Communication and Culture | Methods of Media Research
C506 | 28173 | Joan Hawkins

CMCL-C 506: Methods of Media Research
Class Number: 28173

W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM, C2 272
Required film screening: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, WY 015

Meets with CULS-C 701 and AMST-G 620
Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: C2 211
Phone: 855-1548

This course is designed to help you navigate some of the
intellectual and structural problems that come up as you begin a
research project (like the dissertation) in media studies.  In the
course of the semester, we’ll be reading and hearing a variety of
methodological approaches to film, television and new media. We’ll
also be looking at the larger question of how to set up a doable
research project (the kinds of questions to ask yourself as you go
into one and the kinds of concerns you need to address in a
proposal); how to incorporate and apply theory; and how to use
alternative formats—like electronic media—in your work.

Readings will include: Jean-Paul Sartre: In Search of a Method;
Linda Williams, ed. Reinventing Film Studies; Linda Williams,
Screening Sex; David Kipen, The Schreiber Theory; Lynn Spigel, TV by
Design; Purnima Mankekar, Screening Culture, Viewing Politics;
Stefan Andriopoulos, Possessed: Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction
and The Invention of Cinema; Anna McCarthy, Ambient Television; Anne
Friedberg, The Virtual Window; Lev Manovich, The Language of New
Media; James Morrisson, The Cinema of Todd Hayes;  a recent issue of
Black Camera: An International Film Journal ; the online journal
Vectors; and a selection of xeroxed essays.

I am hoping to invite at least one speaker to campus, in conjunction
with the Film and Media Studies series.  I’ll also be inviting
members of the media faculty to come to class and briefly discuss
the way they negotiate thorny “methods” questions.

Finally, we’ll be watching a number of recent French films as part
of the class. These will be screened as part of the special Tournées
Women Directors series.  Films include : Claire Denis 35 Shots of
Rum, Karin Albou The Wedding Song; Catherine Breillat Bluebeard,
Pascale Ferran  Lady Chatterley, and  Agnès Varda, Beaches of Agnès

Screenings will take place in the new IU Theater.  And I THINK the
dates will be

March 5, 2011           Sat          Women of International Cinema
(French Films)
March 6, 2011            Sun        Women of International Cinema
(French Films)
March 19, 2011          Sat         Women of International Cinema
(French Films)
March 20, 2011          Sun        Women of International Cinema
(French Films)
April 3, 2011              Sun        Women of International Cinema
(French Films).
There will also be a screening of 1-2 episodes of Jean-Luc Godard’s
Histoires du cinéma

Written work will include 2 short (5-7page) papers and a sample
grant proposal.

Fulfills one of the CMCL MA requirements.  Useful for anyone
planning to write a media dissertation or interested in the
application of media theory.