Communication And Culture | Introduction to Television Criticism
C312 | 1014 | Statz


Class Meetings:  MW 4:00 P 5:15 PM   BH 209

This course examines the role that television plays in American society.
Since television is the most pervasive and influential form of culture in
the United States, we will look at how it shapes our understanding of
social issues and cultural conflicts -- while telling stories that engage
us and become part of our lives.  This course will introduce students to
the techniques of critical analysis that are useful in understanding the
structure and meanings of television programs, including the principles of
storytelling, the composition of images, and the dynamics of editing.  We
will explore American television's major programming genres from an
historical perspective in order to understand how and why particular TV
genres like the situation comedy, the police series, or the music video
have evolved in response to changes in the television industry and in
society.  Finally, we will view a wide range of television programming,
from I LOVE LUCY to SOUTH PARK, from THE FUGITIVE to THE X-FILES.