Electives 2017-18

This is a list of all film electives in Halifax that can count toward the Film Minor during the academic year of 2017-18. Please get in touch with your Film Minor contact person (see list at right) if you have any queries.

Please note: we strive to ensure that this information is accurate, but in the event of a discrepancy between this website and the calendar/timetable of the relevant university, the latter will of course take precedence.

  • Green = Dalhousie and King’s College
  • Blue = NSCAD
  • Red = St Mary’s

All courses listed here are 3 credit hours unless otherwise specified.

Fall term classes

Classes at St Mary’s will be added to the list later.

GERM 2040.03: Monsters and Madness in 20th Century Film (cross-listed with FILM 2340 and THEA 2340)
Fall term: Wednesdays, 11:35 – 14:25
Instructor: TBA
Taught at Dalhousie.
Description: This course provides an introduction to German film of the early 20th century. We will focus on one of the most influential periods of cinema history, German Expressionism, and continue to early sound film, Nazi propaganda and Postwar film. No knowledge of the German language is necessary. All films are subtitled.

FILM 2043.03: How iRead the Eye-Books I: Film Adaptations of World Literature (cross-listed with ENGL 2043, RUSN 2043 and THEA 2043)
Fall term: Thursdays, 14:35 – 17:25
Instructor: Yuri Leving
Taught at Dalhousie.
Description: In this course we will be reading and watching the world adaptations of international literary classics and popular contemporary works. From analyzing the art of comic strips and Supermen sagas to e-books designed for iPads and Android mobile devices, during the semester students will learn to appreciate both the text and its visual renderings using theoretical frameworks of adaptation and textual fidelity, as well as will have an opportunity to practice their skills in the art of film-making and constructing an iBook.

ENGL 2095.03: Narrative in the Cinema
Fall: Wednesdays, 17:35 – 20:25
Instructor: David Evans
Taught at Dalhousie
This course will provide a brief introduction to the study of film narrative. Through an examination of select films from throughout the history of the medium, this course will consider various forms and conventions of cinematic fiction-making. Although social, political, psychological, and other non-formal aspects of film will be discussed, the course will be primarily concerned with the aesthetics and visual styles at work in the films under consideration.

FILM 2350.03: Studies in Film Directors:
The Cinema of Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu
(crosslisted with THEA 2350)

Fall: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:35 – 12:55
Instructor: David Nicol
Taught at Dalhousie
This course offers students the opportunity to study in detail the work of an individual film director or two. Asethetic, political, philosophical and/or ethical issues related to the director’s work will be studied via close analysis of his/her most significant films. This year, we are studying the careers of two Mexican filmmakers who have had a huge impact on Hollywood and independent cinema over the last decade: Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

FILM 2360.03: Popular Cinema (crosslisted with THEA 2360)
Fall: Tuesdays 17:35 – 20:25
Instructor: Shannon Brownlee
Taught at Dalhousie
This class helps students develop their critical understanding of popular cinema. It introduces different approaches to the analysis of popular film, and considers principles of production, distribution, exhibition and reception in major industries such as Hollywood and popular Hindi and Hong Kong cinemas. Throughout, it addresses the implications of the concept of “popular cinema”.

FILM 3314.03 Shakespeare and his Contemporaries on Film (crosslisted with ENGL 3314 and THEA 3314)
Fall: Wednesday, 18:05 – 20:55
Instructor: David Nicol
Taught at Dalhousie
This course will study the adaptation of Shakespeare and his contemporaries to the medium of cinema, focusing on the differences between theatre and cinema, the process of textual adaptation, the updating of classic stories to modern settings, and the close analysis of the performer’s choices.

CANA 3401.03 Indigenous Representation in Film (crosslisted with INDG 3401)
Fall: Fridays, 11:35 – 14:25
Instructor: Margaret Robinson
Taught at Dalhousie
This course offers an overview of issues shaping the portrayal of Indigenous peoples in film. Focus will be on developing a critical understanding of Indigenous representation in political and cultural context. Films examined will span the silent to contemporary film era, and will include Indigenous cinema. Some of the videos included in this syllabus will contain sexual, violent, racist, sexist, and otherwise disturbing content.

