FA/FILM 3375: Learning from Los Angeles: History of the Image and the Image of History


Instructor: Professor Kenneth Rogers, krogers1@yorku.ca 

Course Dates: June 1-29, 2019

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Course Overview

Learning from Los Angeles is a study-abroad course that will explore the fantastic histories, myths, and contradictions of the first modern media city, and the image it fashioned for itself. Through weekly readings and field trips, students will explore that history by walking the urban fabric of the city itself to connect directly with the city’s rich and diverse cultural histories, from vernacular subcultures to media empires. As an experiential field course, Learning from Los Angeles will blend screenings, readings, and field trips to focus on a variety of themes and topics about the city and its histories.

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While a generic course about urban geography and cultural history may pertain to any global city, the history of Los Angeles holds a unique and privileged place in the formation of the industrial model of media production, and retains an enduring legacy as one of the major financial and cultural epicenters of global media production. Because it is unmatched place within the history and theory of film television, it demands a stand-alone immersive course designed for the emerging film and media maker or cinema and media scholar.

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While exploring the gilded legends from the silent to the studio era, the course will simultaneously take a street view of Los Angeles and connect students with the many communities and cultural organizations committed to its unknown and forgotten histories such as the LA Urban Rangers; the LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department); The Center for Land Use Interpretation; and the LA River Revitalization Project.


  • 30% Attendance and Participation
  • 10% Assignment #1
  • 20% Assignment #2
  • 40% Final assignment

FA/FILM 3375: Learning from LA Course Syllabus

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Expression of Interest

This is a summer abroad course. Reserved for CMA majors, open to non-majors by permission of the course director, Ken Rogers.

Deposits and Deadlines

To secure a spot in this course, you'll need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to York International (Located in 200 York Lanes, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).

  • Deposit ($500): Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Outstanding program fee: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: We only accept Visa, Mastercard, and debit. No cash or cheques.

Program fee: Range from $3,200 - $3,600 *

  • Includes:
    • Accommodation (From June 1-29, 2019)
    • Excursions/Field activities
    • Welcome Reception
    • guard.me® Health Insurance
  • Not Included
    • Airfare to and from Los Angeles
    • Tuition fee (payable to York University)
    • Any personal expenses

*Subject to change, is dependant on the number of participants

Financial support 

All participants of this course will receive the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) upon completion of the Pre-Departure Training.

Pre-Departure Training and Risk Management Information Session

Attending a Pre-Departure Session is mandatory for all YorkU students participating in the FA/FILM 3375: Learning from Los Angeles. York International provides pre-departure training to York students who are scheduled to participate in global learning programs (exchange, internships and other short-term programs). Content covered at Pre-Departure Sessions include:

  1. Travel preparations (research about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)
  2. Risk Management (waiver, emergency contact card, Registration of Canadians abroad)
  3. guard.me® Insurance
  4. Funding and Finances
  5. Inter-cultural awareness

York Students traveling abroad for international programs are required to purchase guard.me® insurance.To ensure safety and well-being of York students traveling abroad, York University has developed a partnership with guard.me® Insurance. It provides comprehensive insurance coverage and benefits that are in the best interest of the students and the university at-large. Guard.me® covers medical, emergency, evacuation, and 3rd party liability, among others. Please read the guard.me® benefit summary for more information. Students must register directly with guard.me®.

More information on registration will be outlined in the link below.


For questions regarding internships and placement opportunities, please contact: 

Merrill Gerstmar
Experiential Education Coordinator

For further information, please contact:

Marierose Talla
Go Global Project Assistant, York International