January at Hofstra

The Herbert School is offering a number of unique course options this January. I encourage you to check them out below and to see your faculty advisor if you have any questions.

RTVF 025: Introduction to Digital Media (3 credits) CRN 10154
January 3-13 M-F 10:00-2:00pm – Professor Carlo Gennarelli

An introduction to digital editing and digital media theory, creation, and management. Studies include fundamental non-linear editing techniques, basic graphic design, repurposing and manipulating aural and visual materials, digital compression and practical online distribution.  Students are required to be available for production work beyond scheduled class time. Open to all BA and BS Television majors.

RTVF 110: Introduction to Screenwriting (3 credits) CRN 10134
January 3-23 Distance Learning – Professor William Jennings

This course introduces students to the basic principles of telling stories for the screen with an emphasis on concept development and the crafting of original ideas, as well as the structural foundations of premise, character and plot. Students will learn formatting, treatment writing, and become familiar with industry-standard scriptwriting programs. The course will culminate in the completion of a polished short screenplay. Prerequisite: RTVF 010: Introduction to Cinema Studies.

RTVF 180DH: New York and Film Culture (3 credits) CRN 10159
January 3-20 M-TH 1:00-5:00pm – Professor Isabella Freda

This course will provide an intensive overview of the way that New York has been a central component in the history of film, beginning with its starring role as a location and continuing to its history as a vital site of film production and exhibition and a creative powerhouse for writers and actors. While important as a site of narrative film production its importance as the hotbed of the avant-garde, with figures like Andy Warhol producing provocative “underground” films in his “Factory,” is also examined. Actors cut their teeth here studying at the Actors Studio, then moving to Hollywood. Others came in the other direction, seeking the rewards of Broadway and live performance. The world came to know the city from its portrayal in hundreds of films, and so the city came to stand for a way of life, and not necessarily an “American” one. How has New York stood out over the years, and why? Over the course of three weeks, students will pursue this question as we read about these films, filmmakers, and actors and watch feature length and short films and clips drawn from the huge body of work shot in New York. We will also take a number of trips into Manhattan to visit some of the key locations in this history, including film locations and important archives and museums, such as Anthology Film Archives and the Museum of Modern Art. Films to be viewed and discussed include On the Waterfront, Stranger than Paradise, Killer’s Kiss, Wall Street, Desperately Seeking Susan, Klute, The Naked City, The Cool World, Shaft, Barefoot in the Park, Chelsea Girls, Rosemary’s Baby, Raging Bull, The Godfather, Working Girl, The Out-of-Towners….and many others.

PR 180K: Cognitive Science and Public Relations (3 credits) CRN 10165
January 3-13 Distance Learning – Professor Kara Alaimo

This special topics course will analyze what the latest cognitive science literature teaches public relations professionals about how to most effectively engage and persuade. We will study how the human brain processes and assesses information and how public relations practitioners can use this knowledge to craft messages that are perceived as favorable and credible. We will also assess the ethics and social implications of the use of such strategies. Students will develop their own public relations campaigns based upon this knowledge. Prerequisite: PR 100 – Fundamentals of Public Relations.

MASS 001: Mass Media – History and Development (3 credits) CRN 10132
January 3-23 M-F 9:00-12:00pm – Professor Richard Bambrick

A survey course, from colonial times to the present, emphasizes the social and political roles of the media–against a historical background and against evolving changes in society. An international and cross-cultural approach is used to examine the contributions made by media pioneers in different parts of the world.

JRNL 001: Media Ethics (3 credits) CRN 10131
January 3-23 M-F 12:50-4:35pm – Professor Richard Bambrick

This course offers an examination of the fundamental ethical principles of media essential to democratic self-government. As media become ever more central to civil society and community, the ways in which messages frame issues are more directly related to individual values, beliefs and world views. Students need not arrive at the same set of moral principles, but they are encouraged to develop the moral reasoning and acuity necessary to arrive at a coherent and consistent moral framework. The course involves extensive use of case studies in addition to primary and secondary readings in the history, principles and practices of media as seen through journalism, public relations and general media.