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Apr 18,2014
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CNTP 101 - FIRST YEAR TOPICS
The Contemporary Arts Interdisciplinary Seminar is a team-taught course designed to introduce students to the four disciplines represented in the School of Contemporary Arts: Communications, Theater, visual Arts, and Music.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

First Year Seminar Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

CNTP 198 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 199 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 220 - CINEMA, POPULAR ARTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE
(Study Abroad) This intensive study abroad program explores alternative cinema, popular theater, dance and other expressions of popular culture within the context of the country's social, political and economical transformation. The course pays special attention to the period that followed the economic crisis 2001/2002, a period that resulted in increased social movements, and in the flourishing of the popular arts as an instrument for contributing to social change by exposing the social reality and/or proposing a different one. Students explore the various topics through readings, lectures, walking tours, field trips and opportunities for original research involving interviews with local artists. Based on their interests and expertise students will develop a multimedia project by taking still photographs and/or video images, writing articles and conducting interviews.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

CNTP 290 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 298 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 299 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 300 - IS-CONTEMPORARY ARTS

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 308 - THE SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY & HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
This course explores human rights issues through the study of social documentary films. Through class discussions of specific themes, film screenings, selected readings and the writing of film reviews and research papers, students become aware of the main issues surrounding the topic of human rights. We discuss economic, social and cultural rights, specified in the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS as referring to an adequate standard of living for food, shelter, medical care, education, among others. Throughout the course we learn about stories of struggle and resistance in relation to situations of human rights abuses. We screen documentary films dealing with gender issues, to discuss how women's rights are connected to economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights. We look at films dealing with the efforts of indigenous communities to protect their ancestral lands and their culture, and about groups who are especially vulnerable to certain kinds of human rights abuses, such as refugees. Many people become refugees because of human rights violations in their own countries, but many times they find a whole new set of human rights issues facing them in the country they are seeking refuge.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

CNTP 310 - BLACK EXPERIENCE IN MEDIA
This course will trace social-historical timelines, struggles, contributions and the social impact of African American media critics, image-makers, media entrepreneurs and entertainers. Starting with the contributions of Frederick Douglas and Ida B. Wells, and progressing to the contemporary works of Quincy Jones Bill Cosby, Bob Johnson( BET ) Spike Lee, Russell Simmons, Oprah Winfrey, Oggi Ogburn, Cornell West, Queen Latifah and Jay Z, we will tract and document developments and also examine the commonalities of how all people of color are affected by traditional gatekeeper "image-making" structures. The course will also re-examine the meaning of the term "minorities" and explore the social, political, cultural, economical, and psychological influences of media and parallel issues of diversity, gender and class from an African American perspective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Lecture/Online, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, MJ-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-Africian-Amer Stds, MJ-AMER- Amer Thought & Value, MJ-AMER-Advanced Cat Elective, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, WRITING INTENSIVE

CNTP 312 - CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM: FILM
This courses examines the powerful force of contemporary film in terms of its cultural, aesthetic, entertainment, economic, technological, and political influences, with particular focus on the way sin which the globalization of media production and distribution has changed the media landscape. A key aspect of this course will be involving students in conceiving, researching, organizing, curating and promoting special film programs in both on-campus venues, such as the Communication Arts Cinematheque, and also in the larger community, acquainting students with knowledge of the expanding non-traditional and alternative venues in which films/media are screened and studied for both education, activist, and entertainment purposes. One of the dominant art forms of the 20th Century, its power as a cultural and aesthetic force cannot be separated from nor fully comprehended without consideration of the cultural industrial, economic, technological, and ideological context that have shaped its evolution. This course will also examine the important changes in the structure of the film industry that occurred during the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century, with specific attention to the ways in which these changes in funding, production, distribution, and exhibition of films have resulted in a significant change in the "content" of films, e.g., in the film "texts" themselves. The most important of these elements has been the expanding global and international character of the film industry; this has resulted both in global and international co-productions generating films set in a wider range of cultural and national contexts and also wider distribution of films across national borders. At the other end are micro cinema filmmakers (the new "independents") and international political grassroots organizations (e.g., the Zapastistas in Mexico) that produce on a shoestring and distribute through the Internet and alternative community venues and networks, seeking both to strengthen local communities and to develop international support networks.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar, Studio

