Communication And Culture | AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA
C190 | 1140 | Hawkins


CMCL C190 FULFILLS ARTS AND HUMANITIES DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS FOR COAS
(AHLA), BUS, JOUR, AND MOST OTHER SCHOOLS.  IT IS ALSO A PREREQUISITE FOR
MANY UPPER DIVISION MEDIA COURSES

In our intensely visual culture, it has become increasingly important to
go beyond passive viewing, to become informed spectators aware of how the
media work.  This course is designed to teach students how to
recognize and analyze the way in which the artistic and technical
components involved in film,TV, and video production (lighting, editing,
cinematography, sound) affect the way meaning is made onscreen. Throughout
the course, we encourage the mastery of terminology--a first step toward
visual literacy--as well as the ability to analyze films and videos
closely, relating their style to their meaning.  C190 is designed for a
wide range of student interests.  It should interest the student who is
intrigued by the cinema and simply wants to learn more about it, as well
as students who wish to emphasize the media in their studies at IU, or
prepare for a career in filmmaking. Screenings will include film classics
like Charlie Chaplin's MODERN TIMES, Orson Welles' CITIZEN KANE, and John
Huston's THE MALTESE FALCON; the famous French New Wave film,BREATHLESS;
the musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and the documentary THIN BLUE LINE; as
well as TV shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE,BURNS AND ALLEN,and HOMICIDE:LIFE
ON THE STREET. We'll consider the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock's
PSYCHO and John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, as well as the relationship between
Hollywood and independent filmmakers like Julie Dash, Carl Franklin and
Luis Valdez. We'll see a nice sampling of music videos, experimental
film,cutting edge video, CD-Roms and computer work, and consider the
impact that new technology and Website (like Jennicam) have on viewing and
on culture. Reading will include a textbok and a packet of critical
essays. Written work will include 3 papers, a midterm, and a final
exam