Electives 2018-19

This is a list of all film electives in Halifax that can count toward the Film Minor during the academic year of 2018-19. 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

ENGL 2325.1: Media and Everyday Life
Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:45. Also taught in Winter term (see below)
Instructor: Jennifer VanderBurgh
Taught at St Mary’s
Students analyze media texts, environments, and practices encountered in everyday life, guided by longstanding debates about how media affects and reflects our imaginative conceptions of the world.

FILM 2350.03: Studies in Film Directors
Fall: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:35 – 12:55
Instructor: TBA
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. The identity of this year’s director is TBA.

FILM 3314.03 Shakespeare and his Contemporaries on Film (crosslisted with ENGL 3314 and THEA 3314)
Winter: Mondays and Wednesdays, 13:05 – 14:25
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.

FILM 3320.03 Italian National Cinema:
The New Wave
(crosslisted with ITAL 3600)

Fall: Mondays and Wednesdays, 18:05 – 20:55
Instructor: TBA
Taught at Dalhousie
The focus of the course: the Italian cineastes, who received international recognition since the 1960s. It aims to investigate Italian film production within the social and cultural climate of contemporary Italy.

FILM 3401.03 Indigenous Representation in Film (crosslisted with CANA 3401 and INDG 3401)
Fall: Mondays, 08:35 – 11:25
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 3839: Topics in Film History: The Director’s Cinema
Fall: Mondays, 13:30 – 17:30
Instructor: Darrell Varga
Taught at NSCAD
This year’s topic is the directors of the French New Wave.

ACST 3876.1: Atlantic Canadian Film and Television
Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:15
Instructor: Michele Byers
Taught at St Mary’s

Winter term classes

FILM 2016: Topics in Music and Cinema (crosslisted with MUSC 2016)
Winter term: Mondays and Wednesdays, 14:35 – 15:55
Instructor: Jennifer Bain
Taught at Dalhousie.
This year’s topic is Medievalism in Film and Television. In this course we will explore medievalism, the cultural response to or engagement with some aspect of the Middle Ages, a time period often evoked in modern western society. We will focus on music in film and television to assess the kinds of images and themes (sonic and visual) that are used to give a sense of the medieval, and the meanings that these images and themes convey, such as authenticity, spirituality, social hierarchy, horror, ignorance, romanticism and magic.

ENGL 2325.2: Media and Everyday Life
Winter: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 14:30-15:45. Also taught in Fall term (see above)
Instructor: Jennifer VanderBurgh
Taught at St Mary’s
Students analyze media texts, environments, and practices encountered in everyday life, guided by longstanding debates about how media affects and reflects our imaginative conceptions of the world.

FHIS 2820: History of Animation
Winter: Mondays, 18:00 – 22:00
Instructor: Darrell Varga
Taught at NSCAD
A survey of the art of animation from the early days of cinema to the present. The focus will be on narrative, avant-garde and documentary practices in traditional cell animation through to pixilation and CGI.

FHIS 3190:Canadian Cinema: Art and Industry
Winter: Mondays, 08:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Darrell Varga
Taught at NSCAD
A critical study of Canadian cinema with a focus on key filmmakers and the institutional social and economic conditions that influence film form and content. The course considers the idea of national cinema, the relevance of nationalism to contemporary filmmakers, cases of regional and non-mainstream practices, and the relationship between theatrical cinema, television and the rise of alternative media platforms.

FILM 3350: Topics in Asian Cinema (crosslisted with CHIN 3050)
Winter: Mondays, 18:05 – 20:55
Instructor: Shannon Brownlee
Taught at Dalhousie.
Each year will focus on specific topics as explored in the cinema of various Asian countries. Particular attention will be paid to how Asian filmmakers employ different cinematic genres in their treatments of diverse aspects of Asian societies and cultures. This year’s topic is Chinese Cinemas.

RELS 3356.2: Religions in Film
Winter: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30-12:45.
Instructor: Syed Adnan Hussein
Taught at St Mary’s
Feature films and documentaries about religions and religious issues have proliferated in recent years. This course will examine a variety of topics which may include: how selected religious traditions such as Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are presented in films; how films depict religious symbols and religious life, how religious and ethical issues are presented in the film narratives and documentary discussions.

FHIS 3850: History and Criticism of Documentary Film
Winter: Tuesdays, 08:30 – 12:30
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, socialeconomic class, propaganda and the critical theory and practice of alternative perspectives and subject positions.

FILM 4392: Point of View in the Cinema
Winter: Thursdays, 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.