COMM 306 - Survey of Media Topics in the Humanities
Fall 2022, Section 005 - Television and Social Change
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101, a previous humanities course, or sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

In this course, we think and write critically about television, focusing specifically on how the medium and its programming provides evidence of ideological conflicts related to race, class, sex, gender, and sexuality in U.S. culture. How do television programs represent cultural divisions related to race and ethnicity? How do comedic programs challenge viewers’ ideas about gender roles and identities? Why do people get so mad at television news? In readings, screenings, discussions and written assignments, we develop a working knowledge of different concepts that scholars use to study ideological conflicts as they take place on television. From the very start, we try to move beyond simplistic assessments of television itself as being either “good” or “bad” for U.S. society, or even particular images and narratives as being “positive” or “negative” representations of women and racial and ethnic minorities. Instead, we survey the complicated routes through which television programming shapes viewers’ understandings of themselves and the world around them. Throughout the term, you are asked to question many ideas and beliefs that people take for granted and/or hold dear: that television “causes” people to believe certain things, that particular images of minorities are “bad,” or that we could ever live television-free lives or form political opinions without consulting the news—even if we wanted to do just that. The overarching aim of the course is nuance—a deeper understanding of television and a refined critical lens for assessing its role in U.S. culture. 

Required Texts: Not required

Schedule

COMM 306 - Survey of Media Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
26686
Open
1
 
10
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Please note-NO CREDIT GRANTED to students who took COMM 305.001 in Fall 2017.
002 (DIS)
 In Person
26687
Closed
0
 
8
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Please note - NO CREDIT GRANTED to students who took COMM 305 with topic: Representing American Jewishness.
003 (DIS)
 In Person
26688
Closed
0
 
1
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: Please note - NO CREDIT GRANTED to students who took COMM 305 with topic: Representing American Jewishness.
004 (DIS)
 In Person
26689
Closed
0
 
2
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Please note - NO CREDIT GRANTED to students who took COMM 305 with topic: Representing American Jewishness.
005 (LEC)
 In Person
26690
Open
2
 
39
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: .
006 (DIS)
 In Person
33386
Closed
0
 
15
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
33387
Closed
0
 
13
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
33388
Closed
0
 
7
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
33389
Closed
0
 
5
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
010 (LEC)
 In Person
33390
Closed
0
 
4
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
011 (LEC)
 In Person
37096
Closed
0
 
1
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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