TEL 420 Electronic media criticism. Spring 2011. Bulletin description.
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Examination of each of several critical theories and approaches to the criticism of telecommunications program content. Practical experience in evaluating critical writing and in the writing of critical pieces. Prereq: Telecom major status or consent of instructor.
Based on your understanding of concepts, vocabulary, and basic theory about our topics we will have a conversation where you have the opportunity to demonstrate to me that you understand the content of the course up to that point
The second third of our class will lead to an essay question meant to apply the concepts and theories from that section to one of a limited number of audiovisual texts. We will discuss your findings in class.
This will be a combination of demonstrating that you have picked up the content from the post-midterm readings and that you can apply the semester’s theoretical content to specific examples of electronic narrative
I’ll show examples at the time of the test and you will be expected to be able to identify how our semester content applies to the clips
Each of you will carry out a form of critical analysis of one or more audiovisual texts. You’ll get the okay to go forward with your topic and will keep me updated on how you are progressing, getting your basic outline okayed, etc. during the semester. You will complete a paper on your topic and will have the option to share the knowledge you have gained (in greatly abbreviated form) in a second in-class presentation at the end of the semester.
In order to be on the same page, I’ll be requiring you to watch some films, television shows, documentaries and perhaps watch some folks playing video games. This will require some out of class time but is necessary to see that we can have intelligent discussions of various texts. Much of the content will be available online.
In general, if you do the work, you’ll do fine as far as grades are concerned. If you are doing the readings, coming to class, etc. and aren’t getting the ideas, please see me during office hours or set up a meeting.