FS - Film Studies

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Faculty of Arts

Below are the courses available from the FS subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

FS 100 - Introduction to Film Study View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Introduction to basic formal concepts in film analysis including mise-en-scène, cinematographic properties, editing, and sound, as well as narrative qualities.


FS 201 - Introduction to Film History I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

A survey of world cinema from 1890 to 1950, with emphasis on major historical developments and important individual films. Prerequisite or corequisite: FS 100. Not to be taken by students with credit in FS 200.


FS 202 - Introduction to Film History II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

A survey of world cinema from 1950 to present, with emphasis on major historical developments and important individual films. Prerequisite: FS 100. Prerequisite or corequisite: FS 201. Not to be taken by students with credit in FS 200.


FS 203 - Television from Broadcasting to Screen Cultures View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The socio-cultural role of TV from the network to multi-platform eras with an emphasis on theories of power and representation. Prerequisite/Corequisite: FS 100.


FS 215 - Introduction to Film Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

General survey of major currents and debates in film theory, including early theories on the ontology of the film image, semiotic approaches to film as language, Marxist and psychoanalytic concepts of spectatorship and the film image, the intersections of film and ideology, and the phenomenological theory of film as an embodied experience. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 309 - Quebec Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

History and aesthetic developments in Quebec film, from 1930s to present. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 310 - English-Canadian Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Major trends in English Canadian film, such as documentary, feature film, animation, and experimental film. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 313 - Transnational Crime Cinema View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Examining the ways in which crime and criminality have been represented in narrative cinema across cultures and nationalities. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 315 - The Western Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Survey of the cinematic Western from the silent period to the present, with emphasis on the decades between 1930 and 1970. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 316 - Melodrama and Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

A study of the stylistic, thematic, and ideological features of the melodrama as a film genre with strong ties to the woman's film and the general mode of storytelling of Hollywood cinema. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 317 - The Gangster Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Survey of the Hollywood gangster film and related forms from the 1930s to the present. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 318 - Science Fiction Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

A study of the Science Fiction film genre as an imaginative displacement of social and cultural concerns that define the context in which the films emerge. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 319 - Film Noir View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

A study of the stylistic, thematic, and ideological features of the American film genre known as film noir. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 320 - The French New Wave View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Examines the aesthetic, cultural and political principles animating the films of the 1960s cinematic movement known as the French New Wave. Prerequisite: FS 100. Not to be taken by students with credit in FS 362.


FS 321 - Animation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

An overview of the development of the animated film in a global context. Production practices may include pin screen, cell, clay, collage, stop-motion, and computer animation. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 322 - Gender and Sexuality in Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Intersections between film and cultural notions and practices of gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 323 - Screening Comedy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Examines the history of comedy across cinema, television, and digital platforms, drawing on theories of humor and laughter. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 324 - Monsters, Slashers and Ghosts View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Examines the horror genre from the silent era to the present. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 330 - Documentary Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Theory and history of the documentary film, with emphasis on Flaherty, the Documentary Movement in Britain, the National Film Board of Canada, and recent developments in the field. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 331 - Silent Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

An investigation of silent film treated as a form distinct from sound film. Historical developments, important genres and major individual films with emphasis on American and European film. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 333 - Experimental Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Avant-garde, abstract and structural film. The history and changing conceptions of experimental film, with examples from the silent era to the present. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 340 - Making Television: Production Cultures View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examines the cultural and industrial dimensions of televisual production and distribution into the post-network era. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 341 - Television Genres View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Analysis of specific genres within their cultural, historical, and industrial contexts. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 365 - French Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

An overview of the development of French cinema from the beginning of cinema to the present including major film movements such as Surrealism, Poetic Realism, Cinema Verité, the Nouvelle Vague, and contemporary movements. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 367 - German Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Survey of German cinema, with emphasis on the films of the Weimar era (1918-1933) and the New German Cinema of the 1970s. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 368 - Central and East-European Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Historical and aesthetic developments in the cinemas of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary from the early years of cinema to the post-1989 period. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 369 - East Asian Cinema View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Survey of East Asian cinemas such as mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 371 - Contemporary Hollywood View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Concentrates on commercial American filmmaking since the 1960s. Special attention will be given to defining Postmodernism and to historically situating its rise within the development of American cinema. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 386 - Screening Race View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Examines representations of race, ethnicity, and identity on screen with an emphasis on critical race theories. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 387 - Film and Technology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

An examination of how technology influences the patterns of film production. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 399 - Special Topics in Film Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 407 - Topics in Film History View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2.5)

Concentrated study of a specific problem in film history, either a historical period or a problem in historiography. Prerequisite: FS 201 and 202, and *3 in FS at the 300-level; or instructor approval.


FS 410 - Topics in Filmmakers View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-2.5)

Concentrated study of the works of individual filmmakers. The course will deal with one to three important filmmakers through representative films. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 410 - Topics in Filmmakers View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-3)

Concentrated study of the works of individual filmmakers. The course will deal with one to three important filmmakers through representative films. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 412 - Topics in Film Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

A seminar-based examination of specialized topics in film. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 415 - Global Television and Screen Cultures View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Transnational flows of popular entertainment and their relationship to local and global cultural identities. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 416 - Analyzing Television View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Critical studies of televisual narratives, ideologies, discourses, and audience reception practices. Prerequisite: FS 100.


FS 480A - Directed Reading in Film View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi VAR)(VAR, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


FS 480B - Directed Reading in Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi VAR)(VAR, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


FS 510 - Selected Topics in Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

FS 521 - Directed Reading Course I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

FS 522 - Directed Reading Course II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.