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CI142fs    Introduction to Cinema Studies      An introduction to the discipline of cinema studies, its history, and dominant approaches. Functions as a gateway to the minor and serves as a prerequisite for the required film theory course. Previously offered as American Studies 198 and English 241.     Four credit hours.  A.    WURTZLER
CI251f    History of International Cinema I      The first of a two-semester survey of the history of global cinema, providing a broad overview of the development of cinema as an art form from the beginning of cinema (ca. 1890) to 1945. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, national, economic, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of films produced and received by international audiences in the first half of cinema history. They will also gain proficiency in written and oral communication and develop their skills in critical thinking. Offered as English 298 in spring 2011.     Four credit hours.    ROGERS
CI252s    History of International Cinema II      The second of a two-semester survey of the history of global cinema. Provides students with a broad overview of the development of cinema as an art form from the midpoint of cinema's history (1945) to the present. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, national, economic, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of films produced and received by international audiences in the second half of cinema history. They will also gain proficiency in written and oral communication and develop skills in critical thinking.     Four credit hours.    WURTZLER
[CI262]    Italian Cinema and Subversion (in English)      Listed as Italian 262.     Four credit hours.  
[CI280]    Topics in Global Cinema      Courses offered under the rubric of "Topics in Global Cinema" will change in specific focus but will emphasize the history or contemporary practice of non-U.S. cinemas. Students collaboratively explore one or more examples of non-U.S. film, focusing on the intersections of aesthetics, history, ideology, and film industry economics. Through both informal and formal analytical writing as well as discussions and formal presentations, students not only develop a greater understanding of cinema studies and global cinemas but also enhance their written and verbal skills. Prerequisite:  Cinema Studies 142 or English 142.     Four credit hours.  
CI321fs    Topics in Film Theory      Individual courses offered under the rubric of "Topics in Film Theory" will change in specific focus but keep consistent the rigorous engagement with a theoretical issue central to cinema studies. Students collaboratively engage with a set of questions regarding the nature of cinema and its relationships with power. Through both informal and formal analytical writing as well as class discussions and formal presentations, students not only develop a greater understanding of cinema but also enhance their written, critical, and verbal skills. Prerequisite:  Cinema Studies 142 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.    ROGERS, WURTZLER
CI491f, 492s    Independent Study          One to four credit hours.    FACULTY