Course No. HCS 374X Credits: 3.0
Writing on film aesthetics in 1930, a year marked by global financial crisis and mounting political conflict, Béla Balázs did not feel it was possible to speak of the “people of the world.” But if that day were ever to arrive, he predicted, film would be there “ready and waiting to provide the universal spirit with its corresponding technique of expression.” Today we talk about how technology has altered the world, making it feel smaller and infinitely expanded at the same time. But can we still say film holds the promise of universal expression? If not, what does it promise now? What, in other words, do film’s techniques of expression correspond to in our contemporary world?
In this course, we will spend time looking carefully at cinematic technique in films produced all over the world during the course of the medium’s history. At the same time we will also look carefully at the ideas and fantasies that animate “world cinema” as a label for certain kind of films without taking for granted that this phrase always means or has meant the same thing. Why do some critics and theorists embrace this term while others find it inadequate, a bad fit, something in need of qualification or replacement? What corrections and critiques have these writers offered? How do their observations change the way we see film technique and our own unexamined assumptions about how film makes the world available to each of us as viewers? $25 course fee required. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas
A composition-intensive course that emphasizes basic composition skills, while introducing basic research and documentation skills. Along with cultivating the concomitant skills in critical reading and thinking, this course also introduces an explicitly theoretical approach to contemporary culture. Twenty pages of student expository writing will be required. Offered fall.
Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions
An intermediate writing and research course based in readings on the western intellectual and cultural heritage and their global contexts. The course will emphasize the basic research skills involved in both academic writing and studio processes. Twenty pages of student expository writing will be required. Prerequisite LLC 101. Offered spring.
Writing + Inquiry III: Narrative Forms
Course No. LLC 203 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mark Bassett | Sarah Minor | Scott Lax
Prerequisite(s) Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas
This course continues to build students' skills in writing, research, critical thinking, and argument, while introducing a survey of narrative forms and critical methods based in narratology to be used in the analysis and understanding of narrative. This course can be taken in either the fall or the spring and must be completed by the end of the Sophomore year. Prerequisite LLC 101.
Writing about Material Culture
Course No. LLC 212W Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mark Bassett
How is the material world understood in human culture? What do “things” mean — and why? Students will investigate various disciplinary approaches to material culture, through Freudian, semiotic, sociological, Marxist, and archaeological studies. Interdisciplinary approaches will be emphasized. In addition, the course will illuminate our personal attachments, the hidden history of things, our experience of material consciousness (as artists and designers), and the scholarly “packaging” of objects in support of cultural/art history.
Writing for the Art + Design Career
Course No. LLC 204W Credits: 3.0
This course offers students the opportunity to develop strong writing skills for the types of writing involved in art and design careers. The first and biggest part of this course is devoted to these career-related forms and is predicated on an exploration of the relationship between the rhetorical and the design arts. The culminating project for this section of the course, therefore, will be a portfolio containing the final versions of each of the writing assignments, designed to showcase visually the collected written works, and thus also to demonstrate the extent to which the student has pursued the relationship between rhetoric and design. Each student's portfolio will contain the types of career documents relevant to her/his own particular emphases or goals within the art/design fields represented by the particular group of students in the class. A later, smaller part of the course will explore the theories and argument strategies of art critical essays and reviews as models for the students' own assignments in critical writing. These assignments will include one art or design show review and one critical essay on an art or design subject selected by the student for the relevance of its subject to his/her own studio work. Class work will focus on writing, tutorials, and peer editing/critique, allowing students ample opportunity to become comfortable with, and even accomplished in, the kinds of writing necessary for self-presentation and critical engagement in visual arts careers. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
Writing for the Sciences
Course No. LLC 213W Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Assad
Prerequisite(s) Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions
This course introduces the basic written discourse forms of the sciences. It gives an overview and rationale of scientific reports describing the results of original research. It provides students with an opportunity to develop competency in the discourse model that has evolved over centuries of scientific practice. Students will learn the specific lexical, grammatical, and stylistic conventions that comprise the accepted written format, in addition to the components of a scientific report; i.e., the Introduction (including the Literature Review), the Methods, the Results (including their display and documentation), the Discussion, and the References. The term project for each student will be focused on the preparation of a full written report of that student’s individual inquiry into an area of scientific research relevant to their particular studio work and/or interests. Class meetings will center on discussion of readings, research, and on class critique of written drafts that students prepare as they work toward the final versions of their reports. Offered yearly. Open only to BMA seniors; juniors may request written permission from instructor. Fulfills writing intensive requirement. Prerequisites: LLC101 and LLC102.
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