Take a Class (or two!) with Me at Queens College, 6/29 – 8/6/15
I will be teaching two courses in the Sociology Department of Queens College from June 29 – August 6, 2015. The classes are “Sociology of Cinema” soc 249-01 (7863) and “Mass Communication and Popular Culture” soc 218-01 (7862).
“Mass Communication and Popular Culture – soc 218-01 (7862). This course examines the role of media in terms of how it frames a narrative, including the malleable nature of truth. The course also looks at how media can create instant celebrities and, on the flip side, how media can be used for social action. The class also looks at how government tries to punish those whose use of media it does not approve. While the course examines current media related issues, it also uses media: narrative films, documentaries, TV and internet to illustrate its points. In addition the class has an array of fascinating guest filmmakers who come to class, in person and via Skype.
“Sociology of Cinema” soc 249-01 (7863). Sex, drugs, alcohol, gangsters (and those are just the films from 1930 – 1934!). “Sociology of Cinema” looks at cinema from the point of view of what was occurring in society at a particular time and how this affected the movies being produced. Topics include Film Noir, Pre-Code and Post Code Hollywood which includes Gangster Films, Social Issue Films, Sin Movies and films of the 1970s, a time of major upheaval for Hollywood.