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This Mediated Life: An Introduction to the Study of Mass Media

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1752
Section 001
Instructor Julian Cornell
Days F
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM



This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an intensive introduction to the study of mass media. Utilizing wide ranging critical and theoretical methodologies, the course will consider how media alternately reflects and forms our sense of politics, economics, race, gender, sexuality and citizenship. The course will be concerned with questions such as: What function does mass media serve for society? How does a media saturated cultural environment shape our identity? How do mass media forms delineate and naturalize prevailing ideologies and ways of being in the world? Can media provide a means to challenge cultural and political hegemony? Readings will be drawn from Berger’s  Media Analysis Techniques  and Jenkins’  Convergence Culture,  as well as the anthologies  The Media Studies Reader  and  Gender, Race and Class in the Media.  The course will also include excerpts from the films  The Dark Knight Rises, The Matrix, The Truman Show, Network,  and  Idiocracy , television shows  60 Minutes, Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park  and  The X-Files , as well as a selection of other media forms, including blogs, podcasts, radio programs, graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, music videos, television commercials, social media sites and video games.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)