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

CNTP 313 - SYMBOLISM AND MEDIA IMAGE
By studying how the unconscious expresses itself through today's media images, students will learn to analyze the art and minds of America's pop icons. Based on Jung's Analytical Psychology, this course will unveil the issues surrounding gender conflict, dream symbolism, and psychological motifs. Equally important, it will allow students to learn more about their own motivations, aspirations, and romantic engagements! Classes are built on group discussion and the screening of feature films, TV sitcoms, cartoons, and pop music lyrics. Satisfies CA upper level core. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

CNTP 315 - ART ON THE INTERNET
This is an interdisciplinary asynchronous seminar using WebCt as an online learning environment for individual and group research relating to how art and technology impact each other and society. There has been an explosion of Net Art- work that requires Internet connection to make and view. We will look at examples of the still young history of this medium and compare it to Video Art and other new media art forms. There is considerable independent reading, writing, and research beyond the required readings and artist websites.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Online Course

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level, TS-Sch Core- SCP Category

CNTP 320 - BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH THEATER
This course will examine the form and function of African American theater from the perspectives of some of its major presenters and participators. We will trace the development of African American theater from its African roots to minstrels, to the plays of integration and protest, and finally analyze examples of today's Black theater activity, including writers such as Suzan-Lori Parks and August Wilson.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-Africian-Amer Stds, MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

CNTP 323 - SEXUAL POL GENDER&FILM RPRSNTN
Films speak directly to the subconscious, allowing us to identify deeply with their characters. Because of this, film becomes a very powerful force in the development of individuals as gendered subjects, binding us to traditional gender models. This course looks at films from various cultures, from China and India to Latin America and the United States. We use readings, film clips and class discussions to analyze the way many films reinforce learned definitions of masculinity and femininity and how others contest media representation and gender stereotyping, challenging accepted film norms in both forms and content.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Screening, Seminar, Studio

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, CA-School Core-300 Level

CNTP 325 - MEDIA SPORTS AND SOCIETY
Media Sports and Society is a course designed for students interested in researching and examining sports and media as an extension of popular culture in society. Classroom discussions do not presume in depth experiences in sports or a detailed knowledge of sports jargon and statistics. The goal is to push students to think more critically about sports and how sports are related to their social lives. We will use concepts, theories, history and research as tools that will enable you to "dig into" sports and see them as more than activities that simply reflect the world we live in. The course will also trace and examine electronic media history and the transformations of sport and leisure from Roman and Greek ritualistic ceremonies to high-tech sports-entertainment spectacles. Combining media-sports history, with revealing mass-media research, the course will also examine the enormous impact media and sports has on issues of gender, race, sociology, politics and psychology of human behavior associated with sports. Equally important, the course will carefully examine multi-disciplinary issues and major events connected with the emergence of sports as a global-commercial enterprise.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture/Online, Online Course, Seminar, Studio

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, CA-School Core-300 Level, WRITING INTENSIVE

CNTP 327 - GLOBAL MULTICULTURAL MEDIA ISSUES
What kind of information do we get from print and electronic media about the world and our own society? Do they tell us what we need to know to make informed decisions about world and domestic issues? This course explores the ways in which the ownership and structure of media in the U.S. and internationally contribute to the coverage of domestic and global issues. Particular attention will be given to the relationship of the growing diversity (racially, ethnically, and by gender), and stratification (rich and poor) in U.S. society to the global crisis of poverty, the environment, racism, and social disintegration. Satisfies CA upper level core requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Screening

