A college course can be more than just memorizing equations and reaching a word count. These unique classes are where watching movies and listening to music are the center of discussion at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. Seeing why and how the art of movies and music have such a profound effect on our society and culture throughout history and into today are worth checking out.
Students at UNG now have the chance to watch scary movies for a grade in the “Horror Cinema” course. Dr. Candice Wilson, a film and digital media professor, will take students through the history and art of horror filmmaking for the media studies course.
“While often considered a low art form, horror cinema continues to fascinate and rule box offices, hinting at greater complexities that hide beneath its surface,” Wilson said.
Spanning across “pre-and-post World War II” years, students will watch and read about different films as a class, in an effort to expand the cultural knowledge and enhance critical skills. Students will also “consider the role of gender, race, trauma and history in the production of horror and horrifying bodies” across nations such as Japan, France, Germany, South America, Canada, Italy, South Korea and the United States.
“My aim is to make this course as discussion-based as possible, allowing students the freedom to often dictate the direction the classroom will take through their critical expression,” Wilson said.
The class is being offered for the first summer session in June.
Bob Dylan featured in “Selected Topics”
Slated as an English “Selected Topics” course, this is not a new addition to UNG’s catalog, but will be offered this summer. Professor Chris Bell is currently teaching a class centered on the work of songwriter Bob Dylan. After Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature last fall, Bell figured a class on the music icon was in order.
Bell treats the subject matter as he would for any other writer. Being an English 4000 level course, examining Dylan’s technique of writing poetic language, and how his lyricism evolves over time is also part of the course description. Students will look at the different phases of Dylan’s career, and at the times Dylan registered social unrest through his songs, paintings and writings.
“Although the class itself is unique to UNG, it is not unusual,” Bell said. “A professor at Harvard has taught a Dylan class several times over the past 15 years, for instance.”
Students who have not successfully completed their Area C elective cannot take the class.