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CMS 304 A: Television Studies

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
MGH 058
SLN: 
12629
Instructor:
Stephen Groening

Syllabus Description:

Television has become the preeminent communications system in the world. But pervasiveness and ubiquity are not the only reasons to study television. Television calls into question many long-held ideas regarding aesthetics, ontology, and epistemology; terms normally reserved for philosophy, not the mass media. Additionally, television is emblematic of modern industrial society; pointing to the universalization of the commodity form, the paradoxes of individualism, the administration of culture and the ideological control of capitalism as a global system. Television can also be conceived as mindless, entertaining, and superficial even as it creates communities, national imaginaries and seems to bring the world into our homes. This course will examine some of these contradictions. We will explore what television is, what television does, and how television shapes our fundamental assumptions about space and time, image and sound.

Catalog Description: 
Provides an overview of key issues in the study of television. Explores what television is, what television does, and how television shapes our fundamental assumptions about space, time, image, and sound.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
June 12, 2018 - 11:30am
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