English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 371: Television Studies

ENGH 371-001: Television Studies
(Spring 2017)

Robinson B205

Section Information for Spring 2017

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Television Studies 10:30-11:45am TR Robinson Hall B205 Cynthia Fuchs cfuchs@gmu.edu

This course looks at TV in multiple forms, as a cultural institution and commercial industry, as a means to tell stories and create art in shifting formats, with a focus on how social media are reshaping TV. We examine specific instances of genre, style, and medium, including webcasts, news, sports TV ("Football on your phone"), as well as series, reality TV, and soaps.

At the same time, the course considers how content shapes narrative structures and practices, for instance, the effects of social media on TV watching as a collective and individual experience Programs may include American Crime, The Americans, Atlanta, Blackish, Empire, Fresh Off the Boat, Gotham, ESPN SportsCenter, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Mr. Robot, The Night Of, Orphan Black, Queen Sugar, Scandal, 30 for 30 Films, This Week with John Oliver, and Westworld. Fulfills Core Requirement for Arts.

Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Learn to identify and analyze formal elements of television. Learn how to situate and evaluate television in their cultural and historical contexts, interpret specific texts, and understand the relationships among broadcasting and networks, citizenship, audiences, and the public sphere. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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