Take a Class (or two!) with Me at Queens College, 6/29 – 8/6/15

Unknown-2I 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.


About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

Posted on June 9, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. These are such great blurbs. No doubt you will be inundated with Nubile registrants!

    Sent from my iPhone


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