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Fall 2012

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HUM147 - Popular Cinema
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the popular genres of feature films, including science-fiction, Westerns, spy and suspense films, musicals, horror and crime films. Explores the feature film as a reflection of contemporary society. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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HUM160 - An Introduction to the Culture, History, and Arts of Italy
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Immerses students in the general culture, myths, legends, history of Italy through participation in the Study Abroad Program. Explores key cultural elements and historical events of Italy: its mythology, folklore, art, music, literature, and major political events. Provides critical insights into Italy’s contributions to world culture and civilization. Through field trips, discussions, “laboratory” experiences and extensive writing. Participation in the Study Abroad program required.

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HUM191 - Thriller Films
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents an in-depth examination of one of the most popular and elusive of film genres -the suspense thriller- by tracing its history from the early film-noir offerings to the relevant cautionary thrillers of today. Analyzes the structural terrains that comprise the genre and the various theories regarding our fascination with them. Prerequisite: completion of Genesee Community College's reading requirement.

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HUM205 - Thriller Films
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents an in-depth examination of one of the most popular and elusive of film genres—the suspense thriller—by tracing its history from the early film-noir offerings to the relevant cautionary thrillers of today. Analyzes the structural terrains that comprise the genre and the various theories regarding our fascination with them. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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HUM220 - Western Humanities 1
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Searches for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization, from the beginnings to 1600. The course provides a narrative history of the designated period. Writing-intensive. Summer only. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 105.

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HUM240 - Horror in Films
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Traces our fascination with horror stories and explores certain formulaic horror sequences and images that have become staples of popular culture. Investigates the staying power of horror myths and legends (e.g. Dracula, Jeckyll and Hyde, and Frankenstein). Charts the transformation of real horror into artificial horror in an effort to distinguish between terror and horror. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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HUM242 - Female Role in Film
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines how American films from 1920 to the present depict women in a variety of genres: melodrama, romance, comedy, film noir, etc. Studies how societal changes affected the way women were presented in Hollywood. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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HUM244 - Film Comedy
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines comic films about 20th century life, politics, morality, and science. Moves from zany, screwball comedy to slapstick comedy and then to sophisticated comedy, including the works of such master comics as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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HUM245 - Hitchcock Films
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents an in-depth examination of Alfred Hitchcock's directorial style and its formation from 1922-1976. Analyzes one of Hitchcock's favorite themes; an innocent man involved through unusual circumstances, falsely accused of murder, and forced to find the real murderer himself. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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HUM246 - American Cinema
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores Hollywood motion pictures as an art form, as an industry, and as a system of representation and communication. Examines how Hollywood films work technically, artistically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge American's national self-image. Defines elements of film language, such as shot, cinematography, film noir, mise en scene, and montage. Studies popular genres such as Westerns, comedy, and combat film. Students learn to become active and critical viewers. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

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