Minor Concentration World Cinemas (18 credits)

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

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 2017

    Instructors: Edward Schantz (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 2018

    Instructors: Thomas Lamarre (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 historical explanation of the Canadian experience of nationalism from the Patriotes to the First Nations, with reference to politics, economics, iconography, ideology and multicultural experience.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: CANS 200 or permission of instructor

  • 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Brian Bergstrom (Winter)

  • EAST 361 Animation and New Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Thomas Lamarre (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken EAST 214.

  • 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Yuriko Furuhata (Winter)

  • EAST 368 Asian Genre Cinemas (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : This course explores the historical and aesthetic dimensions of Asian genre cinemas in a regional framework, in relation to varied social and cultural phenomena. Genres explored include the gangster film, martial arts action, horror, revenge, melodrama, period drama, and documentary.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 Asian cinema and media. We study how individual works 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • EAST 564 Structures of Modernity: Asia (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 Asia (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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain (Winter)

    • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Edward Schantz (Winter)

  • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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) : Studies in the history of film by period or nation. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Alanna Michael Thain, Monica Popescu (Winter)

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

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A topic in literature and film. Topics vary by year.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Berkeley Kaite (Winter)

    • 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: Summer 2018

    Instructors: Josie Barth (Summer)

    • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Casey McCormick (Fall)

    • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ENGL 483 Seminar in the Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : In-depth study of a topic related to film. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Edward Schantz (Winter)

    • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 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: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Sean Carney (Fall)

    • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

  • FILM 499 Internship: World Cinemas (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    World Cinemas : Internship with an approved host institution or organization.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Giuliana Minghelli (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): Permission of the World Cinemas Program Chair.

    • Restriction(s): Open to U2 and U3 B.A. students in World Cinemas after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96-120 credit program, a minimum CGPA of 3.2.

    • This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses. Students register in the Fall semester for Summer internships.

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Alain Farah (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Course given in English

    • Prerequisite: A culture or literature course at the 200 or 300 level

  • GERM 369 The German Novel (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Sustained engagement with the major texts of the German novel from Grimmelshausen to the present.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • GERM 373 Weimar German Cinema (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Weimar Cinema brought to the screen a world populated by monsters, lunatics, workers, vamps, strangers, and doubles. These figures embodied the tensions and fears of the Weimar period (1919-1933) in a manner that continues to attract audiences today. This course explores the cultural and political history of the Weimar period through Weimar cinema. It aims to introduce the student to the fundamentals of film analysis, especially formal analysis and textual analysis.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • HISP 340 Spanish-American Cinema (3 credits)

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Amanda Holmes (Fall)

  • HISP 341 Spanish Cinema (3 credits)

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jesus Perez-Magallon (Winter)

  • HIST 435 Topics in South Asian History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : In-depth discussion and research on a topic in the history of South Asia.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Subho Basu (Fall)

  • ITAL 329 Italian Cinematic Tradition (3 credits)

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: ITAL250 or above, from amongst courses taught in Italian or permission of Department.

    • Note: Course taught in Italian

  • ITAL 374 Classics of Italian Cinema (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Note: Course taught in English.

  • ITAL 375 Cinema and Society in Modern Italy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Giuliana Minghelli (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • ITAL 477 Italian Cinema and Video (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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 2018

    Instructors: Eugenio Bolongaro (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Given in English

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ITAL 377

  • LLCU 200 Topics in Film (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    LLCU : This seminar focuses on a special topic in European and/or transatlantic film and visual culture.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • LLCU 300 Cinema and the Visual (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    LLCU : This seminar examines topics in European and/or transatlantic cinema and visual culture, including film theory, aesthetics and historiography; media archeology; cinema and the digital; film and philosophy; cultural histories of the cinema; and approaches to moving images.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Giuliana Minghelli (Winter)

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • 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: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Roberta Lentz (Fall) Jennifer C Burman (Winter)

    • 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.

  • RUSS 213 Introduction to Soviet Film (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course aims to familiarize undergraduates with the topics, figures, and concerns of Soviet film history. Students will watch and analyze films by Soviet directors including Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov, Kira Muratova, Larisa Shepitko, and many others in the context of their historical periods, movements, and writings. Students will learn to analyze images and cinematic techniques, as well as assess their historical, ideological, and cultural significance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Offered in English.

  • RUSS 395 Soviet Cinema: Art and Politics (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course explores the relationship between art and politics in the cinema of the Soviet Union. Students taking this course will gain a familiarity with the films and writings of Soviet directors. They will also learn the basics of formal, textual, and historical film analysis.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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