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Minor Concentration World Cinemas (18 credits)

Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration World Cinemas instructs students in film aesthetics, history, and theory by acquainting them with cinematic practices from different national and international traditions. This interdisciplinary program draws on the already existing teaching and research activities in several departments within the Faculty of Arts and will serve as an institutional context for future teaching and research endeavors in film studies.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • ENGL 277 Introduction to Film Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to key concepts in film studies. Exemplary works from the history of film will be studied to introduce students to such topics as the aesthetics of film; sound's production of meaning; film as narrative; film and genre; period and national cinemas; film's role in culture.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Derek Nystrom (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Cultural Studies Major and Honours program students.
  • FILM 279 Introduction to Film History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    World Cinemas : An introduction to representative periods, movements and styles in the history of cinema, as well as questions of film historiography.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Yuriko Furuhata, Ara Osterweil (Winter)

    • Expected enrolment: 175 students. Language of instruction: English.

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits selected from the course list below with the following specifications:

a minimum of 6 credits in non-U.S. cinemas;
a maximum of 6 credits from any one department.

No more than 6 credits may be taken from the same discipline as the student's other major or minor concentrations.

  • CANS 300 Topics in Canadian Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Institute for Study of Canada (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Canadian Studies : An interdisciplinary course on a Canadian Studies topic.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kenneth Wayne Dryden (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: CANS 200 or permission of instructor
  • EAST 214 Japanese Animation & New Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Animation and new media in Japan, with an emphasis on postwar developments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • EAST 216 Chinese Action Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : The study of the Chinese-language action film, with an emphasis on Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan cinemas. Topics will include: the historical development of martial arts film, the relation between traditional Chinese art forms and action film, and the formation of transnational cinemas and audiences.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Note: Course is given in English.
  • EAST 353 Approaches to Chinese Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Development of Chinese film in the 20th century, with an emphasis on both critical approaches to film as well as film history.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ho Lok Victor Fan (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: EAST 211.
  • EAST 362 Japanese Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : This course will study the development of film in Japan during the 20th century with a particular focus on the analysis of film form, genres and history.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Yuriko Furuhata (Fall)

  • EAST 368 Chinese Cinema Meets Hollywood (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : This course examines the industrial, stylistic, and sociopolitical interactions between Chinese cinema and Hollywood from 1927 to the present. We study the historical and contemporary negotiations between Chinese and Hollywood studios and independents in areas such as representation, stylistic borrowings, marketing, financing, outsourcing, branding, coproduction, and mutual interference.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • EAST 369 Topics in Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : In this course, we examine contesting notions of gender, sexuality, femininity, and masculinity in Chinese cinema. We study how individual films negotiate the social discourses on gender and sexual representation, identities, and performance, and how we may borrow conceptual frameworks from queer theories and histories at large to discuss them.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • EAST 454 Topics: Chinese Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Advanced seminar in selected themes and issues in Chinese film.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ho Lok Victor Fan (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: EAST 353, a 300-level film studies course, or permission of the instructor.
  • EAST 467 Topics: Japanese Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Topics in the study of Japanese cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: EAST 214, EAST 362 or permission of the instructor.
  • EAST 564 Structures of Modernity: Japan (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : This course explores relations between some of the principal sites which structure the experience of "modernity" in Japan (and elsewhere) - from bodies and cities, to the urban context in general. Along with general approaches (e.g. the idea of everyday life; questions of time), specific topics may include speed, music, architecture, crime, etc.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Yuriko Furuhata (Winter)

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): Any East Asian Studies course above the introductory level, or permission of the instructor
  • ENGL 279 Introduction to Film as Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to film aesthetics, with emphasis on narrative, style and genre throughout the history of cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 280 Introduction to Film as Mass Medium (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to film's social, historical, and technological contexts, including its relationships to other mass media.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Students will be required to pay a screening fee.
  • ENGL 350 Studies in the History of Film 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Developments in proto-cinema and early cinema through the silent era.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 351 Studies in the History of Film 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Developments in the Hollywood Studio Era, including rivals, imitators, and alternatives.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Derek Nystrom (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 354 Sexuality and Representation (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Topics on representations of sexuality with reference to its cultural contexts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Priority will be given to English Major/Honours students in second year of program
  • ENGL 363 Studies in the History of Film 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Developments in post-1958 cinema, from the European New Waves to contemporary global and independent cinemas.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ara Osterweil (Fall)

  • ENGL 366 Film Genre (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A discussion of an individual genre of cinema; concept of genre.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 374 Film Movement or Period (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of a significant movement or period in film history.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Edward Schantz (Fall)

  • ENGL 379 Film Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Topics in film studies. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 381 A Film-Maker 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Studies in the history of film: the works of a major director. Topic varies each year.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Paula Derdiger (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major programs
  • ENGL 382 International Cinema 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of a significant national cinema, or a thematic, formal, and/or historical study of film in an international context.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 385 Topics in Literature and Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of selected topics in literature and film. Topics vary by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 391 Special Topics: Cultural Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Current issues in cultural studies. Topics will include contemporary debates on high culture and the literary canon, and the question of aesthetic value and aesthetic judgment.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Fall)