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Race & Ethnicity, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES, WRITING INTENSIVE

CNTP 328 - GOOD & EVIL IN DESIGN,FILM & VISUAL MEDIA

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES, WRITING INTENSIVE

CNTP 347 - AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA
One of the most relevant developments in American culture of the last two decades is the emergence of independent cinema as a viable alternative to Hollywood. Cinema is one of the dominant art forms of the 20th Century but its influences in our society can't be fully understood until we consider the complex, dissonant and diverse voices coming from the independent film movement. This course examines the socio-economic, political and artistic forces that led to the rise of American independent cinema and the artistic and political impact of independent movies in depicting the cinema of the "other America." This course on critical issues in American independent cinema will analyze contemporary independent movies as a form of counter-cultural expression and multi-diverse production with the goal of proficiency in understanding and analyzing the manner in which visual language, genre forms, narrative structures, and modes of production generate meaning(s) to diverse contemporary audiences. Satisfies CA upper level core.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course, Screening, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER-Amer Artistic Express, MJ-AMER-Advanced Cat Elective, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, WRITING INTENSIVE

CNTP 348 - LATINO IMAGES AND HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood films have often represented the Latin American population as a monolithic block, ignoring national, class, race, and gender differences. If we relied on Hollywood for our perception of Latinos, we would think the majority were bandits, seductive men and sensual women. This course analyzes the evolving patterns of Hollywood's representation of Latino reality, from the early portrayals of "greasers" in silent films, to the seductive images created during Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy, to the ambiguity of contemporary films. It also explores efforts by Latin American and U.S. Latino filmmakers to develop alternative portrayals of their experiences. We screen samples of both mainstream and alternative films and we read and discuss critical essays and selected articles.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Screening, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Race & Ethnicity, MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER-Amer Artistic Express, MJ-AMER-Advanced Cat Elective, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

CNTP 350 - DIGITAL CULTURE
Digital technology continues to insinuate itself into our lives at an ever-increasing pace. This course will take a critical look at the ways in which digital technology changes how we create, communicate and build culture. Digital Culture is a senior seminar which will explore advanced theoretical issues surrounding the growth of digital technologies as they pertain to creativity. We will delve deeper into the critical issues raised as our creative output--from writing to image-making to music--moves into the realm of the circuit. Digital media has provided the opportunity, as no other technology has before, for working across disciplines. As creative endeavor moves from physically-based media into the digital realm, it becomes easier to combine, and to collaborate over distance through digital networks. What are the precedents? What are the implications?
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Online Course, Seminar, Studio

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

CNTP 363 - MEDIA AND CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA
This interdisciplinary course will combine in-depth analysis of media and culture through screening, discussions, lectures, and projects based on the Latin American Video Archives of Ramapo College, a unique collection of tapes by Latin Americans telling their own stories. Students will further expand their knowledge of Latin America and communications through assisting in sub-titling, researching, identifying, and/or promoting new Archive Print Video acquisitions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Screening, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

CNTP 388 - CO-OP/INTERNSHIP CONTEMPORARY ARTS
An academic program in which students are placed in work positions relevant to their academic majors and career goals. The program integrates academic work on-campus with supervised off-campus work experience in both the public and private sectors. Students may take up to two Co-ops in their academic career at Ramapo College. Students must be at least a Sophomore and have a 2.0 or better average to be eligible. Transfer students must have completed at least 16 credits at Ramapo.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Co-Op

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 390 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. CNTP 390 SPORTS FILMS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY. Sports is forever linked to popular culture and an important subject for film, offering opportunities for screen exploration and representation of action, high drama, image and character development, achievement, power and so on. This course will pursue the questions of what the sports domain offers to film and film studies, and which features of sports are selected and highlighted as a genre. Particular attention will be given to how dominant philosophies and ideologies shape sports film writing and productions as narrataives and how they are linked to issues of power and socialization within the industry-media and various forms of sports film criticism and analysis. The course will require students to read critically written aricles and reviews; and screen critically acclaimed sports movies and documentaries (PBS, ESPN, 30/30, HBO Sports). The course will also examine sport themes expressed in films, with special emphasis on themes that can abe compared with real sport experiences. For example: youth and aging in sports; sports in the country and the city; nationalism, racism, and sexism in sports; the individual versus the community (team) in sports; politics and the globalization of American sports.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 398 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 399 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: CONTEMPORARY ARTS

