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Cinema Studies Undergraduate Courses

Courses in the curriculum of the Cinema Studies Institute encourage a thorough examination of the cinema, as students receive a grounding in film study in its aesthetic, technological, economic, and sociocultural dimensions. Core courses focus on film analysis and the integration of film history and theory. Advanced courses allow for more in-depth examination of particular topics, ranging from specific filmmakers and genres to how cinema engages with different cultures, spectators, and nation-states.

Cinema Studies courses (Groups A through F) offered in the 2017-2018 academic year are listed below. Links to their timetable information will be added when that information is confirmed. For a complete course list, including those not being offered in 2017-2018, please refer to the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Cross-Listed courses: (Group G) offered in 2017-2018 can also be found below. Consult the respective department for days, times and locations.

Where applicable, prerequisites and restrictions are listed after each course description.

 

2017 Summer Session

Summer course enrolment begins April 6, 2017.
Y courses: May 15 - August 14
F courses: May 15 - June 23
F exam period: June 26 - 30
S courses: July 4 - August 14
Y/S exam period: August 15-18

Please check the Faculty of Arts & Science for further information.

 

CIN105Y1Y - Introduction to Film Study

Introduction to film analysis; concepts of film style and narrative. Topics include: documentary, avant-garde, genres, authorship, ideology, and representation.

Instructor: Benjamin Wright
Day & Time: Monday and Wednesday, 12pm - 4pm
Location: Media Commons Theatre

Group A: Foundations
Exclusion: INI115Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN240H1F - The Crime Film

This course covers the representation of crime and criminal justice in visual media, with an emphasis on popular feature films across historical decades and national contexts of production. As a site of social, moral, and political conflict, the “crime film” has been both categorically elastic and fundamentally enduring on a global scale. Taking crime movies as cultural portals, this class will examine how this cluster of film cycles -- gangster, cop, prison, etc. -- cohere to interrogate changing notions not only of crime, criminology, and criminal justice, but also assumptions of film genre and nationality.

Instructor: Nicholas Shaw
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 12pm - 4 pm
Location: IN-222

Group C: Social and Cultural Practices
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 3. Society and its Institutions

 

CIN260H1S - Framing the Real: Reality TV and Documentary Cinema

This course examines the contemporary format of reality television while engaging with its antecedents in documentary cinema. It explores how different movements and moments in each genre has laid claim to authenticity, and tracks the resulting understandings of ‘the real’ over time. Questions explored include the aesthetics of the real, celebrity and performance, and how both genres have served as platforms for queer and minoritarian voices.

Instructor: Daniel Laurin
Day & Time: Wednesday and Friday, 12pm - 4pm
Location: IN-222

Group D: Theory and Criticism
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN340H1S - Wilderness in the Cinema

This course will examine the division between nature and culture as it is represented in the cinema. Wilderness, broadly defined, is any place where nature overpowers or excludes culture, instinct trumps rationality, the unknown prevails over science and technology. This course will seek to trouble this definition of wilderness through the analysis of films about frontiers (in the old west and space, for example), indigenous perspectives on colonialism, the urban jungle, and non-anthropocentric ways of being.

Instructor: Matthew Thompson
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 12pm - 4pm
Location: IN-222

Group C: Social and Cultural Practices
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations
 

CIN378Y0Y - Aspects of a National Cinema: Britain

To register, please see the Summer Abroad program.

This course offers a critical study of British film cultures, with an emphasis on British film genres, movements and cycles from the 1960s to the present day. Although earlier representative works, to include the British documentary movement, will provide a foundational base for a comparative study of contemporary British cinema. Major as well as minor film cultures will be studied in their institutional, social, and cultural contexts to include: the long standing tradition of British realism; the Free Cinema Movement; the “New Wave;” “Swinging London;” “Thatcherite” cinema, including its heritage, art cinema, Brit-grit and Black British iterations; in addition to the recent “lad boy” underclass cycle that reconfigures the traditional conceptualization of British cinema as strictly oppositional “realism or tinsel.” Debates pertinent to the way in which British films relate to a shifting sense of national identity, towards examining the “Englishness” of British national cinema, will be highlighted.

