Film History/Theory Courses

Over the years, I have taught a variety of film History and Theory courses. My classes allow students to learn about the fundamentals of film theory and production, and allow for opportunities to develop their own projects. I keep materials current and relevant to the issues of the day.


Introduction to the Study of Film (ENGL/FLM/FLPA/JRN 217)

This course is offered both on campus, as well as via distance education and online delivery. This is an appreciation course designed to introduce the student to the various forms of cinematic art with special emphasis on humanistic and artistic aspects.

Sample Syllabus


Movies and Films – Black Lives Matter Focus – Writing Intensive (FLPA/ENGL 334) – Fall 2020

During the Covid-19 epidemic, this course content was modified to provide students with greater flexibility, and accounted for the variety of circumstances our students were facing while working/studying at home without access to the University campus. A variety of films were on the selection list – always including choices which were family-friendly. Films which were informed by the Black Lives Matter movement were also highlighted as part of course discussions. Students had an opportunity to write screenplays or research papers as their final project.


Movies and Films – Post 9/11 Cinema – Writing Intensive (FLM/FLPA 334W)

This course is offered both on campus, as well as via distance education and online delivery.  This course examines war films in genre of pre 9/11 and post 9/11 cinema from around the world. Comparative analysis of classics and recent motion pictures is used to present elements of film language, analysis and criticism in this writing intensive course. Students had an opportunity to write screenplays or research papers as their final project.

Visit the class website to learn of the assignments and films screened in this course. 

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Cross-Cultural Filmmaking (ANTH/ART/FLM/FLPA 460)

FLPA F460      Cross-cultural Filmmaking      (h)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Explore filmmaking through cultural knowledge, decolonized methodologies, and documentary filmmaking techniques to create content reflective of cultural and/or scientific knowledge. Develop film work with a theoretical base for cultural understanding, scientific communications, and educational potentials. Basic pre-production, production, and post-production processes will be explored within a multi-cultural communications framework.

Prerequisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing.

Cross-listed with ANTH F460ART F460.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

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A documentary for the Rural Alaska Honors Institute was initiated by the Cross Cultural Filmmaking Course in 2012.

For a sample of work completed by students in this course please see the RAHI Portfolio. 


To register for these and other University of Alaska classes, please visit: uaonline.alaska.edu.