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study, Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 404 - THE DRAMATIC ELEMENT
Narratives -- stories -- are among civilizations earliest and most compelling creative forms. They allow us to feel with others, explore the human condition, and expand our understanding of man's relationship to man and to the larger society and culture to which he/she belongs. This course is based on an interdisciplinary approach to communications, theater, writing, film, etc.; and in many instances, we compare the use of the same thematic materials presented through various artistic "languages" (cinema, novel, short story, play, and screenplay).
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 410 - AMERICAN FILM GENRES AND REPRESENTATION OF CLASS, GENDER AND RACE
Classic American film genres can be viewed as contemporary social myths through which contradictions are explored and debated. This seminar will examine classical film genres as the gangster film, the crime film, and the melodrama to analyze the ways in which the conventions associated with genre films interact with the representation of class, race and gender. The course will include screenings, readings, and analysis dramatic structure, camera movement and editing, and the social and political context in which the films have been produced.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 411 - MEDIA AND SOCIETY
In a world growing ever more complicated, ever more rapidly, we are increasingly dependent on the mass media to describe and explain our world to us. How well the media fulfills this function profoundly affects us as individuals as well as affecting our entire social structure. For example, TV dinners are one reflection of substantial social changes resulting from the important role television plays in our daily lives. Students will select a topic of personal interest for investigation, resulting in a substantial research paper.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 414 - FROM FICTION TO FILM
How does the screen writer adapt a work of fiction for film? What are the concerns of the novelist as opposed to those of the filmmakers (director, writer, actors, etc)? What are the characteristic strengths and tools of one medium as compared with the other? How do we "read" a novel, "read" a film. Is it fair to condemn a film for "failing" to present a novel accurately? What works in a book and not on the screen? This course will seek answers to these questions by examining a series of novels and their screen adaptations representing world cultures and various eras. We will explore the fundamental qualities of the literary imagination and those of the cinematic imagination. The course will require extensive reading and considerable time spent viewing films outside of class. Fulfills CA upper level core requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 415 - JAZZ AND AMERICAN CULTURE
A study of the origins and development of jazz in terms of the unique American setting which permitted and encouraged its development. The course will include an analysis of the social and technological influences, the political and economic factors, and the significance of American values and morals -- both traditional and counter-cultural -- which have shaped jazz.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 422 - INTERNSHIP
Students work for 225 hours per semester (equivalent of 2 days per week for 15 weeks) in a professional situation under supervision. Locations include network television stations, advertising agencies, newspapers, radio stations, theaters, recording companies, public relations, publishers, graphic design studios, web designers, etc. They maintain a work log, hand in a final report on their experience, and are evaluated by their supervisors.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 424 - AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN FILM
From mammies to matriarchs -- the image of the African American women in film from 1900 to the present. The representation of African American women in American film will be examined historically and with reference to the relationship between existing feminist theory and issues of race and class. The goal of the course is to permit students to assess critically the nature of media and "entertainment" imagery in relation to sexual, racial and class oppression. This course has a lab component. Satisfies CA upper level core requirement. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 435 - INTERCULTURAL ETHNIC COMMUNICATION
Our world truly has become a global village. We are growing increasingly interdependent in terms of pollution, scientific research, economic development, disease control, mass media, etc. Yet we know so little about one another's cultures we find it difficult to communicate clearly. This course considers the cultural differences we must grow to understand, the reasons for cultural conflicts, and the possibilities of resolving these conflicts. Satisfies upper level core.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 444 - ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN CINEMA
