By now, you’re probably finalizing your course registration. But if you’re stuck on a waitlist or still looking for a great course with an open seat, try one of these:
JOUR-UA 204-061: Style NY: Covering the Fashion Industry
Fashion and style have always been integral to the magazine industry—from the mainstream, runway-inspired glossies that thrive on the latest trends like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Marie Claire to daily papers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Whether online or in print, great fashion writing expresses an opinion and makes connections to the past, present, and the future. This class will explore reviewing fashion shows, writing trend pieces, long-form stories, and profiles. It will also delve heavily into the fast-paced world of blogs and social media from Twitter and Instagram to Snapchat and Vine—touching on the differences and similarities of each medium. Finally, we will also practice techniques for real-world situations such as interview skills and navigating the world of PR agencies. There will be guest speakers from different facets of the fashion industry.
JOUR-UA 503-060: Culture Vulture
Have you ever gone to a four-star/two-thumbs up film and fallen asleep? Do you wonder why novels about love and family by men are Great Novels and novels about love and family by women are chick lit? Could your grandma paint some of that stuff in the Museum of Modern Art? Culture Vulture is a course in reading, writing and thinking about the art of criticism. Students will be introduced to some of the best and most important cultural critics and to some of the key critical debates of the last decades. What makes something “high” or “low” culture? Is “taste” just a matter of opinion? How much does the race of an author matter? Why can we scream at a concert but talk in whispers at a museum? Now that the Internet has made everyone a critic, do the “official” critics matter? We’ll take advantage of our location in New York city and inhale culture — art, film, theater, books, TV — and then learn to write about it, both as arts reporters and as cultural critics.
JOUR-UA 204-060: Eat NYC: Food Reporting & Writing
Using NYC as our classroom, we’ll find fresh ways to discover, pitch and tell the stories of those who grow, make, and serve the foods we savor. We’ll bring them to life in a variety of formats—personal narrative, trend pieces, restaurant reviews—with the goal of pitching your best work to your favorite food publication or website. You’ll meet guest speakers from the world of food and food journalism, get comfortable interviewing strangers, analyze the state of food journalism, taste and critique new foods, review a NYC restaurant or neighborhood, and develop, pitch, research, report and write (and rewrite!) stories of varying length, all optimized for digital and social promotion.
ITAL-UA 20: Intensive Elementary Italian
Want to work on your Italian language skills? This course completes the equivalent of Intermediate Italian I and II in one semester. You’ll be fluent in no time.
HIST-UA 112: Rabbis, Radicals, Racketeers
This course will explore the history of New York by looking at the major works of Jewish literature written in the city. Students will learn about New York’s politics, culture, and economy, how Jewish authors interpreted these developments, and what their creative works reveal about larger questions in modern, urban America.
HBRJD-UA 948: Forbidden Love: Politics of Desire in Israeli Cinema
Through the various representations of forbidden love in contemporary Israeli cinema, this class will touch upon core issues with which Israeli society contends today – from the religious/secular divide to homoerotic relationships and queer culture to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the memory of the Holocaust. Some of the questions that we will investigate are: How is desire mobilized and channeled on the national and communal level? How are the boundaries defined between objects which are to be loved and those that are forbidden? And how can we move from perceiving emotions as inner private matters to perceiving them as political forces? By reading contemporary critical texts in cultural studies, we will analyze the ways in which cinematic representations have attempted to narrate these core issues through their engagement with impossible love
COLIT-UA 14: Film and Text
“What do we need to learn to read films as texts?” In this course, we will develop a critical language that will enable us to read the various aspects that come together to create both a cinematic narrative and an aesthetic style: mise-en-scène, editing, cinematography, sound design, generic conventions, stars/actors/auteurs. We will watch and discuss films together and slowly gain the valuable skills of making sense of what we see on the screen. Our theme will be (post)colonial cinema of the 20th and 21st century. Our end-goal will be two-fold: to contextually analyze a film in its formal qualities and to become aware of the ways that film can contribute to historical debates, filling in gaps, speaking to silences, highlighting confusion and undoing forgetfulness.
CLASS-UA 291: Crafting Lies: Ancient Propaganda
This course will cover propaganda in the ancient Greek and Roman world. The focus of the class will be specifically on literary propaganda and its effects whether it appears overtly or covertly. Also, the consequences of this propaganda on political institutions, government, mass culture, and society as a whole will be discussed. We will be reading primary sources such as Vergil and Plato, and then connecting these authors to modern propaganda and commercial advertising.