Fall 2014 Course Offerings and Descriptions

Swarthmore College
Department of Film and Media Studies
Fall 2014 Courses

FMST 001. Introduction to Film and Media Studies
Provides groundwork for further study in the discipline and is recommended before taking additional FMST courses. Introduces students to concepts, theories, and histories of film and other moving-image media, treating cinema as a dominant representational system that shapes other media forms. Topics include the formal analysis of image and sound, aesthetics, historiography, genres, authorship, issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and nation, economics, technology, and reception and audience studies. Emphasis is on developing writing, analytical, and research skills. Required weekly evening screenings of works from diverse periods, countries, and traditions.
White. 1.0 Credit Course TR 9:55am - 11:10am Film Screening T 7:00pm - 10:00pm

FMST 013. Advanced Production: Experimental Animation
This course is an introduction to analog and digital animation concepts and techniques and includes workshops on cut-out animation, stop-motion, and hybrid computer based forms using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. The course emphasizes technical and aesthetic experimentation, with the goal of developing a personal vision through the creation of high-quality, experimental works. Through reading, discussion, and exposure to a variety of artistic practices within film, video art, and animation, the course promotes a critical understanding of these media. The class concludes with a public screening of final projects. 
Prerequisites: FMST 01 and FMST 02 or permission of the instructor. Students with knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and strong drawing skills are encouraged to contact instructor.
Cho. 1.0 Credit Workshop TR 11:20am - 12:35pm Film Screening T 7:00pm - 10:00pm

FMST 035. Histories of Water
(Cross-listed as HIST 061)
This course explores the cultural, social, and political history of water with a focus upon formative events and cultural processes. Throughout, we will examine the different ways in which the history of water can be plotted into the histories of states, cultures, institutional practices, and social ideologies.
Cho and Azfar. 1.0 Credit Course TR 2:40pm - 3:55pm Film Screening R 7:00pm - 10:00pm

FMST 046. Queer Media
(Cross-listed as GSST 020 and ENGL 090)
The history of avant-garde and experimental media has been intertwined with that of gender non-conformity and sexual dissidence, and even the most mainstream media forms have been "queered" by subcultural reception. How do lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (lgbt) filmmakers queer sexual norms and standard media forms? How are sexual identities mediated by popular culture? Challenging classic Hollywood's heterosexual presumption and mass media appropriations of lgbt culture, we will examine lgbt aesthetic strategies and modes of address in contexts such as the American and European avant-gardes, AIDS activism, and transnational and diasporan film through the lens of queer theory. 
Eligible for GSST or INTP credit.
White. 1.0 Credit Course W 1:15pm - 4:00pm Film Screening M 7:00pm - 10:00pm

FMST 052. Postwar France: French New Wave
(Cross-listed as LITR 073F)
We will focus on French novels and films as they reflect, reinforce, and critique French society from the early 1950s thorough the end of the 1960s. We will study these texts in relation to modernization, decolonization, and the growing discontent of youth culture in the 1960s. Close readings will allow us to draw conclusions about the relationship of new cultural and social movements - postwar consumer culture, radical political movements, and the women's movement - to France and French society. (Writers and directors include Lefebvre, Godard, Truffaut, Melville, Etcherelli, Rochefort, Varda, Akerman).
Yervasi. 1.0 Credit Course TR 1:15pm - 2:30pm Film Screening W 7:00pm - 10:00pm

FMST 055. Contemporary Chinese Cinema
(Cross-listed as CHIN 055)

Cinema has become a special form of cultural mirror representing social dynamics and drastic changes in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan since the mid-1980s. The course will develop a better understanding of changing Chinese culture by analyzing cinematic texts and the new wave in the era of globalization.
Kong. 1.0 Credit Course TR 1:15pm - 2:30pm