206_syllabus_spring 2011

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Communication 206: Communication and Culture Spring 2010 Professor Robeson Taj Frazier Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11-12 or by appointment Office: ASC 326A Email: rfrazier@usc.edu Teaching Assistants  Russell Newman                                rnewman@usc.edu Shoko Barnes                                    shbarnes@usc.edu Dayna Chatman                                dchatman@usc.edu Evan Brody                                       ebrody@usc.edu     Course Description   This course is designed as an introduction to communications as the study of culture. Any  study of communication entails an understanding of culture, and vice-versa.  As an  examination of cultural institutions, ideologies, artifacts, and productions, work in  cultural studies and communication is concerned with the integral relationship of cultural  practices to relationships of power.   Therefore we will focus on some of the key  methodologies of cultural analysis and some of the primary themes of cultural study, with  an emphasis on how they intersect with central issues in the field of communication. The  first half of the course will be devoted to general approaches, key concepts, and over- arching questions, with a particular emphasis on the study of media, popular culture, and  communication.  The second half will focus more specifically on distinct units of study— gender, pop music, television, radio, brand culture, and others—as individual case studies  of cultural analysis. We will pay particular attention to how notions of both culture and  cultural study have changed over time, and how those legacies influence contemporary  debates around cultural production, cultural identity, and global cultural change. Required Texts for the Course (available at the bookstore) - Duncombe, Stephen, ed. 2002.  Cultural Resistance Reader . New York: Verso. - Additional Readings posted on Blackboard. Course Requirements   Students are required to attend class and section regularly, to contribute to class  discussions and section discussions, and to do weekly reading.  Attendance in lecture is  important: there is significant material covered in lecture that is not in the reading and  1
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you cannot pass the course if you do not attend most of the lectures.  In addition, there  will be frequent screenings in lecture for which you will be responsible.  There are  several writing assignments for this class, and because the lectures, discussions, reading  assignments and course assignments are all vitally linked, it is critical that you keep up 
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