Media and Visual Culture

  • 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.