CTS Cinema & Technocultural Studies

Courses in CTS:
CTS 012Introduction to Media Computation (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Introduction to key computational ideas necessary to understand and produce digital media. Fundamentals of programming are covered as well as analysis of how media are represented and transmitted in digital form. Aimed primarily at non-computer science students. (Same course as ECS 012.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
CTS 040AMedia History 1, Guttenberg to Oppenheimer (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. History of Media to 1945, with particular focus on mechanically reproduced mass media technologies including the printing press, the newspaper, photography, cinema, radio and early computing technology. Analysis of inter-related cultural and political topics. (Same course as STS 040A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
CTS 040BMedia History 2 1945-Present (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): CTS 040A. History of media from 1945 to present, with particular focus on the development of the computer, digital network and internet technologies in the context of other media infrastructures like radio, television and satellite networks. Analysis of inter-related cultural/political topics. (Same course as STS 040B.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
CTS 041BHistory of Cinema from 1945 to the present (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Examination of cinema in the postwar period. Study of world cinema trends and the economic and socio-political conditions enabling innovative work in the film industry. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
CTS 116Design on Screen (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Analysis of the contribution of outstanding designers for cinema, television and filmed entertainment. Study of diverse aesthetic theories of production design and art direction, costume design, or cinematography. Introductory principles and practice, history. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when topic differs. (Same course as DRA 116.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
CTS 124ECostume Design for Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): DRA 024; or Consent of Instructor. Pass One restricted to Theatre and Dance majors. Theory and practice of the art and business of film costume design. Script analysis, costume research, developing design concepts, budgeting, and current production practices and methods. Execution of designs for period and contemporary films. Viewing of current films. (Same course as DRA 124E.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
CTS 146AModern Iranian Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Productions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowledge of Persian not required. (Same course as MSA 131A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
CTS 146BModern South Asia Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. South Asian cinema of last 100 years in the context of cultural, social, and political changes. South Asian history, Independence, Partition, urban life, class, migration, postcolonial identity, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, sport, performance, etc. (Same course as MSA 131B, ANT 147.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
CTS 147AChinese Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIS 009A; Or any course on traditional China; upper division standing. English language survey of Chinese film, from its inception to the end of the twentieth century. Chinese films as important texts for understanding national, transnational, racial, gender, and class politics of modern China. (Same course as CHN 101.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
CTS 148BJapanese Literature on Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Survey of films based on works of Japanese literature, emphasis on pre-modern and early modern texts. Introduction to major directors of Japan, with a focus on cinematic adaptation. Lectures and readings in English. Films in Japanese with English subtitles. (Same course as JPN 156.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
CTS 150Media Theory (5) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Critical and theoretical approaches to the emergence of new technologies since the invention of photography. Examine various approaches to media (formalist, semiotic, structuralist, Frankfurt School, cybernetics, visual and gamer theory). (Same course as STS 151.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
CTS 162Surveillance Technologies & Social Media (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): TCS 001 or STS 020. Study of the ubiquitous presence of CCTV, face recognition software, global tracking systems, biosensors, and data mining practices that have made surveillance part of our daily life. Study boundaries between security and control, information and spying. (Same course as STS 162.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
CTS 172Video Games & Culture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): TCS 001 or ENL 003 or STS 001; or equivalent of these courses. Critical approaches to the study of video games, focusing on formal, historical, and cultural modes of analysis. History of software and hardware in North American and global contexts. Relations of games to society, politics, economics, literature, media, and the arts. (Same course as STS 172, ENL 172.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, VL. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
CTS 174Acting for Camera (4) Active
Lecture/Lab—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Analysis and practice of acting skills required for camera work and digital media. May be repeated up to 8 Unit(s) when instructor differs. (Same course as DRA 174.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Spring Quarter.