COMM 305 - Survey of Media Topics
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Reality TV
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101 and COMM 102 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course, you learn how to think and write about reality television like a media scholar. Few elements of media culture are as loved or as hated as much as reality programs. Rather than debate whether or not reality television is “good” or “bad” for us, you learn the more rigorous approaches that researchers take when they examine and write about reality television. Specifically, this course provides you with opportunities to practice researching and writing about how reality programs construct social norms, especially how they suggest to viewers that there are proper and improper lifestyles. Through screenings, discussions, readings, and writing assignments, you engage with others’ ideas in order to perform analyses of your own. To do that, you conduct what media scholars call “close readings,” or meticulous analyses in which you identify and then articulate how the stories told in episodes of reality television programs reveal information about the world around us. Far more than “trash,” reality television shines a light on the contemporary U.S., suggesting a great deal about who we are as a people and what drives us as a culture.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be based on in-class presentations, group work, reading responses, and written assignments.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in television and media culture

Class Format:

The course will meet twice per week for 90 minutes per meeting.


COMM 305 - Survey of Media Topics
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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