Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2012/2013
Canadian Excellence

Film Studies
Department of English & Film Studies

The Film Studies program at Laurier places an emphasis on international film history, the distinctive character of film as a medium, and individual films as texts. Our courses explore questions of film genre, gender, aesthetics, theory, and technological transformation — placing film in the context of the liberal arts and in relation to a wide variety of cultural, historical and political concerns. Through regular screenings, discussion, readings and assignments, our courses provide opportunities for students to think and write critically about film. In the wide range of courses offered, students perform close textual analyses of film texts, exploring issues of aesthetics and representation. Students also investigate the commercial, historical, political, and economic contexts that affect and govern the production of film. Students will acquire skills that promote intellectual growth, critical and interdisciplinary thinking, and successful careers after university.

Honours BA, Honours BA in combination and Minor:

Department of English & Film Studies

Full-Time Faculty
Notes: FS Courses

  1. Film Studies courses at the 100 level consist of 3 lecture/tutorial hours and 2 film-viewing hours. Courses at the 200, 300 and 400 level consist of 3 lecture/discussion hours and 2 film-viewing hours. Films are in English or with English subtitles. Senior Film Studies courses are not available to Year 1 students.
  2. Prerequisites: 300-level courses are open to students who have completed 1.0 credit in FS courses.
Seminar Courses

The 400 level seminar courses given below, are available to Year 4 Honours Film Studies students only. Other students may be admitted by permission of the department.

Course Offerings
Course # Title Credits
FS101 Film and Narrative [1] 0.5
FS102 Film and the Image [2] 0.5
FS103 Film and Genre 0.5
FS209 Special Topics in Film Studies [3] 0.5
FS239 Japanese Film [4] 0.5
FS240 Film History to 1950 0.5
FS241 Film History since 1950 0.5
FS243 The Film-Director as Artist 0.5
FS244 Canadian Film 0.5
FS245 Documentary Film 0.5
FS246 German Film 0.5
FS249 Detective Film 0.5
FS250 French Film 0.5
FS251 Film Comedy 0.5
FS252 Film Noir 0.5
FS253 Gangster Film 0.5
FS254 Science Fiction Film 0.5
FS257 The Western 0.5
FS260 Youth Culture in Film 0.5
FS263 Film and Theatre 0.5
FS264 American Film, 1929-1969 0.5
FS270 The Animated Film 0.5
FS301 Contemporary European Film [5] 0.5
FS309 Special Topics in Film Studies [6] 0.5
FS330 Italian Film 0.5
FS331 Script Reading and Writing 0.5
FS333 East Asian Film 0.5
FS341 Classical Film Theory 0.5
FS342 Contemporary Film Theory 0.5
FS344 American Film since 1969 0.5
FS345 Film Theory and Mass Media 0.5
FS346 Film Theory and Gender 0.5
FS349 Film Theory and Melodrama 0.5
FS350 Film Musical 0.5
FS354 Film Sound 0.5
FS355 Indigenous Film 0.5
FS360 World Cinemas 0.5
FS361 Horror and Gothic Film 0.5
FS362 Gender and Film 0.5
FS363 Brecht, Godard, Hollywood 0.5
FS365 Spanish Film 0.5
FS366 The Cinematic City 0.5
FS440 Topics in Film Theory [7] 0.5
FS443 Topics in Gender and Genre [8] 0.5
FS444 Topics in Film and the Other Arts 0.5
FS446 Topics in Film and History [9] 0.5
FS447 Topics in Film and Technology [10] 0.5
FS489 Directed Studies 0.5

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Deletions March 8, 2012: FS248, FS441, FS442, FS445 deleted;effective September 1, 2012.

  1. Senate Revision April 16, 2012: FS101 Description change; effective September 1, 2012.

  2. Senate Revision April 16, 2012: FS102 Description change; effective September 1, 2012.

  3. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS209 New course; effective September 1, 2012.

  4. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS239 New course; effective September 1, 2012.

  5. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS301 Course number change; effective September 1, 2012.

  6. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS309 Course number change; effective September 1, 2012.

  7. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS440 Title change and description added; effective September 1, 2012.

  8. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS443 Title change and description added; effective September 1, 2012.

  9. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS446 New course; effective September 1, 2012.

  10. Senate Revision March 8, 2012: FS447 New course; effective September 1, 2012.