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Culture & Technology

FILM 335/3.0

Research and studies in relations of media, technology, and culture. Critical examination of cultural and communication technologies and the employment of technology within selected examples from film, television, and digital media.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology as expansive and how it shapes personal, societal, national, and global spheres
  • Identify and engage in a variety of cultural media/texts--theoretical, artistic, and others
  • Justify their roles as viewers/consumers/producers of cultural texts, including the ways in which they might be seduced into replicating--or potentially subvert--certain ideologies and power structures
  • Summarize their strengths and weaknesses in verbal and written communication skills and analyze how they have improved over the course of the term







This course will explore research and studies in relations of media, technology, and culture. Critical examination of cultural and communication technologies and the employment of technology within selected examples from film, television, and digital media.


Fall 2017
Course Dates: 
Sept 11 - Dec 1, 2017
Exam Dates: 


Mastery Questions (Individual with discussion)20%
Presentation (Group with peer feedback)30%
Reflective Paper (Individual)20%
Research Paper (Individual)30%

** Evaluation Subject to Change **


Professor Scott MacKenzie (mackenzs@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Welcome to Culture and Technology! A great deal of my academic work focuses on the ways in which moving images, broadly defined, function to challenge mainstream representations of identity, culture and society writ large. Much of this work has to do with the perils and possibilities of technology as a means of political and cultural intervention in the 20th and 21st centuries.

My published books and articles reflect these interests, which include an anthology I co-edited on Dogme ‘95, entitled Purity and Provocation (BFI, 2003), which considers Dogme in relation to national and transnational cinemas in light of globalisation. I have also written a monograph entitled Screening Québec: Québécois Moving Images, National Identity and the Public Sphere (Manchester UP, 2004) which examines the role played by publicness and the public sphere in relation to contested notions of national identity in Québec cinema from its inception in the 1910s to the cinema of Denys Arcand and Robert Lepage.

These books, along with my earlier anthology Cinema and Nation (Routledge, 2000) all address the way in which minor, ‘small’, national, alternative and oppositional cinemas can be understood through the emerging discourses of transnationalism, globalisation, multiculturalism and post-colonialism. With Brenda Longfellow and Thomas Waugh, I also recently co-edited The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson, an anthology on the film, video, digital and activist works of queer filmmaker and agent provocateur John Greyson.

For the last few years, film manifestoes have been central focus of my research and I have just completed Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures (University of California Press, 2014), which is the first historical and theoretical study of film manifestos and their influence on film production, distribution and circulation from the cinema’s emergence to the present. The book brings together key manifestoes of the last 110 years, alongside many little-known manifestoes that have nevertheless served to challenge and re-imagine cinema aesthetics, politics, distribution, production and exhibition.

I also research representations of Global Arctic cinema with Anna Stenport. The first manifestation of this research is our co-edited volume Films on Ice: The Cinemas of the Arctic (University of Edinburgh Press, 2015).

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) on study/practice and online activity for this course.

Course Resources


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About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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How does this affect my academics?
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Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.