Winter Session courses on the New Brunswick campus meet or exceed the high academic standards set for the regular academic year at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a top-ranked research institution and public university. Courses are selected for their suitability and approved by the school dean and/or faculty curricular committee.

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Taught by: Albert Nigrin

This online course focuses on the films of Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, John Frankenheimer, David Lynch, Val Lewton, and others. The course provides an in-depth analysis of the structure and content of films which include: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Seconds, Cat People, The Magnificent Ambersons, Mulholland Drive, and others. Emphasis on the "mise-en-scene," narrative form, set design, sound, and special effects in the films of these celebrated filmmakers. 

Warning: some films may contain nudity, sexual situations, violence, profanity, substance abuse, and disturbing images. 

Taught by: Hyacinth Miller

What better time to learn about the Caribbean than during the winter solstice! We have all heard about the region, but what do we really know about the people, the culture, the food, the history? Satisfy your curiosity about the Caribbean through this course. This unique, asynchronous course will teach students all about the region and how this region impacts the world. It is an interactive, engaging, learning experience. It is for those that are genuinely inquisitive and open to exploring new areas of study. 

Professor Miller is a political scientist and a Caribbean-ist. As a Caribbean-American, Miller is passionate about this topic and has been teaching this course since 2013.  

This course fulfills the Contemporary Challenges - Human Difference, Multidisciplinary, Science and Technology, Social Justice requirement.

Taught by: Alessandra Valentin

This asynchronous, online course explores how categories of difference such as race, gender, sexuality, class, size and disability produce some people as human and others as less than human within film and society. By analyzing the representational politics of horror films, we will understand how society sees difference as monstrous and as a means of legitimizing the oppression and elimination of those framed as “other.” Who we fear as a society (and as individuals) is dependent on structural power dynamics and discourses of normalcy that produce “others” as deviant. Our fears are shaped and reshaped through the genre of horror where filmmakers and audiences work out cultural anxieties together.

Over the course of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Effectively identify how horror movies mobilize normative conceptions of gender, racial and sexual difference as well as subvert those norms
  • Analyze how the categories of difference shape the lived experiences of marginalized people on both individual and societal levels, in local and global contexts
  • Explain how power dynamics are at play in the contexts of culture, society, politics, economics and technology as well as the role that they play in naturalizing hierarchies of difference and perpetuating stereotypes