TELEVISION AND SOCIETY
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
26673
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Description
This course explores the relationship between television and society. It familiarizes students with the history of the broadcast industry along with related legal, political, and economic issues. The course focuses on analyzing various television programs as constitutive of and constituted by social relations (class, gender, and race).
Enrollment Requirements
PREQ: (COMMRC 0320 or COMM 0102) and [ENGCMP 0200 or(ENGCMP 0203 or 0205 or 0207 or 0208 or 0250 or FP 0003 or 0006 or ENGCMP 0004 or 0006 or 0020 or ENG 0102)]
Class Attributes
Children's Literature
Class Notes
In this course, students will learn to critically engage, interpret, and evaluate a variety of media and cultural artifacts produced by the television industry, uncovering their multiple meanings and understanding the circumstances surrounding their production. In surveying contemporary television as the ¿content industry,¿ we will explore a wide range of popular texts, including commercials, music videos, news reports, web videos, and television programs from Mad Men to Mister Rogers¿ Neighborhood, and examine topics such as narrative structure, character development, filming and editing techniques, sound design, and mise en scène. In emphasizing the close relationship between technology, aesthetics, and meaning, we will pay special attention to the ways in which television content is made possible and constrained by economic systems, production conventions, and cultural politics. We will also examine historical and contemporary theories of television studies (e.g. auteur theory, audience studies), placing academic perspectives in conversation with the media they aim to describe. The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Deborah Danuser
Meets
MoWeFr 1:15PM - 2:05PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
WEB Based Class
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
35
Seats Open
0
Class Capacity
35
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
20