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1 CMCL - C190 – INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA Spring 2011 Lectures: Section 6850 TR 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Ballantine 241 Section 6852 TR 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Ballantine 241 Screenings: Mondays, 7:15-10:15 p.m., Ballantine Hall 013 Instructor: David Church Email: [email protected] Office Hours: By appointment (email me to schedule) Office: Classroom Office Building (800 E. 3 rd St.), Room 212 Mailbox: Classroom Office Building, Room 270 [box under name] Required Texts: Kolker, Robert. Film, Form, and Culture . 3 rd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. (Available at IU, TIS bookstores, online retailers, etc.) Additional required readings on Oncourse site under “Resources” tab. (Please print out PDFs and bring to class.) Course Objectives: References to the power and prevalence of “the media” are commonplace today. But what are “the media”? How do they work and for whom? As media increasingly pervade the fabric of daily life, and as fewer and fewer global conglomerates consolidate their ownership of media companies, the urgency of asking and answering these questions only grows in importance. Yet these questions are incredibly difficult to ask (much less to answer), partly because of how the structure and functioning of mass media remain, for many of us, taken for granted, or maybe even something of a mystery. Thus, this course will introduce you to the basic vocabularies of visual and media literacy, and will hone your skills at critically analyzing media texts, institutions, apparatuses, and audiences . We will focus primarily on cinema, television, and new media technologies, and our goal will be to explore the relationships between the form, meaning, and socio-historical context of each. This course will help you more fully appreciate the complex ways that media inhabit and affect cultural, political, and aesthetic life. More importantly, it will provide you with the analytical, interpretive, and critical skills with which to navigate and begin to make sense of the densely mediated landscapes we inhabit.
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2 Course Requirements: Attendance & Participation -- 10% An important part of studying mediated processes of communication involves communicating about them. Part of your grade, therefore, will reflect the degree to which you attend class and contribute consistently, actively, and substantively. Attendance will be checked every day; unexcused absences and failure to participate will adversely affect your grade. Don’t forget: thoughtful questions and comments count as participation. A good rule of thumb is to contribute a question or comment to each class session. Your attendance in class and the Monday night screenings is a vital part of the attendance/participation requirement. A portion of your participation grade may also include additional assignments not listed on this syllabus.
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