AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Section: 010 Media Work and Media Play
Term: FA 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

"The media" is an expression widely employed, along with its metaphorical supporting cast; players catch the wave, push the limit, and hike the bleeding edge. In this course we try to understand how it makes sense to assert that media work is media play, and concomitantly why cynics and utopian boosters end up in bed together. We begin our investigation by interrogating that enforcer of media, its definite article. Various theories of media are cross-examined as we navigate case studies about print, photography, sound recording, moving picture, broadcast, and network media. The usual suspects pass in review – commodification, appropriation, exploitation, globalization – along with some surprise guests. Student presentations and papers will surely extend our reach and broaden our perspective. In the end we will better understand why the study of American Culture prepares us to engage knowingly and usefully our deeply mediated world.

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
26110
Open
9
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with JUDAIC 317.001.
003 (LEC)
P
25545
Open
15
 
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M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Students will automatically be enrolled in lab 004 when they elect lecture 003.
004 (LAB)
 
25546
Open
19
 
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W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Laboratory section 004 is for film screenings.
010 (REC)
P
28297
Open
28
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
011 (REC)
P
28465
Open
6
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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