LHSP 125 - College Writing
Fall 2019, Section 006 - Our TV, Our Selves: The Rhetoric of Television
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Hall Scholars Program credits may be counted toward a degree.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

How many times have you heard someone say (or have you said), “It’s just TV!” In this class, those, as they say, are “fightin’ words.” Television—from high drama like Breaking Bad to goofy animation like Bob’s Burgers—makes meaning, makes arguments. Television both reflects and creates current attitudes about public issues; and it can and should inspire important, sometimes difficult, conversations. I’ve designed this course around one major question that should be important to those of us who love TV (or who hate it!), who live for the next episode of Riverdale or the next season of Queer Eye, or who would rather eat glass than watch Game of Thrones: How does TV make meaning? How does it contribute to our senses of self—as individuals, as citizens or residents of the U.S. and/or other home nations, as [you-fill-in-the-blank]? The content that we study will be television; the end result of our study will be an intimate relationship with rigorous thinking, writing, and revising processes. We will practice strategies of close reading, thick description, research, analysis, reflection, revision, and responding in writing to a variety of texts: television episodes and series (some chosen by me, some by you), academic articles, podcasts, and mainstream publications. We will engage in the kinds of tasks you will be asked to do often as a college student: blogging, social media writing, informal writing, planning and conducting research, review writing, analytical essay writing, etc. We will argue about the virtues and shortcomings of the shows we watch. We will disagree (respectfully but enthusiastically) about all manner of things. We will “live every week like it’s shark week.” This will all help you look anew at something you likely know well (tv) as you practice making dynamic, savvy, even artistic academic arguments. And we’ll hopefully have a lot of fun doing it. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

Schedule

LHSP 125 - College Writing
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MW 9:30AM - 11:00AM
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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MW 10:30AM - 12:00PM
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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