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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Navigating the Entertainment Industry: A Preparation for Intersession
AS.061.103 (01)

This course prepares students for FMS’s Intersession field trip to Los Angeles, and also serves as an introduction to the professional skills necessary to navigate a career in film, television, and other fields of entertainment. Through discussion, hands-on practice, and guest lectures with FMS alumni, students will learn how to find their way in a complex industry, how to present themselves and their work, how to choose the right path, and how to cultivate the connections and opportunities they’ll need to succeed. We will also discuss what to expect and how to make the most of the week-long intersession course, which introduces students to alumni in a range of professions in film, television, and entertainment. Meets 6 times during the semester. Required for students planning to enroll in The Entertainment Industry in Contemporary Hollywood. Open to all FMS majors and minors.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: DeLibero, Linda (Linda)
  • Room: Gilman 77  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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.

  • 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: Hodson 305 Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/35
  • 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.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 3:30PM - 5:50PM, T 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Yasinsky, Karen (Karen)
  • Room:   Gilman 75
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): FILM-PROD

Lights, Camera, Action: The Female Gaze
AS.061.166 (01)

This mini-course will offer an introduction to the basics of film analysis through a survey of films directed by women. In-class screenings and emphasis on discussion over lecture. Short weekly written responses. No prior experience in film studies required; non-majors welcome. This one-credit course will meet September 2, 9, 16, 23, 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: 13/55
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Special Topics: Animation Workshop
AS.061.219 (01)

Students will produce several animations using hand-made techniques, including drawing animation, paper puppets and stop-motion. Screenings and readings will provide a historical and conceptual context to the exploration of animation as an experimental technique within both narrative and non-narrative works.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 3:50PM
  • Instructor: Yasinsky, Karen (Karen)
  • Room: The Centre 216  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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

In this workshop, students will learn to write effective and engaging critical and analytical essays about contemporary and classic films, developing and honing interpretive skills, aesthetic criteria, and a distinctive voice. This semester’s readings, films and discussions will specifically explore film acting, performance and stardom over time and across cultures. Students will submit a series of short draft essays to the class for workshop and critique, learning to revise and edit their own work and to thoughtfully critique others’. Fulfills the Film and Media Studies expository writing requirement. Lab Fee: $50

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:20PM, Th 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: DeLibero, Linda (Linda)
  • Room:   Hodson 303
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/8
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Hybrid Cinema: Spaces Where Documentary and Fiction Meet
AS.061.240 (01)

From the films of Robert Flaherty, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda and Andy Warhol, through the work of Peter Watkins, Ulrich Seidl, Jia Zhangke, Lizzie Borden, Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiarostami, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloé Zhao, this course explores the dominant techniques, the aberrations, and the virtues and limitations of hybrid filmmaking. Topics discussed include the ethics of representation, the significance of craft, questions of selection, narrative hegemony, the nature of performance, and the porous boundaries between documentary and fiction film. Students will be guided in their own hybrid filmmaking experiments throughout the semester.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 12:00PM - 2:30PM
  • Instructor: Porterfield, Matthew
  • Room: The Centre 206  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/10
  • 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: The Centre 208  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/30
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST, MSCH-HUM

The Fallen World: Morally Complex Storytelling
AS.061.312 (01)

A workshop devoted to creating complex characters in challenging moral landscapes. Students will view and discuss a wide range of films; and creative assignments may include profiles, short fiction, monologues, and dramatic scenes for the screen. Short critical and creative written exercises, and a longer, creative final project.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:20PM, M 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Bucknell, Lucy
  • Room: Gilman 50 Hodson 311
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/9
  • PosTag(s): FILM-SCRWRT

Masculinities
AS.061.323 (01)

From tap dancer to gangster, assassin to anguished teen, versions of the male in film from the silent era to the present. Cross-listed with Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. One core course in Film and Media Studies is preferred but not required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM, S 7:00PM - 9:30PM Screenings, Th 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Bucknell, Lucy
  • Room: Bloomberg 178 Gilman 186
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Explorations in Film Sound
AS.061.382 (01)

