Instructor: Dr Robert Hyland
Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970.
Available in Fall 2018.
In this course, films will be analyzed as a primarily visual medium. The cinematic image has the power to move and the power to provoke emotions. Historically, cinema has also reflected the worldviews and outlooks of different generations. The visual image can be a statement on life and can also precipitate changes in social and political ideologies. But how has cinema evolved to transmit messages through image based means? By looking at significant films from different periods of cinema and global history and by reading thoughts and arguments about how cinema can most effectively create and control meaning, students will learn how cinema itself is a form of language, and students will learn how to critique and write about important elements of the poetics of cinema.
Students will learn a history of cinema, but will also learn the language of cinema, develop how to detail cinematic moments in writing, how to express historical contextual detail and apply that contextual knowledge to an argument on theoretical issues of cinema.
Experiential learning opportunities
Past field studies for this course have included visits to special exhibitions in Hollywood costuming, the British Film Institute, the BBC television studios and the Cinematheque Francais and film museum in Paris.
The course is evaluated through a combination of written assignments, tests and field studies reports. There is one long research essay of 1500-2000 words.