In this course we will screen a cross-section of movies by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. By studying historical and recent cinema from both countries, we will analyze how content, style, and other audio/visual elements portray this complex and bloody struggle for security and independence. We will watch and discuss work from a variety of genres but focus on the some of the grimmest films in which philosophical, political, economic and other interdisciplinary reference to qualities and definitions of "nihilism." We will trace the past 50 years of filmmaking in this region of the Middle East focusing on ways that they "depict a belief that life is pointless and human values are worthless." (Encarta World English Dictionary 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.) A deep sense of futility and failure pervades innovative cinema by Israelis and Palestinians: of lost opportunities, of past collaborations, of so many dashed hopes. After viewing a film straight through, we may repeat, and review segments to facilitate discussions. In order to provide context for films and issues, we will also read about and discuss the history, religions, and international politics surrounding this significant part of the world.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 466 - ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER
This seminar is designed to give students an understanding of the role theater plays as a means to illuminate the problems that face modern society. Some of the issues to be covered are the AIDS crisis, issues of race and gender. An historical and cultural analysis of each issue will form the basis for discussions of plays such as Angels in America, Seven Guitars, Vinegar Tom, and Rent. Students will be required to write a major research paper, make two oral presentations to the class on assigned readings, and attend at least one professional theater production.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 468 - ART AND EXILE
What does Diaspora mean in the global village? Why study Jewish and African experiences as evidence of culture in exile? What can be learned by looking at visual art as it relates to these questions? The seminar provides a forum for students who have thought about contemporary culture and art in many Ramapo courses to develop and accomplish an interdisciplinary thesis in the form of a creative visual project or text representing an aspect of the postmodern condition. The diasporas vision fuels my artwork which often merges Jewish/African influences. Students will visit galleries, museums, and educational institutions where multicultural art is regularly exhibited. The seminar will have several technological components and will be international in scope.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 487 - FILM, HISTORY, CULTURE AND MYTH
This seminar explores the complex relationship between contemporary films and the culture in which they are produced, with special attention to films that base their narratives on historical events and people (for example, SCHINDLER'S LIST, A MIGHTY HEART, THE QUEEN, CAPOTE, BUS 174, PAN'S LABYRNTH, THE TAKE, THE LIVES OF OTHERS, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, and others). What do these films tell us about the events and people they are about, and what do they tell us about the time period in which they were produced? How does the form of films--the choices regarding narrative material, editing, characterization, and visual style--influence the interpretation of important cultural and historical periods or events? What cultural myths do these films create, or reinterpret, about the particular society that produces them? How does the evolution and transformation of film genres and genre conventions contribute to the ideological negotiation of meanings in contemporary films? Film, History, Culture and Myth satisfies the 400-level capstone portfolio course requirement for students in the Media Cinema Studies concentration of the Communication Arts major. The principle outcome of the seminar will be a major portfolio paper or project that meets the guidelines of scholarly publication, in which students draw on both in-class and outside screenings, discussion, readings, and research.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Screening, Seminar

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 492 - ART IN THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT
The seminar focuses on the psychological import of art productions as seen in both their formal elements and imagery. Attention in this context is given to analysis of selected drawings, paintings and sculpture. The course should attract students with interests and prior course work in either art or psychology.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 493 - NATURE AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
How have Americans responded to the unique riches of their natural environment? How has it influenced American cultural development? Through the analysis of exemplary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, painting, and film, we will try to understand the evolution of American perception of nature from the 17th century to the present. Selections will represent the Puritans, the transcendentalists, the romantics, painters such as Carlin, Bierstdt, and the Hudson River School, moderns (i.e., Faulkner, Frost, Snyder and Hemingway), native Americans, and the contemporary naturalists (i.e., Mattiessen, Dillard, McPhee).
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

CNTP 498 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department

CNTP 499 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Contemporary Arts Department


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