Communication And Culture | Introduction to Media
C190 | 1153 | Barbara Klinger

Topic: Film and Television Studies
Lecture: MW 1:25-2:15 pm CH122
Screenings: M 7:00-10:30 pm BH013
Discussion sections: F(1154-1163 - check schedule of classes for
rooms and times).

In our intensely visual culture, it has become increasingly important
for viewers to become aware of how the media work. This course is
designed to teach students visual literacy in relation to two media
which are omnipresent in their everyday lives: film and television.
We will examine how these media are made, studying cinematography,
lighting, special effects, editing, sound, and other aspects of
style. We encourage the mastery of terminology as a first step toward
visual literacy. As you learn to recognize the technical and artistic
components of film and television, you will also gain analytical and
critical skills-the ability to study specific films and TV shows
closely, relating their style to their meaning. Thus, this course
emphasizes both visual literacy and critical thinking as essential to
becoming an active viewer in the complicated media mix that defines
contemporary culture.

Throughout the course, we will discuss a variety of films and TV
shows, as they demonstrate the key principles of storytelling, as
well as the traditions of documentary and avant-garde. One of the
purposes of C190 is to introduce students to different kinds of film
and television as they represent significant work from the histories
of both media. We will see works from classic and contemporary
Hollywood, as well as foreign and independent fare. Each week, we
screen a film or a television show that will serve as the basis of
discussion for that week's particular topic.

c190 is designed with a wide variety of student interests in mind. It
should appeal to those who are intrigued by cinema or television and
simply want to learn more about them, as well as to those who plan to
emphasize media in their studies at IU or prepare for a career in the

Readings are comprised of a textbook and a packet of essays. In
addition, there will be three or four exams, including the final, and
a series of short papers.

C190 Fulfills Arts and Humanities Distribution Requirements for COAS
(AHLA), Business, Journalism and most other schools. It is also a
prerequisite for many upper division CMCL media classes.