This course traces the history of the soundtrack from Vitaphone at the coming of sound to Dolby Stereo in the New Hollywood era to the fully immersive, atmospheric sound systems of today’s cinemas and home theaters. We consider major theories on the relationship between sound and image, the production of sound space, the role of the voice in cinema, and the effects of film music. Assignments will engage with the materials through both analytical reflection and short creative sound production. Screenings and examples are likely to include early sound classics, such as Sunrise (1927) and 42nd Street (1933); notable international innovators, such as The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) and A Man Escaped (1956); pathbreaking stereo entries, such as Fantasia (1940) and Apocalypse Now (1979); recent exemplars of film music, such as In the Mood for Love (2000) and Morvern Callar (2002); and films that reflect on the very nature of sound recording, such as The Conversation (1974) and The Lives of Others (2006).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 2:00PM - 4:30PM, W 7:30PM - 10:00PM Screenings
  • Instructor: Stine, Kyle J.
  • Room:   Hodson 303
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): FILM-CRITST

Cinema and Philosophy
AS.300.399 (01)

What do films and philosophy have in common? Do films express, with their own means, philosophical problems that are relevant to our experience of ourselves and the world we live in? This term we will study such issues with a particular focus on questions of justice, truth, revenge, forgiveness, hope, hate, and fear.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Marrati, Paola, Meyer, Marshall (Marshall)
  • Room: Gilman 75  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Documentary Photography in a Changing China
AS.310.210 (01)

This course aims to inspire students to explore the impacts, meanings, and explanations of social transformation in contemporary China, via the lens of documentary photography. The photographic images of selective topics will include the products of photojournalism and documentary photography, and several documentary films, by both Chinese and non-Chinese photographers. While one picture is worth thousand words, one picture may also provoke countless interpretations. Students are strongly encouraged to read broadly about different aspects of social transformations in contemporary China, and to select and curate their own subjects of photo images. The spirit of comparative study of documentary photography of China and other parts of world will be strongly encouraged. Active class participation is imperative. A small exhibition on the campus will be organized by the Spring semester. The course is designed for upper division undergraduates. Cross-listed with Sociology and International Studies (CP).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: He, Gaochao
  • Room: Hodson 313  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/19
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.061.103 (01)Navigating the Entertainment Industry: A Preparation for IntersessionW 6:00PM - 7:00PMDeLibero, Linda (Linda)Gilman 77
 
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 CHodson 305
Hodson 311
AS.061.145 (01)Introduction to Digital Video Production: Visual LanguageW 3:30PM - 5:50PM, T 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsYasinsky, Karen (Karen) 
Gilman 75
FILM-PROD
AS.061.166 (01)Lights, Camera, Action: The Female GazeTh 5:00PM - 8:00PMBucknell, Lucy 
 
AS.061.219 (01)Special Topics: Animation WorkshopM 1:30PM - 3:50PMYasinsky, Karen (Karen)The Centre 216
 
AS.061.226 (01)Special Topics: Writing About FilmT 3:00PM - 5:20PM, Th 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsDeLibero, Linda (Linda) 
Hodson 303
FILM-CRITST
AS.061.240 (01)Hybrid Cinema: Spaces Where Documentary and Fiction MeetT 12:00PM - 2:30PMPorterfield, MatthewThe Centre 206
 
FILM-CRITST
AS.061.267 (01)Cultural History of the InternetM 2:00PM - 4:20PMStine, Kyle J.The Centre 208
 
FILM-CRITST, MSCH-HUM
AS.061.312 (01)The Fallen World: Morally Complex StorytellingT 3:00PM - 5:20PM, M 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsBucknell, LucyGilman 50
Hodson 311
FILM-SCRWRT
AS.061.323 (01)MasculinitiesM 3:00PM - 5:30PM, S 7:00PM - 9:30PM Screenings, Th 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsBucknell, LucyBloomberg 178
Gilman 186
FILM-CRITST
AS.061.382 (01)Explorations in Film SoundW 2:00PM - 4:30PM, W 7:30PM - 10:00PM ScreeningsStine, Kyle J. 
Hodson 303
FILM-CRITST
AS.300.399 (01)Cinema and PhilosophyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMMarrati, Paola, Meyer, Marshall (Marshall)Gilman 75
 
AS.310.210 (01)Documentary Photography in a Changing ChinaM 1:30PM - 4:00PMHe, GaochaoHodson 313
 
INST-CP