Department of Television and Radio
MEDIA CRITICISM (Television and Radio Criticism)
TV/R 4430W Section EW6 (Course Code0950)
Fall, 2010, Wed, 6:30pm-9:15pm
401A Whitehead Hall

Dr. Foulger
Office: 404S Whitehead Hall

Class Schedule and Assignments

Semester Syllabus / Discussion Notes / Class Moodle

# Class/Date Subject Assignments
1 Sept 1 Introduction No Reading.
  Sept 8 No Class. Classes that end after 4pm have been cancelled today.
2 Sept15 The Landscape of Media Criticism;
Exploring and Explaining Media
Read and
3 Sept 22

Doing Media Criticism

Read Allen, Chapter One; Bring body of content to class
4 Sept 29 Semiotics (continued)
Narrative Theory
Read Allen, Chapter 2
5 Oct 6

Narrative Theory (continuted)
Writing Media Criticism

TBD; First Annotated Bibliography Due.
6 Oct 13

Genre Theory
Auteur Theory and Production-Oriented Approaches

Read Allen, Chapter 4; Read Medium as an Ecology of Genre (web reading); Short Paper 1 Due
7 Oct 20

Audience-Oriented Criticism

Read Allen, Chapter 3
8 Oct 27

Ideological Analysis

Read Allen Chapters 5; Optionally Read Allen, Chapter 7
9 Nov 3

Cultural Studies;
Theories of Mind

Read Allen, Chapters 6 and 8; Short Paper 2 Due
10 Nov 10

The Postmodern Turn;
Deconstruction of Media Content

Read Allen, Chapter 9; Term Paper Introduction Due; Web Readings. See Online Syllabus for links.; Second Annotated Bibliography
11 Nov 17

Probing Media Theory

Web Reading TBD
12 Nov 24 Term Paper Presentations  
13 Dec 1 Term Paper Presentations No Reading
14 Dec 8

The Rearview Mirror;
Thinking Systematically About Media

Read Allen, Afterword. Web Reading TBD. Final Submission of Term Paper for Grading
15 Dec 15 Final (Presumed Date) Good luck.