Communication and Culture | Media in the Global Context
C202 | 2961 | Lori Hitchcock
TR 9:30A-10:45A, Room: TBA
Required screenings on Wednesdays 7:00-10:30 pm/Room: TBA
(Fulfills COAS S&H Distribution Requirement; carries Culture Studies
List A credit)
Instructor: Lori Hitchcock
Office Hours: TR 10:45-Noon (location TBA)
This course will examine cinema from a transnational perspective,
paying particular attention to the ways in which Hollywood has come
to dominate film markets throughout the world. In addition, we will
consider the various challenges individual nations, filmmakers, and
audiences have posed to this domination. In the first half of the
course, we will trace the international origins of cinema, the rise
of Hollywood, and the development of national cinema; in the second
half, we will consider some of the key debates surrounding
contemporary global media. Screenings will include such films as
Fritz Lang’s M, Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, Jean-Luc Godard’s
Breathless, John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow, Oshii Mamoru’s Ghost in
the Shell, and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1.
• This course is designed to complement the themes and issues
raised in C290/292 (Hollywood I/II), but neither is a prerequisite
for C202. This course is intended to give students a general
understanding of the central issues within media globalization
• Assignments will include one take-home midterm exam, a final
exam, two papers of approx. 6 pages in length, and several
• The course will be conducted through a combination of
lecture and discussion. Attendance will be taken daily.
• Readings will include one required textbook (Global
Hollywood, Eds. Toby Miller, Nitin Govil, John McMurria & Richard
Maxwell [ISBN 0-85170-845-5]) and readings on E-Reserve.
For more information about this course, please feel free to contact
the instructor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.