COMM 380: Media Criticism

COMM 380-K01: Media Criticism
(Fall 2022)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

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Section Information for Fall 2022

COMM 380 - K01: Media Criticism

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the practice of critical media studies, with a particular focus on the analysis of visual and internet culture. Drawing on the concepts of critical media studies, this course offers: (1) a review of concepts related to the practice of media criticism and textual analysis, including cultural studies and semiotics analysis, (2) an introduction to diverse visual media including photography, film, TV, advertisement and internet, and (3) a critical examination of those media – how to read and interpret them critically. Along the way, we will discuss theories and concepts which attempt to explain the role of media and popular culture in contemporary life.

Although many of course materials will focus on visual and digital culture, the analytical tools students will learn can be applied to the study of texts and audiences within any medium of communication.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines practical criticism of a wide variety of media texts including television programs, newspapers, articles, films, photographs, and advertisements. Introduces principles of major contemporary modes of analysis for systematically interpreting visual and verbal forms of communication. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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