Instructor: Kass Banning
Group E: History and Nation
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN380H1F - Mobility and Migration in Moving Image Media

This course will explore geopolitical borderlands of moving image media that foreground mobility and migration. Through formal and conceptual approaches, we will investigate how various media articulate and politicize borders, and how bodies negotiate and mobilize these spaces in distinct ways. We will draw upon media texts that represent diverse methods of imagining these interstitial zones, ranging from classical Hollywood cinema, art cinema, experimental and essay films, television series, and media activism.

Instructor: Carrie Reese
Day & Time: Monday and Wednesday, 5pm - 9pm
Location: IN-222

Group E: History and Nation
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

2017 -2018 Fall - Winter Session

Course enrolment begins in July 2017..

 

Group A Courses: Foundations
 

CIN105Y1Y - Introduction to Film Study

Introduction to film analysis; concepts of film style and narrative. Topics include: documentary, avant-garde, genres, authorship, ideology, and representation.

Instructor: Ben Wright
Exclusion: INI115Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN201Y1Y - Film Cultures I: Art and Industry

Emergence of cinema from its start until the studio system in the first half of the 20th Century. Examines the practices, theories, and debates.

Instructor: Brian Jacobson
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Exclusion: INI212Y1, INI215Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations, 2. Thought, Belief and Behaviour

 

CIN301Y1Y - Film Cultures II: Politics and Global Media

Examines film theory and practice from the 1950s onward, and the impact of media change on earlier film cultures and aesthetics.

Instructor: Kass Banning
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1
Exclusion: INI214Y1, INI314Y1, INI315Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations, 2. Thought, Belief and Behaviour

 
Group B Courses: Genre and Modes
 

CIN210H1S - Horror Film

This course provides students with a history of the development of the horror genre as well as a variety of theoretical frameworks through which to analyse horror texts, including those that approach the economic, technological, socio-political, and psychoanalytic dimensions of horror cinema.

Exclusion: INI226H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN211H1F - Science Fiction Film

Science Fiction films as an international genre. Cultural and political contexts. SF film's narrative and conceptual components.

Instructor: Bart Testa
Exclusion: INI227H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN314Y1Y - Genre, Narrative, and Narration in Film

Genre and narrative form studied through analytical models. Westerns, Crime movies, biograph and fantastic films.

Instructor: Bart Testa
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Exclusion: INI329Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations, 2. Thought, Belief and Behaviour

 

CIN320H1F - The Woman's Film

This course will focus on the study of the woman's film of the 1930s and 40s, examining the narrative, stylistic, and thematic elements of this dynamic genre, with weeks organized around such topics as the maternal melodrama, the female gothic, and iconic stars of the genre, such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN320H1S - The Global Film Noir: A Transnational Approach

This course is a history of film noir understood as a global phenomenon rather than a strictly American one. By emphasizing the transnational nature of noir, both in content and in form, this course will investigate its permeability to sociopolitical concerns from a variety of cultures.

Instructor: Alberto Zambenedetti
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN322H1F - Cult Cinema

The phenomenon of cult and exploitation cinema; growing popularity of cult film as a cinematic subculture that privileges disreputable and "trashy" films over avant-garde and mainstream cinema alike.

Instructor: Ben Wright
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Exclusion: INI396H1F (2011), CIN320H1F (20145), CIN320H1S (2016)
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN410H1F - The Diary Film: Cinematic Recordings of the Everyday

This course explores the diary film, a mode of filmmaking that develops in the context of the turn toward the autobiographical in American cinema of the 1960s. The diary film develops in a number of different directions as technology shifts over the course of decades, and we follow some of these tangents up to digital examples of diarising, like contemporary vlogs. Through a study of this wide range of diary-like texts we look at what cinema offers the act of diarising, and the discursive questions that emerge when the camera captures the material of our everyday lives, when the private diary is made for public view. In doing so we also consider how this mode brushes up against a number of interrelated categories, like the home movie, the cinematic self-portrait, and the confessional turn in art and media in general.

Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor. A 400-Level Seminar Enrolment Form must be submitted.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN411H1F - 3D Cinema: Eye, Mind, and Body

This course endeavors to examine major and minor instances of stereoscopic (i.e., “3D”) media from throughout cinema history—from the pre-cinematic developments in nineteenth-century photographic media, to the desires for a more complete realism in early narrative cinema, through to the latest applications in both mainstream and avant-garde spheres. Looking at major motion pictures, short stereoscopic demonstrations, early commercials for the automobile industry, abstract animations, and much more, we will examine the various historical, aesthetic, and ideological debates that have greeted every crest and valley of stereoscopic cinema's here again/gone again development and maturation. In addition to tracing out possible historical narratives of stereoscopic moving image media, we will also seek to explore more rigorous ways of thinking about 3D—not only as a technology, but as a new medium that allows us to better understand a range of important philosophical debates around vision, consciousness, and embodiment.

Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor. A 400-Level Seminar Enrolment Form must be submitted.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

Group C: Social and Cultural Practices
 

CIN230H1S - The Business of Film

Cinema as a commercial enterprise. Production, distribution, and exhibition in the political economy of North American film culture.

Exclusion: INI228H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities or Social Science
Breadth Requirement: 3. Society and its Institutions

 

CIN332Y1Y - Screening Race

How race functions in cinema. Foundational role of racial inscription; expansion beyond the black/white paradigm, visual ethnography; Orientalism; aboriginal media; the "Black Atlantic" and Diaspora,; race and urban space.

Prerequisite: CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1
Exclusion: INI327Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations, 2. Thought, Belief and Behaviour

 

CIN340H1F - SerialIty

Using theorizations of long-form and multi-part narratives, explores the popular cinema's intersections with comics, radio, television, and digital media.

Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN340H1S - Queer Theory/Queer Media

Queer Theory/Queer Media tells the story of the rise of queer theory alongside queer media production from 1970 to the present, with a particular emphasis on the ways queer thinkers engaged both with representations of sexual minorities in mainstream media and with media made by queer people with queer agendas.

Instructor: Scott Richmond
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN430H1S - Acting, Stardom, Performance

In this course, we will examine the body that labours in front of the camera - the figure known variously as the actor, the star, or the performer. In keeping with these labels, the course will be divided into three four-week sections, each dedicated to a particular scholarly approach to that body and its contribution to the production of meaning and affect, both in film and beyond.

Instructor: Corinn Columpar
Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of the instructor. A 400-Level Seminar Enrolment Form must be submitted.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN431H1S - Images that Move Us: Affect, Emotions and Feelings on Film

Concepts and theoretical approaches to the screen aesthetics and the experiential dimensions of spectatorship in early, classical, arthouse, avant-garde, and digital cinemas.

Instructor: Angelica Fenner
Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor. A 400-Level Seminar Enrolment Form must be submitted.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

Group D Courses: Theory and Criticism

 

CIN450H1F - The Cinematic City: Urban Spaces

The rise of cinema against the background of mass urbanization; "city symphony" films, city-specific filmmaking; the urban grid and the flaneur.

Instructor: Bart Testa
Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor. A 400-Level Seminar Enrolment Form must be submitted.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN451H1S - Music in Film

This advanced undergraduate seminar will examine the ways in which symphonic music, popular song and everything in between has shaped the look and sound of the movies.

Instructor: Ben Wright
Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor. A 400-Level Seminar Enrolment Form must be submitted.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

Group E Courses: History and Nation
 

CIN270Y1Y - American Popular Film Since 1970

Popular American cinema from the 1970s to the present. Social, political, and commercial practices.

Exclusion: INI225Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations, 3. Society and its Institutions

 

CIN370H1S - Canadian Cinema: Avant-garde

Canadian artists branching into film; building a movement and institutions; theories and critiques of a national avant-garde.

Instructor: Bart Testa
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Exclusion: FCS391H1, INI385Y1, INI385H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN378H1S - British Cinema

This course explores the history of the British Cinema, from its early silent days through the contemporary moment, with attention paid both to unique genres and cycles in film production, and conditions of reception and exhibition

Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN379H1F - Hungarian Cinema

Examines historical trends, influential filmmakers, and social and cultural factors influencing the development of Hungarian cinema, assessing its impact within the context of Eastern Europe and internationally.

Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Exclusion: INI381H1F (2010), INI378H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN380H1S - Now Hear This: Sound in the Cinema

This class offers a critical and exploration of the history, theory and practice of sound design, and the cultural and technological factors that have influenced auto and visual media since the 1920s..

