Black Cinema Studies Specialization

Students must have at least two MSCH courses.

MSCH-F 398 National and Transnational Cinemas: Cinemas of the Black Diaspora

(3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC

Historical survey of major national cinemas. Subject varies. Topics include Brazilian cinema, British cinema, Chinese cinema, French National cinema, German film culture, Indian cinema, and Italian cinema. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 398 and CMCL-C 398.

MSCH F 326 Authorship in the Media: Spike Lee’s Filmworks

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies: in-depth analysis of directors, producers, or creative individuals in the media, viewed as ‘authors.’ May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 326 and CMCL-C 326.

MSCH-F 375 Race, Gender and Representation: Black Women Make Movies

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Construction of race and gender identities across a range of media. Emphasis on the power of sound/image representations to shape and contest ideas about race and gender. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 375, JOUR-J 375 or CMCL-C 412.

MSCH-F 398 National and Transnational Cinemas: African Cinema and Politics

(3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC

Historical survey of major national cinemas. Subject varies. Topics include Brazilian cinema, British cinema, Chinese cinema, French National cinema, German film culture, Indian cinema, and Italian cinema. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 398 and CMCL-C 398.

MSCH-X 472 Media Internship at Black Film Center/Archive

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AMST-A 200 Comparative American Identities: Topic Race and Visual Culture

(3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS

Examines the formation of legal, social, cultural, and economic identities within the United States and within U.S.–controlled territories. Who counts as “American”? To what ends have citizens and non-citizens assumed, claimed, or refused “American” identity? This course employs a comparative frame in considering elite and subordinated classes (and/or genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities); institutional and countercultural forms of self-definition; official history and alternative acts of collective memory.

CMLT-C 361 African Literature and Other Arts

(3 cr.)

R: C205 or 3 credit hours of literature. A & H, CSA A focus on critical issues in the field of African letters, such as transnationalism, the question of orality, choice of language, the economics and politics of publishing—both within and outside the continent, and their impacts on cultural forms including new, non-literary media. Authors such as Achebe, Aidoo, Armah, Diop, Farah, Head, Kunene, Ngugi, p’Bitek, Sembene, and Soyinka.

FRIT-F 222 Francophone Media Studies

(3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC

Study of the concepts of medium/media and mass media as they appear in the Francophone World, based on specific case studies and theoretical readings. Exploration of the ways in which Francophone people constantly interact with media in North America, Europe and Africa in a digital age.

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