COMM 306 - Survey of Media Topics in the Humanities
Fall 2021, Section 006 - Spectacle in the Media
Instruction Mode: Section 006 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:
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.
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Description

Media saturate our lives from waking up to a cellphone alarm to having lunch with a favorite television show to after-dinner dishwashing accompanied by Spotify. Within this abundance, what qualities draw our eyes and attention to particular content? From the emotional excess of The Real Housewives to instant replays during live sports, from the epic worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the musical ‘spectaculars’ of the 1950s (and today), this class will explore how media present, produce, and play with spectacle. We will consider questions such as: What is the difference between making a spectacle and making a spectacle of oneself? Are spectacles mere distractions from a commodified, mundane world? Can a spectacle unite an audience (and a society) in celebration, shock, or grief?

This class will engage with a range of historical and contemporary media content and will provide an overview of different approaches and methods in media studies. We will explore historic, cultural, and economic frameworks for understanding what a spectacle is. We will pay close attention to the relationship between spectacle and the sensorium: what we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. Then we will narrow our focus to case studies in different categories of spectacle including aesthetic, technological, emotional, catastrophic, political, embodied, and the non-spectacular, the banal. If spectacles are everywhere, how do we identify the truly spectacular?

Schedule

COMM 306 - Survey of Media Topics in the Humanities
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001 (LEC)
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27358
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
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Tu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (DIS)
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Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (LEC)
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27363
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
007 (DIS)
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27364
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
008 (DIS)
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27365
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (DIS)
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27366
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (LEC)
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27368
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
011 (DIS)
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27369
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
012 (DIS)
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
013 (DIS)
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM

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