This course examines seminal moments in history that shaped the future of news reporting by identifying key tropes in the encoding and decoding of content. The course critiques traditional values, ethics and philosophies in order to portray the truth of the times as viewed through the lens of mediated communications. Satisfies GE Area C2. Only one course numbered 273 in the Arts & Humanities will be considered for credit.
This course explores the "New Golden Age" of TV that arguably began with The Sopranos and which may, perhaps, be considered "art." Students will weigh relevant social and technological changes, study debates over subjectivity, taste, and cultural hierarchies, and assess what might distinguish these new shows from TV of old. Satisfies GE Area C1 (Fine Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, and Film).
Intensive study of various topics and trends in the mass media, including advertising, propaganda and persuasion; children and the media; technical and scriptwriting; environmental and international communication; and film. May be repeated for additional credit with new subject matter. Taught face to face and online modes.