Kid’s Media Cultures
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Text and Adaptation: Literature and Film of Social Change
Literature and watch films that have been influential in support of social movements in the US, from abolitionism to #MeToo.
Children’s Literature in Print and Film
Modern British and American children’s literature and film adaptations of that literature produced in the 20th and 21st centuries.
History of Film III
The history of contemporary world cinema, beginning with the rise of the Hollywood blockbuster in the ‘80s through today.
M Hybrid, W 12:30-1:50
Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most innovative, and influential, directors in film history. We’ll look at many of his iconic films.
Film Genre: The Western
Few genres have captured the imagination of the 20th-century viewer as did the Western. The course will then focus on the classical era of the genre (covering 1939 through the 1950s).
German Cinema in English Translation II
Study of German film since World War II. Includes a variety of cinematic responses to the war and the Nazi past, as well as films of the “New German Cinema” and others.
Video and Film Production
Continued exploration of a variety of methods of video and filmmaking using digital equipment and nonlinear editing software, focusing on lighting and sound techniques to produce larger team productions. Prerequisite: 50:965:125 or permission of instructor.