    • Fall
  • ENGL 393 Canadian Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of Canadian cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 450 Film Aesthetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Theories of the formal, stylistic, and expressive dimensions of film art.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 451 A Period in Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : In-depth examination of a significant historical period in cinema's development, early silent era to present.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 476 Alternative Approaches to Media 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of alternative uses of contemporary media with particular emphasis on the forms of independent video and community television and their relationship to mainstream television and film.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Workshop course. Departmental permission required
  • ENGL 479 Philosophy of Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Philosophical approaches to and topics in the study of cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 480 Studies in History of Film 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Studies in the history of film.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 481 A Film-Maker 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Studies in the history of film.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Permission of instructor required
  • ENGL 482 International Cinema 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Intensive study of a particular tradition or movement in international cinema.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ENGL 483 Seminar in the Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts)

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 484 Seminar in the Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : In-depth study of specific topics related to the film, which vary from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Permission of instructor required
  • ENGL 488 Special Topics / Communications and Mass Media 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An advanced seminar in varying themes in communications for students in their final year of the Cultural Studies program.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Derek Nystrom (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major programs.
  • ENGL 492 Image and Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of the relationship between verbal and visual aspects of a range of cultural artifacts. Topics may include iconography; illuminated manuscripts; book illustrations; cartoons and caricature.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ENGL 585 Cultural Studies: Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Advanced study of a specific topic in film.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • FREN 310 Cinéma français 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: French Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    French (Arts) : Rétrospective du cinéma français depuis ses origines jusqu'à la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Alain Farah (Winter)

  • FREN 311 Cinéma français 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: French Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    French (Arts) : Le cinéma français d'après-guerre.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • FREN 315 Cinéma québécois (3 credits)

    Offered by: French Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    French (Arts) : Étude thématique du cinéma québécois à travers ses principaux films.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • GERM 357 German Culture in European Context (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : A comparative examination of selected moments in German literary, artistic and cultural history in relation to broader European movements; focus on influences, exchanges and dialogues across national boundaries.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Tove Holmes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Course given in English
    • Prerequisite: A culture or literature course at the 200 or 300 level
  • GERM 369 German Cinema from 1895 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Historical survey of German film from 1895 to the present. Movements and periods covered include Wilhelmine cinema, expressionism, Nazi cinema, New German Cinema and post-wall film. Filmmakers include Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, Leni Riefenstahl, R.W. Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Tom Tykwer and Fatih Akin.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Given in English
  • GERM 370 Special Topics in German Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Intensive study of selected topics and periods in German film history.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • HISP 340 Spanish-American Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Hispanic Studies (Arts) : A study of representative films, directors and movements of the region. Topic specified by instructor.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Successful completion of any Survey of Literature (HISP 241, HISP 242, HISP 243, HISP 244) or permission of the instructor.
  • HISP 341 Spanish Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Hispanic Studies (Arts) : A study of representative films, directors and movements of the region. Topic specified by instructor.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Successful completion of any Survey of Literature (HISP 241, HISP 242, HISP 243, HISP 244) or permission of the instructor.
  • ITAL 329 Contemporary Italian Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Contemporary Italian films in original language. Films are examined from a wide historical and cultural perspective. Introduction to issues and preoccupations central to contemporary Italy and rooted in the Italian cultural tradition.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Mauro Sassi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ITAL 210D1/D2, ITAL 215D1/D2 or ITAL 216
    • Note: Course taught in Italian
  • ITAL 374 Classics of Italian Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Key works in the history of Italian cinema; an in-depth analysis of a few exceptional works; emphasis on the complex web of relationship connecting each work to a wide range of cultural products and expressions, from literature to popular culture, in Italy and internationally.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Eugenio Bolongaro (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Note: Course taught in English.
  • ITAL 375 Cinema and Society in Modern Italy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A survey of the most important trends in post-war Italian cinema seen in the context of the rapidly and dramatically evolving society of modern Italy.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • ITAL 477 Italian Cinema and Video (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Different Italian film maker or videomaker every year, presenting a selection of his/her significant works. Discussions will include script analysis, interviews, articles and books by the director in focus, in addition to theoretical and critical statements by scholars. Established and new directors will be considered alternately.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Eugenio Bolongaro (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Given in English
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ITAL 377
  • MUHL 330 Music and Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music History and Literature : The modern genre of music for films, and its changing styles (symphonic, jazz, pop compilation) from the silent era to today. Includes study of major film composers in North America and other traditions; analysis of the role of music in cinematic narrative, expression and symbolism.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lloyd Whitesell (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: MUHL 184 and MUHL 185 and MUTH 211 OR MUCO 240D1/D2 and MUSP 231 OR MUHL 286 and MUTH 250 and MUSP 241
  • PLAI 500 Advanced Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Inst Public Life-Arts & Ideas (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    PLAI : Co-taught seminar will use and explore a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to interdisciplinary research in the humanities in the study of a selected cultural problem or topic, text, artwork, aesthetic or medium.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Minimum U3 status with a background in humanities scholarship
    • See http://www.mcgill.ca/iplai/courses/ for details on current teaching faculty and course topics.
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