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Fall 2021
May 18,2022
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COMM 302 - CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM: FILM
FORMERLY CNTP-312: This course examines the powerful force of contemporary film in terms of its cultural, aesthetic, entertainment, economic, technological, and political influences, with particular focus on the ways in which the globalization of media production and distribution has changed the media landscape. A key aspect of this course will be involving students in conceiving, researching, organizing, curating and promoting special film programs in both on-campus venues, such as the Communication Arts Cinematheque, and also in the larger community, acquainting students with knowledge of the expanding non-traditional and alternative venues in which films/media are screened and studied for both education, activist, and entertainment purposes. One of the dominant art forms of the 20th Century, its power as a culture and aesthetic force cannot be separated from nor fully comprehended without consideration of the cultural industrial, economic, technological, and ideological context that have shaped its evolution. This course will also examine the important changes in the structure of the film industry that occurred during the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st Century, with specific attention to the ways in which these changes in funding, production, distribution, and exhibition of films have resulted in a significant change in the "content" of films, global and international character of the film industry; this has resulted both in global and international co-productions generating films set in a wider range of cultural and national contexts and also wider distrubiton of films across national borders. Other factors closely related to this include the impact of new digital technologies and the increased competition, nationally and internationally, within and across industry sectors (including the media sector). As a result of these changes, the landscape of contemporary filmmaking is also considerably more varied than in the past, another dimension of contemporary film which needs to be addressed in a revision of the course. On one end are mass media conglomerates like Disney which, through strategies of horizontal and vertical integration, own five different film studios producing five different "brands" of films, ranging from Miramax art films, Touchstone blockbusters, Dimension horror films, and Disney children films, outsourced-to-Pixar animated films. At the other end are micro cinema filmmakes (the new "independents") and international politcal grassroots organizations (e.g. the Zapatistas in Mexico) that produce on a shoestring and distribute through the Internet and alternative community venues and networks, seeking both to strengthen local communities and to develop international support networks.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Communications Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, CA-School Core-300 Level, WRITING INTENSIVE

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Classifications:     
      Senior
      Junior

Prerequisites:
COMM 302

General Requirements:
Course or Test: CRWT 102
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )


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