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

Semester and Year WI 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1752
Section 001
Instructor Julian Cornell
Time 10:00 AM - 1:30 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  as well as the anthologies  The Media Studies Reader  and  Gender, Race and Class in the Media  and the course will include excerpts from the films  The Dark Knight Rises, The Secret, The Truman Show, The Bling Ring, Network , and  Idiocracy , television shows  Ways of Seeing ,  The Daily Show ,  Mystery Science Theater 3000 ,  The Simpsons,   South Park  and  The X-Files , as well as a selection of other media forms, including advertisements, blogs, podcasts, radio programs, graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, music videos, social media sites and video games.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)