Media

Media and Visual Culture seeks to understand the complex role that the culture industries play in society. Faculty and students in this area examine popular culture, film, television, and the Internet from historical and interpretive perspectives.



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complete course descriptions (pdf)

  • courses include:

  • SPCM100 - Communication and Popular Culture. F, S, SS
    Classical tradition of speech communication, its extension to broadcasting, and integration of both in contemporary culture.
  • SPCM 278C - Communication Skills: Film Festivals. F
    (Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
  • SPCM341 - Evaluating Contemporary Television. F
    Rhetorical standards applied to content, ethical, and artistic aspects of American televised discourse; emphasizing nonentertainment programming.
  • SPCM342 - Critical Media Studies. F, S
    Analysis of communication media; history; structure, regulation, policy, and impact upon society.
  • SPCM346 - Virtual Culture and Communication. F, S
    (Prerequisite: SPCM100 or SPCM342) Rhetorical theory applied to planning, producing, and evaluating computer-mediated messages.
  • SPCM347 - Visual Rhetoric. S
    (Prerequisite: SPCM100 or SPCM342) Media/Visual aesthetics and literacy and the symbolic and affective dimensions of the codes, conventions, and formulas of media.
  • SPCM350 - Evaluating Contemporary Film. S
    Theory and development of film criticism; application of critical approaches to modern fiction and nonfiction film.
  • SPCM354 - History and Appreciation of Film. F
    Screening and evaluation of landmark fiction and nonfiction films; assessment of cinema as an art form and a social force.
  • SPCM357 - Film and Social Change. F
    Ways in which the medium of motion pictures has sparked significant social changes at home and abroad.
  • SPCM454/ETST454 - Chicano/a Film and Video. F
    (Credit not allowed for both) Emergence of Chicano/a cinema from a place of displacement, resistance, and affirmation found in contemporary Chicano/a film, video.
  • SPCM455/LB455 - Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art. S
    (Prerequisite: Senior Standing) Narrative fiction film and its role in human history, culture, and social interaction.
  • SPCM547 - Media Industries. F
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Political economy of the media both in the U.S. and globally, including how the media system operates and with what effects.
  • SPCM548 - Media Texts. S
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Practical and theoretical implications for criticism in treating media products as texts; carious approaches to textual or discourse analysis.
  • SPCM549 - Media Audiences. F
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Theoretical and methodological issues concerning how audiences use and interpret media.
  • SPCM550 - Contemporary Issues in Media. S
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies or English) Ever-changing media culture and landscape and how it affects personal, professional, and public lives.
  • SPCM646 - Media Theory. F
    (Prerequisite: 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies, English, or Journalism) Survey of the broad range of rhetorical/qualitative theories that inform media studies.