.205 OR AS.061.265

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:20PM, M 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Bucknell, Lucy
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/9
  • PosTag(s): FILM-SCRWRT

Persistence of Vision: Time, Memory and the Past in Recent Global Cinema
AS.061.346 (01)

This course will examine the ways film represents, remakes, and re-visions cultural and personal memory in a range of recent national and international films, including those by Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almdódovar, Lee Chang-dong, Claire Denis, Joanna Hogg, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Terrence Malick, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christian Petzold, Sarah Polley, Hong Sang Soo, and Jia Zhangke.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:00PM - 3:20PM, T 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: DeLibero, Linda
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Introduction to Cinema, 1892-1941
AS.061.140 (01)

This course explores the fundamentals of film analysis and encourages students to embark on an exploration of the first half of our first century of movies. It teaches the basic elements of film form, as well as their use in films across the globe from the turn of the twentieth century through the start of World War II. Movements discussed include the silent comedy of Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, moody German Expressionism, the playful anarchy of Surrealism, the fundamentals of editing with Soviet Montage, the beauty of French poetic realism, the rule-breaking of Pre-Production Code cinema, the work of the young Alfred Hitchcock, and, of course, highlights of classical Hollywood filmmaking. $50 lab fee.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 2:30PM Screenings, W 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Ward, Meredith C
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/36
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Representing the Holocaust
AS.211.333 (01)

How has the Holocaust been represented in literature and film? Are there special challenges posed by genocide to the traditions of visual and literary representation? Where does the Holocaust fit in to the array of concerns that the visual arts and literature express? And where do art and literature fit in to the commemoration of communal tragedy and the working through of individual trauma entailed by thinking about and representing the Holocaust? These questions will guide our consideration of a range of texts — nonfiction, novels, poetry — in Yiddish, German, English, French and other languages (including works by Primo Levi and Isaac Bashevis Singer), as well as films from French documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters (including films by Alain Resnais, Claude Lanzmann, and Steven Spielberg). All readings in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Spinner, Samuel Jacob
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, GRLL-ENGL

Cinema and Philosophy
AS.300.399 (01)

Do movies have anything to say about philosophical problems? Why is contemporary philosophy so interested in cinema? What are the most productive ways of bringing films and philosophy into conversation?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Marrati, Paola
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Cinema of Revolution
AS.300.343 (01)

This course examines global political revolutions through cinema and the ways in which cinema helped to make political revolutions. Early cinema was intimately intertwined with the Russian revolution, and Russian revolutionary cinema had a profound impact on the ways in which media was used for revolutionary purposes through the 20th century and around the world. Students will be introduced to films from a number of different countries, and the history and context of their production and reception. They will also learn methods of film analysis and produce their own video essay.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Eakin Moss, Anne
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Religious Themes in Film and Literature
AS.211.480 (01)

This course would be of interest to anyone who would like to learn about the intersection of religion and modern culture. At the center of the course will stand a close study of the representation of religious themes and their role in modern literature and cinema. The works which we will deal with are not considered religious and yet they include religious themes as part of their narrative, images, language or symbolic meaning. We will trace in various works from various countries and genre, themes such as: divine justice, providence, creation, revelation, the apocalypse, prophecy, sacrifice and religious devotion. We will also study the ways in which Biblical and New Testament stories and figures are represented in these works. The course will have a comparative nature with the aim of learning more about the differences between the literary and cinematic representations.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.061.154 (01)Lights, Camera, Action: BogartTh 5:00PM - 8:00PMBucknell, Lucy 
AS.061.145 (01)Introduction to Digital Video Production: Visual LanguageW 3:30PM - 5:50PM, T 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsYasinsky, Karen FILM-PROD
AS.061.218 (01)Modernist Literature and FilmTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStine, Kyle J. FILM-CRITST
AS.061.267 (01)Cultural History of the InternetM 2:00PM - 4:20PMStine, Kyle J. FILM-CRITST
AS.061.226 (01)Special Topics: Writing About FilmT 2:00PM - 4:20PM, M 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsMason, Laura FILM-CRITST
AS.061.406 (01)Animating CartoonsM 1:30PM - 3:50PMYasinsky, Karen FILM-CRITST
AS.061.329 (01)Left-Handed Endeavors: Crime FilmM 3:00PM - 5:20PM, S 7:00PM - 9:30PM Screenings, Th 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsBucknell, Lucy FILM-CRITST
AS.061.316 (01)Characters for the ScreenplayT 3:00PM - 5:20PM, M 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsBucknell, Lucy FILM-SCRWRT
AS.061.346 (01)Persistence of Vision: Time, Memory and the Past in Recent Global CinemaTh 1:00PM - 3:20PM, T 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsDeLibero, Linda FILM-CRITST
AS.061.140 (01)Introduction to Cinema, 1892-1941MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 2:30PM Screenings, W 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsWard, Meredith C 
AS.211.333 (01)Representing the HolocaustW 1:30PM - 4:00PMSpinner, Samuel Jacob INST-GLOBAL, GRLL-ENGL
AS.300.399 (01)Cinema and PhilosophyMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMMarrati, Paola 
AS.300.343 (01)The Cinema of RevolutionT 3:00PM - 5:30PMEakin Moss, Anne INST-GLOBAL
AS.211.480 (01)Religious Themes in Film and LiteratureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStahl, Neta