JOUR 3662.03 The Journalist as Documentarian
Fall: Tuesdays, 17:35 – 20:25
Instructor: Sylvia Hamilton
Taught at King’s College
This course is about the journalist as a visual long form storyteller, in short, a documentarian. Students will watch, analyse, and write about curated program of Canadian and international documentaries. Discussion topics will include, research, documentary structure and approach, editorial decision making, journalistic and ethical considerations.

FHIS 3822-1X Hitchcock’s Films
Fall: Mondays, 18:00 – 22:00
Instructor: Bruce Barber
Taught at NSCAD
The course will provide students with a critical survey of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Through lectures, screenings and selected readings students will be introduced to a wide range of material on Hitchcock’s life and work, with particular focus accorded his canonical position as a major auteur within the history of film. Various theoretical, methodological and critical discourses associated with contemporary film studies will also be discussed, among them: Auteurship, structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, social historicism, socio-economism, narratological approaches, cognitive studies, reception theory, deconstruction and queer studies.

FHIS 3853-1X Media, Politics and Culture
Fall: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 17:00 Instructor: Darrell Varga
Taught at NSCAD
A critical investigation on the relationship between mass media, culture and politics through the analysis of selected works of fiction film, documentary, media journalism and alternative platforms. Focus includes the relationship between media representation, power, ideology, transnational capitalism, social-economic class, propaganda and the critical theory and practice of alternative perspectives and subject positions.

Winter term classes

Classes at St Mary’s will be added to the list later.

FILM 2016: Topics in Music and Cinema (crosslisted with MUSC 2016)
Winter term: Mondays and Wednesdays, 14:35 – 16:25
Instructor: Estelle Joubert
Taught at Dalhousie.
This course investigates various engagements of music and cinema from the early twentieth century to the present day. Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts such as diegetic vs. non diegetic music, musical narrativity in film, sonic representations of space and place, music and subjectivity, representation, manipulation, intersections of opera and cinema, the use of music or sound as special effect, film-scoring and the use of notable songs/tunes. These concepts will be explored through a variety of primary and secondary source readings, screenings and lectures.

FILM 2346.03: Eastern European Cinema: War, Love and Revolutions (cross-listed with RUSN 2046.03 and THEA 2346.03.
Winter: Wednesdays, 17:35 – 20:25
Instructor: Yuri Leving
Taught at Dalhousie.
This course brings post-Berlin Wall European film into the fray of current debates on cultural identity, transnational cinema, and postcolonialism. Despite the state control, the filmmakers of communist Europe were often more bold, honest and provocative than their profit-driven Hollywood counterparts. By drawing on political, cultural, and philosophical discourses, the course will offer pointed analyses of most significant East European films that touch upon issues of ethnicity, gender, and overcoming censorship.

FHIS 2820-1X History of Animation
Fall: Mondays, 18:00 – 22:00 Instructor: TBA
Taught at NSCAD
This course surveys the history of animated film.

FILM 3331: Film Theory II: Desire in Cinema (crosslisted with GWST 3331 and THEA 3331)
Winter term: Thursdays, 18:05 – 20:55
Instructor: Shannon Brownlee
Taught at Dalhousie.
This course focuses on theories of gender, sexuality and desire in the cinema. It addresses debates around the representation of gender, sexuality and desire on screen, as well as theories of spectatorial desire.

FILM 3350: Topics in Asian Cinema (crosslisted with CHIN 3050 and THEA 3350)
Winter: Fridays, 14:35 – 17:25
Instructor: Shannon Brownlee
Taught at Dalhousie.
This year’s topic is “Chinese Cinemas”. How have Chinese language films from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Canada reflected on Chinese history, society, and politics? How have they created worlds of their own? This course brings together the history of Chinese cultures across millennia with the much shorter history of Chinese language cinemas. From silent cinema to the newest blockbusters, from supernatural wuxia to contemporary urban realism, these films offer a view of the realities and fantasies of Chinese cultures.

FILM 4392: Point of View in the Cinema (crosslisted with THEA 4392)
Winter: Mondays, 18:05 – 20:55
Instructor: David Nicol
Taught at Dalhousie.
In this course, students engage in rigorous close analysis to understand better the ways in which filmmakers make us experience a narrative from the perspective of an individual character. The course explores the methods and purposes that underlie the manipulation of point of view in mainstream movies, art films and political cinema..