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SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION CMNS 220-3 (J100) Instructor: Jody Baker Spring Semester 2012 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Surrey Evening UNDERSTANDING TELEVISION Prequisities: CMNS 110 and CMNS 130 Overview: Considered by many to be one of the defining social, political and cultural features of post-war mass consumer culture, it is crucial to establish a basis for the academic study of television. Taking television seriously means acquiring critical, analytic tools with which to approach it as institution, as text, and as viewer practice. This course will provide a set of critical concepts to come to a sophisticated understanding of its communication processes, and its larger cultural and social functions. We will consider both how social forces shape television, and how TV represents the social world. Students should be able to apply these concepts in their assigned work. In this course we will explore a variety of forms such as HBO, reality TV, animated sitcoms, youtube etc. We will think critically about social representation. We will consider audiences and the convergence of television and other media. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with some of the basic debates and critical frameworks of television studies. Students are expected to do the readings each week in advance of the class, and come prepared to participate. Required Text: The instructor will provide links to pdf articles through the SFU library. Grading: Short Paper #1 10% Short Paper 32 15% Final Essay 30% Final Exam (TBA) 25% Participation/presentation 20% Assignments handed in late may be penalized. The school expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades. In addition, the School will follow Policy S10.01 with respect to Academic Integrity, and Policies S10.02, S10.03 and S10.04 as regards Student Discipline (note: as of May 1, 2009 the previous T10 series of policies covering Intellectual Honesty (T10.02), and Academic Discipline (T10.03) have been replaced with the new S10 series of policies).
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