1. Introduce students to the study of television programming as cultural, industrial & commercial product.
2. To gain a rudimentary understanding of the field of cultural studies, which incorporates various disciplines including communication, sociology, social theory, media theory and media studies.
3. Help students to discern how technological advancements have impacted and continue to impact the medium.
4. Explain the relationship between television and other medium (radio, film and digital media internet) aesthetically, culturally and industrially.
5. Examine television programs as reflections and refractions of attitudes about class, ethnicity, gender, race and sexuality in the era in which the series were produced.
6. Teach students to formulate critical arguments about television series, to use textual analysis as well as socio-cultural, socio-historical and industrial contextualization to support their theses.
7. Show students that thinking critically can enrich the pleasures of their viewing pleasure.
REQUIRED TEXTS All readings will either be available in “Resources” folder on the course site or via a link will be provided on the syllabus. Required screening are available under clips for each lesson or via a link provided on the syllabus.
The lectures for this course are given by Dr. Bambi Haggins and Dr. Brad Gyori of Bournemouth University (formerly at ASU).