Recent topics have included Public Relations, International Media, Family Communication, Conflict Resolution, American Theatre and the Vietnam War, Human Communication Theory, American Film and Culture and Writing for Stage, Screen and TV. This course number may be repeated for credit with different topics.
Current Semester InformationKevin Howley
401A: Tps:Big Screen,Small Box
Tps:Big Screen, Small Box: Inside the Film & Television Industries
This course is a critical examination of the film and television industries. Through a variety of sources, including films and TV programs about film and television production, this course analyzes these industries from social, economic, political and cultural perspectives. Scholarly and popular press readings cover a number of issues including the creative process, film and television audiences, questions of media ownership and control, movie "magic," and the nature of stardom.
401B: Tps:Film Theory
What is cinema? This seemingly simple question will be the primary focus of this upper-level seminar on film theory because it has consistently inspired great debate about the medium since its emergence. Indeed, many critics argue that an interrogation of the essence of cinema has only become more salient in the digital age, as the ways that films are now constructed, distributed, viewed, interpreted, and discussed have both dramatically changed and remained remarkably similar amidst the advent of new media technologies. As this example begins to suggest, scholarly examinations of the meaning of cinema are often centered on two ostensibly contradictory concerns: the medium's specificity and its connections to other arts and modes of communication. Consequently, this class will survey a number of the most influential classic and contemporary writings on cinema to help us gain a better understanding of how the medium is distinct as well as related to other forms of expression, social institutions, and cultural practices.