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Film (Woods College) Courses (ADFM) Woods College of Advancing Studies


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
ADFM 1241 Film: Literature and Law Summer 3
Course Description

Interest in the rapport between film and literature as it relates to the law intrigues us as much today as ever. Literature captures the drama of a legal trial or an investigation into a brutal, racial murder. Film then takes this rich material and shapes it into a compelling form with dynamic visuals and other narrative techniques. The course explores the power of story-telling and the impact of film to embody and inhabit law and its relationship to ideas about inferiority, liberty, citizenry, race, justice, crime, punishment, and social order. Film adaptations from short stories, plays, and novellas will comprise the body of the curriculum.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ADEN2244

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ADFM 1382 Documentary Film Spring 4
Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide a history of the evolution of the documentary film, as well to develop a critical skill in interpreting documentaries. Parallels in American history and literature will be included in order to offer an historical and literary context. The student should be able to identify the various elements of documentaries in their historical setting and indicate the type of technique and format used to convey a narrative.


Instructor(s): John Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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ADFM 1383 Film Criticism and Theory Fall 3
Course Description

Literature and film have shared a symbiotic relationship from the birth of the cinema at the end of the 19th century, since plays, novels, and short stories became the source for many films. This course will focus on the various styles of adaptation to the screen with an emphasis on writing exercises which will include blurbs, newspaper reviews, comic-critiques, and will end with a short scholarly article. The material will be drawn from a Civil War short story by Ambrose Bierce, a hard-boiled Noir novel, and other popular literary works covering diverse genres.


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Prerequisites: None

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ADFM 2101 The Cold War Revisited On Screen Spring 4
Course Description

Since the rise of Communism in Russia following the 1917 revolution, Americans have had a profound ambivalence toward Russia. During almost a century since the revolution, the relationship froze, thawed, and iced over again, only to be in abeyance in recent days of a Russian crackdown on civic freedoms, the growth of the Russian Mafia, and the return to power of former KGB official, Vladimir Putin. The socio-political power of film follows parallel to the ideological changes in the relationship of the two countries. This course will provide the student with the history of America’s rapport with the Soviet Union focusing especially on the period of the Cold War.


Schedule: Periodically

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Prerequisites: None

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