*FILM 207 LITERATURE AND FILM (4 credits)Introduces film analysis skills that focus on technical details of the cinematic medium, and how they influence narration, character and theme. Highlights important topics in film and literary theory and analyzes the functions and forms of film as a medium in comparison to other forms of media that use words. Appropriate for first year students. Also listed as ENG 207. (WI) (AY)
FILM 215 INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES (4 credits) Introduces film analysis skills that focus on technical details of the cinematic medium, and how they influence narration, character and theme. Highlights important topics in film history and film theory. Prerequisite: Earlham Seminar. Offered once every three years.
FILM 243 ISLAM AND FILM (4 credits) This course explores Islam as portrayed in selected films, most from regions with a historically significant Muslim population, and some from the West. Through the films and readings students will explore gay and lesbian life in various Muslim countries, women’s roles in Afghanistan under the Taliban, relationships between historically Muslim countries and the West, tensions between Muslim, non-Muslim culture in India and Pakistan, and more. Prerequisite: Earlham Seminar. Also listed as REL 243.
*FILM 252 PHILOSOPHY AND FILM THEORY (4 credits) Investigates the relationship between philosophical ideas and visual narratives. Examines the philosophical foundations of various theories of film and interprets visual narratives in terms of philosophical ideas. Prerequisite: Earlham Seminar. Also listed as PHIL 252. (WI)
*FILM 299 RELIGION AND CULTURE OF HIP HOP (4 credits) Bringing to bear written texts, music, film and other media sources, this course explores the definition and moral significance of Hip Hop as a religious and cultural phenomenon within popular culture. Specific issues explored in this course include the syncretism of religious symbols and sensibilities in Hip Hop; the racial, ethnic, sex-gendered, and class dynamics of Hip Hop; as well as the language and aesthetics of Hip Hop. Also listed as AAAS 299 and REL 299. (D-D)
FILM 300 TOPICS IN FILM STUDIES (3-4 credits) Topics determined by the instructor might consider particular filmmakers or cinematic movements as well as interdisciplinary or thematic concerns. May be taken more than once with different topic. Prerequisite: ENG 207 or FILM 215 or consent of the instructor.
*FILM 330 POSTCOLONIAL THEORY (4 credits) A study of selected topics in Postcolonial Theory. Investigates the philosophical presuppositions of these topics and the relationship between modern philosophy and European colonialism. Prerequisite: Earlham Seminar and one prior Philosophy course. Also listed as PAGS 330 and PHIL 330. (WI, D-I) (AY)
*FILM 342 JAPANESE CINEMA (3 credits) A survey of Japanese cinema from early films to anime, comparing the development of Japanese cinema with other national contexts. Develops analytical skills that focus on technical details of films and how they inflect narration, character and theme. Also listed as JPNS 342. (D-I)
*FILM 346 CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY GERMAN FILM (3 credits) Examines films in the historical and social contexts from the Expressionist period of the early 1920s to contemporary German cinema. Also looks at cinema as an art form and film style. Also listed as GER 346. (D-I) (AY)
FILM 349 NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY VIA FILM (3 credits)Examines a collection of contemporary films that seeks to enhance our understanding of real-world politics and major policy debates. Expands the view of movies as entertainment to deepen our understanding of politics, economics and culture. Also discusses the politics of film-making, seeking to understand why filmmakers choose political subjects. Also listed as POLS 349. (AY)
*FILM 356 TOPICS IN FILM STUDIES (3 credits)Studies the development of movies and movie-making in the Hispanic world. Topics vary. Students may take this course more than once with a different topic. Prerequisite: Placement or consent of the instructor. Also listed as SPAN 356. (D-I)
FILM 382 ARTISTS IN FILM (3 credits)Movies about artists are a genre like any other — there are some beautiful examples, some dreadful ones and many in between. This course will examine the ways in which artists are and have been pictured to the movie-going public. It will not be limited to visual artists only, and it will not necessarily be limited to biopics of actual artists — there are many good films about fictional artists. Also listed as ART 382. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above, Earlham Seminar I.