Course Info.

Course Number, Title, Description

CMS 4800 Selected Topics in CMS
Seminar in Communication and Media Studies topics. May be repeated when topics vary up to four times without departmental approval. (Junior-level standing required)
FILM 4800 Special Topics in Film
This rotating topics course focuses on either contemporary production practices in film and television and teaches fundamental terminology and concepts through hands-on hardware and software skills or on a media criticism topic. May be repeated if topics vary. (Junior-level standing required)

Credit Hours

3 credit hours (3-0-3)

Goals and Outcomes

The goals for this course goals with program outcomes 1-5 of the Communication and Media Studies (CMS) program.

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

  1.  Analyze media “framing” as a contested cultural practice.
  2.  Analyze the influence of Hong Kong cinema on key cultural practices that distinguished early Hip Hop, including the battle, the cypher, and the foundation.
  3. Analyze the influence of Blaxploitation cinema on Hip Hop as a cultural form.
  4.  Analyze the influence of Hollywood gangster movies on the evolution of Hip Hop as a cultural form, as it transitioned from a practice based in live performance to one centered on the production and sale of recorded music.