Instructor: Ben Wright
Prerequisite: CIN105Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

Group F Courses: Independent Studies
 

CIN490Y1Y - Independent Studies in Cinema

See course description for CIN492H1 listed below. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN491H1F - Independent Studies in Cinema

See course description for CIN492H1 listed below. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

CIN492H1S - Independent Studies in Cinema

Independent research projects devised by students and supervised by Cinema Studies faculty. Open to advanced Specialist and Major students in the Cinema Studies Program. Submit applications to the Undergraduate Program Office: Fall 2017 courses by May 1, Winter 2018 courses by November 1, Summer 2018 courses by April 1. See Forms for application form. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: At least 10 full-course equivalents, including CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1, CIN301Y1 or permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 
Group G Courses: Cross-Listed

Please contact the home department for more information.

 

EAS242H1 - Japanese Cinemas I

This course investigates how film aesthetics relate to the most profound socio-historical problems of Japanese modernity. It also considers the ways various filmmakers employ cinematic form to engage the social problems of their moment. Part I focuses on the 1890s - 1950s.

Exclusion: EAS237Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

FCS392H1S - Special Topics in French Cultural Studies II

Studies on an individual writer or specific area of literature. For more information, see http://www.french.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/courses/french_cultural_studies.

Prerequisite: At least five coures in any subject.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

FIN250H1F - Finnish Cinema

Development of Finnish cinema from its parochial beginnings to its international recognition. The great pastoral tradition; the war memories (Laine, Kassila, Parikka); socio-political engagement of the 60s (Donner, Jarva), the paucity of the 70s (Mollberg); the universal outsider themes of the 80s (Aki and Mika Kaurismaki). Readings and subtitles in English. (Offered in alternate years)

Day & Time: Wednesday, 6pm - 9pm
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

HIS345H1 - History and Film

This course is designed to further students knowledge of films relationship to the events they depict and their undeniable power as representational systems to render history effectively. This will necessarily entail both close examination of the formal systems film rely upon and an understanding of the distinction between fictional and non-fictional forms in film.

Prerequisite: Two full courses in history or permission of instructor
Recommended Preparation: INI212Y1/CIN201Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 3. Society and its Institutions

 

HIS467H1 - French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film

Examines French colonial Indochina through several different lenses. Themes include the cross-cultural contact zones between colonial and colonized societies, imperial culture, expressions of colonial power, and forms of opposition. Colonial novels, translated resistance literature, documentaries, and films are utilized as primary sources to be examined critically.

Prerequisite: ANT344Y1/EAS204Y1/GGR342H1/HIS104Y1/HIS107Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS284Y/HIS315H1/HIS388H1/NEW369Y1
Exclusion: HIS467Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 3. Society and its Institutions

 

ITAL341H1 - Gender and Genre in Italian Cinema

The course looks at Italian cinema from the perspective of gender and genre studies. While the focus will be primarily on film, the course will also engage with different media and discuss how these have informed and influenced Italian notions of masculinity and femininity throughout the Twentieth Century. The emphasis on genre will provide the structure to organize a discourse that will embrace very diverse and multifaceted texts, and will enable students to develop their analytical and critical skills in the field. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)

Instructor: Alberto Zambenedetti
Exclusion: ITA340Y
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

JSU325H1 - Queerly Canadian

This course focuses on Canadian literary and artistic productions that challenge prevailing notions of nationality and sexuality, exploring not only how artists struggle with that ongoing Canadian thematic of being and belonging, but also celebrate pleasure and desire as a way of imagining and articulating an alternative national politics.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/CDN2671 (formerly UNI267H1), CDN268H1 (formerly UNI268H1) or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: SDS375H1 - Special Topics: Queerly Canadian, UNI325H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

SLA247H1S - Yugoslav Cinema

An overview of the Yugoslav cinematic tradition from the 1950s onwards. Topics include Yugoslav film-making in the context of the European New Wave; cinema d’auteur (Makavejev, Pavlović, Kusturica); art and politics in a communist state; the struggle of experimentalism and traditionalism. Taught in English. All films with subtitles.

Day & Time: Thursday, 4pm - 8pm
Exclusion: SLA427H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations

 

SLA333H1S - Animated Film in Europe

Trends in the history of European animated film, focusing on Central and Eastern European cinematic traditions. Aesthetics of animated image and peculiarities of animation as an art form. Films are analyzed in their artistic, cultural and political contexts. Taught in English, English subtitles.

Day & Time: Wednesday, 9am - 12pm
Exclusion: SLA233H1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: 1. Creative and Cultural Representations