June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly SLO - San Luis Obispo, CA
Have you ever considered the impact films have on shaping ideas about identity within society or how culture influences characters in film? In this course we will approach film studies and critique from the relateable lens of teen cinema. From Rebel Without a Cause (1955) to Mean Girls (2004), teen films have consistently been a popular and profitable genre. Teen films both idealize and demonize adolescents, while mirroring and shaping societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles. We will take a critical cultural studies approach to the analysis of representations of teens in film and consider the U.S. cultural values these images illuminate. This course provides an introductory survey of teen films as a distinct art form that has the ability to reflect, critique, reshape, and impact society and culture. We will critically examine and analyze the teen film genre and its relationship to various aspects of society and culture (i.e., race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and and its relationship to various aspects of society and culture (i.e., race, class, gender, ability, sexuality).
Meet your instructor
Emily Ryalls, PhD
Contemporary Cinema & Film Critique Cal Poly SLO
Emily is an Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts Department. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Communication Studies. Dr. Ryalls is a recipient of the 2022-2023 Distinguished Teaching Award.Learn more
Topics you'll explore
There are nine 3-hour class sessions over the two-week course. During week one, students have class from 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday. During the week two students have class from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers).
Hands on Learning
Students will screen a film a the local theater and meet with members of the film industry