Department of Television and Radio
MEDIA CRITICISM (Television and Radio Criticism)
TV/R 30.5W Section 2AV (Course Code 0615)
Summer Session 2, 2008, Mon & Wed, 10:30am-12:00pm (noon)
402A Whitehead Hall

Class Schedule and Assignments - Summer, 2008

Draft Schedule - Not yet finalized

Semester Syllabus / Discussion Notes / Compact Syllabus (the class handout) / Class Moodle

Draft. The details of the schedule are likely to change.

10 Session Version

# Day Class/Date Subject Assignments (complete before class on the day scheduled)
01 Mon July 14 Introduction No Reading.
02 Wed July 16

The Landscape of Media Criticism;
Exploring and Explaining Media;

Read Levinson, Chapters 1, 2, 3; Read Models of the Communication Process and Introduction To Media Criticism
03 Mon July 21 Doing Media Criticism; Semiotics Read Read Allen, Chapter 1; Read Bring body of content to class
04 Wed July 23

Narrative Theory; Writing Media Criticism

Read Allen, Chapter 2; Read Levinson, Chapters 4-6, Read An Introduction To Five Paragraph Media Criticism. First Annotated Bibliography Due.
05 Mon July 28

Genre Theory and Auteur Theory

Read Allen, Chapter 4; Read Medium as an Ecology of Genre; Short Paper 1 Due
06 Wed 29 July 30

Audience-Oriented Criticism; Ideological Analysis

Read Allen Chapters 3 and 5; Optionally Read Allen, Chapter 7
07 Mon August 04

Cultural Studies; Theories of Mind

Read Allen, Chapters 6 and 8; Short Paper 2 Due
08 Wed August 06 Production-Oriented Approaches; Medium as Message Theory; Postmodern Deconstruction Read Allen, Chapter 9; Read Levinson, Chapters 7-10; Term Paper Outline Due; Second Annotated Bibliography Due
09 Mon August 11 Uses of Media; Term Paper Presentations Read Levinson, Chapters 11, 12, 13
10 Wed August 13

The Rearview Mirror;
Thinking Systematically About Media

Read Message Ecology; Read Allen, Afterword. Read Levinson, Chapters 14 and 15. Final Submission of Term Paper for Grading
11 Mon or Tue August 18 (or 19) Final Exam; Term Papers will be returned