Fall 2018Winter 2019Spring 2019Summer 2019Fall 2019

Fall 2018

Texts and Film
TTh 3:35-4:55

50 354:201:40
The Art of Film


Film Genre: Crime


Eurpoean History on Film
MW 3:45-5:50

America in the 50’s

TTh 2:00-3:20

Intro to Film and Video

TTh 11:10-12:30

Acting for Film

M 12:30-3:20

Winter 2019

Texts and Film Adaptations: Roald Dahl

Children’s Literature in Print and Film

Romantic Comedy

Special Topics in German Cinema: World War II in German Film


Spring 2019

Children’s Literature Film, Media and Animation

History of Film I

Special Topics in Film: Rich and Poor in Western Culture
TTh 6:00-7:20

Film Genre: Horror
MW 3:45-5:05

Advanced Video and Film Production
TTh 11:10-12:30


Summer 2019

Special Topics: Documentary Film

This course is an introduction to the history and theory of documentary film. Through readings and screenings, students will review and analyze the evolution of the documentary film genre and its modes. The course will also explore concepts that are central in documentary filmmaking, including ethical, legal, and artistic issues that are critical in non-fiction filmmaking. 

International Film of the 60’s and 70’s

The 1960s and 1970s were a time of upheaval in politics, and in American cinema was hugely influential globally.  American films also responded to innovations from European and other filmmakers. This course will track the process of cross-fertilization over a particularly important period.  We’ll watch great movies that everyone interested in film should know, like Godard’s “Blow Up” and Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.”  Class will “meet” on-line four days a week.  On-line discussion forums, quizzes, and two short response papers.  Fulfills the USW General Education category.  Counts toward the interdisciplinary film minor.  Fulfills the USW General Education category

Acting for Film
M,T,W,Th 10:50-1:30

A foundation course that introduces the basic concepts of acting for film and video. Emphasis is placed on an actor’s ability to understand technically, to artistically interpret, and to implement specific suggestions from the film director.  Fulfills the AAI General Education category. 

Acting for Film
M,T,W,Th 10:50-1:30

A foundation course that introduces the basic concepts of acting for film and video. Emphasis is placed on an actor’s ability to understand technically, to artistically interpret, and to implement specific suggestions from the film director.  Fulfills the AAI General Education category. 

Social Justice in Film

Movies and literature reflect and reproduce various aspects and views about our social life and the culture in which we live. These images and messages impact our thinking in meaningful and important ways. In this course, we focus on how films and literature craft images and concepts of social justice. To accomplish these tasks, we analyze movies and other stories about crime and the legal system, and how these depictions of justice relate to gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, and social class. Furthermore, we contrast relevant empirical evidence with the images and narratives of social justice portrayed in the films and write about their significance and impact.  Fulfills the DIV General Education category.

Fall 2019

Kid’s Media Cultures
MW 12:30-1:50

This course examines relationships between children, childhood and media from historical, cultural, social, political and psychological perspectives. Radio, film and television along with digital media and new technologies will be examined, as will certain types of print media. Coursework focuses on the ways in which media have and continue to be understood both as threatening to childhood and as liberating/empowering for children. The course will also explore extensions of kids’ media culture into everyday life (e.g., clothing, food, education) and the use of media by children. Students will be expected to conduct research on a topic relevant to course materials.

Special Topics: Detective/Crime Fiction and Film
M 6:00-8:50

Our course will use short texts and films/ videos/TV series to explore the evolution of detective-crime narratives. Our study will work chronologically, beginning in the mid-19th century with popular writer Edgar Allan Poe, often considered an originator of the detective short story. We will read short fiction featuring the famous Sherlock Holmes, view a contemporary BBC version of the Holmes-Watson duo, read some Agatha Christie, the influential British writer of many “whodunits,” and consider another well-known female sleuth, Nancy Drew. Our course will explore American “hard-boiled” detective fiction, along with the movie genre known as film noir, enabling us to read/view such classics as The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity. The last few weeks of the class will focus upon the graphic violence found in contemporary American crime fiction/film, TV series and video games, allowing us to talk about what this signifies in terms of American culture and identity. We will situate our works within their historical/cultural contexts, as we discuss issues of gender, race/ethnicity, class, and identity, asking questions do to with the “hero” figure, the American dream, investigative technology/forensics, the role of the femme fatale, and Black “Pimp Lit”/Blaxploitation films.  This course will be held on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County Community College.

Art of Film
TTh 11:10-12:30
Emud Mokhberi                    

Can film be art, and if so, how does that art manifest itself on the screen? This course is concerned with the fundamental aspects of cinematic technique, the understanding of which is necessary to answer that question. We will cover the various elements of mise-en-scéne, including narrative, cinematography, editing, and sound, and consider everything within the context of form. This course features an extensive screening component.  Course requirements: Weekly feature film viewing and one-page paper assignments, two quizzes and final analysis paper.  Fulfills the AAI General Education category. 

History of Film II
Matthew Sorrento

This course will survey world cinema from the end of World War II to the new millennium, with attention to developments in film style. We will begin with post-war works in the US and abroad, including Sunset Blvd (1950) and Ida Lupino’s The Hitchhiker (1953), and then focus on New Wave Cinemas of the 1960s and 1970s. With attention to emerging cinemas (Mexico, Iran), we will consider the developments through the 1990s, including African American film and women directors. Online discussions, bi-weekly tests, and one paper. 

Special Topics: Major Directors
MW 6:00-7:20        
Matthew Sorrento                                      

This course will explore the work of two auteurs of cinema, Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) and Roman Polanski (1933- ), who have developed similar but distinct filmmaking styles. Through close readings of their major works, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rosemary’s Baby, and Chinatown, and accompanying texts, students will investigate the development of each director’s style in relation to the “New Hollywood” movement of the 1960s and 70s and the scope of contemporary cinema. We will also analyze the filmmakers’ approach to genre – Film Noir, Science Fiction, the Horror Film – and literary adaptation – Macbeth, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange.  Class discussion, two papers, and two tests.  

German Cinema in English Translation I
TTh 2:00-3:00
John Farquhar

We will study early German cinema from the 1920s and 30s, in which Expressionism is the key artistic movement; films studied include The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, Nosferatu,The Blue Angel and M; we will then study two of the most famous propaganda movies produced during the Nazi period – Triumph of the Will and  Olympia. Finally, we will assess the renaissance of German cinema in the 1970s and early 80s by focusing on the work of two key directors – Werner Herzog and Rainer Fassbinder.  Taught entirely in English.  Fulfills the AAI General Education category.  Fulfills the GCM General Education category. 

United States from 1945 to Present
TTh 2:00-3:20
Janet Golden

The course examines the transformations of American life that followed World War II and focuses social movements, political shifts, war and peace, technological shifts, economic developments and changes in culture. A key component of the course involves analyzing films, television, and music as historical sources. Fulfills the USW General Education category. 

Introduction to Video and Film
Th 11:10-12:30
Robert Emmons

Exploration and survey of a variety of methods of video production and filmmaking using digital equipment and nonlinear editing to produce a range of films.  Fulfills the AAI General Education category.