Summer 2015

DMS Summer 2015 Course Schedule

DMS 515 Cinema Poetics Survey
Glazier, Loss :: Online

The question to be undertaken in this online course is: what are the poetics of cinema? “Poetics” here means, how art is made — conceived, imagined, realized, and appreciated. In this course we will screen some of the great films in mid-century to late-century film with emphasis on directors like Fellini, Almodovar, and Kurosawa (and possibly Passolini, Di Sica, and Antonioni) with an eye to those devastating moments in these works that give them lasting impact. We will read a few key essays about film and poetics, along with specific filmic poetic works to gain insight into what makes film expressive, how language and film are interwoven, and what it means “to make” in this especially contemporary medium. This is a course about understanding film, making image artworks, and engaging poetics. This course allows you to view and understand some films truly central to contemporary cinema, to view them with a poet’s eyes, and to be able to appreciate the content of these works, essential to future goals as a film student, filmmaker, appreciator of great works, or as one who wishes to work in film or in writing. In “Cinema Poetics Survey”, one gains an understanding of the role of image in imagination, of films as language/language as filmic, and of “poetics” as making, expressing, and exploring our perceptions and ideas.

DMS 517 Facebook And The Economy of Likes
Karppi,Tero Jukka :: Online

This online course focuses on facebook and critically examines how facebook makes money out of its users. Through weekly readings and online discussions we will examine facebook’s advertising and data mining mechanisms and the new modes of power these mechanisms entail. During the class you will follow your own facebook feed and write a reflective journal of the effectiveness and accuracy, failures and success of facebook advertising. The objectives of the class are a) to give theoretical tools to critically analyze social media platforms such as facebook, b) to analyze and understand our online connectivity, and c) to give abillties to gather and analyze social media related research material.