Instructor: Vassilis Vamvakas
This course concentrates on the various ways television has culturally influenced the modern societies but also the role it plays in the era of media convergence. The main issue that will be examined is the gradual change of television from a medium characterizing mass communication to that which inaugurates the culture of individualization. A historical approach to the entertaining TV genres and the particular narratives and types of identification offered by them will be applied. Issues of adapting globalized (and mainly American) TV symbolic products to certain political, social and cultural expectations and stereotypes will be questioned. Reception studies concerning TV audiences will be examined and applied to certain contemporary TV products (mostly series), especially these that are considered to construct a “quality” TV culture the last decades. The diffusion of these products through the world of internet and the increasing formation of TV fandom in digital terms will be a subject of great research interest.
- Understanding the importance of television in western culture
- Realizing the multiple and complex impact of American entertaining TV in Europe, especially in countries with dominated by the political attitude of anti-imperialism.
- Understanding the era of convergence culture and the interesting mixtures between old and new media in symbolic and institutional terms.
- Explore the television and digital fandom
- Analyze the different types of television programming and its various entertaining genres.
- Define the ways television responds to mass or special and individualized audiences
- Investigate the ways that television intermingles with the world of internet
- Explore the social and cultural consequences of TV fandom and digital cultures
Lectures, group work, in-class presentations, literature study, written assignments.
|Type of work||Description||Hours|
|Lectures||Thirteen 3-hours lectures||39|
|Independent study||Study of compulsory and optional literature||40-45|
|In Class presentation||Presentation of main contemporary researches in the field||20-25|
|Research||Search and analyze media discourses concerning public and private issues||35-40|
|Written assignments||Essay (5000 words)||120-140|
|Type of assessment||Learning outcome||Impact on final grade||Date of assessment|
|Participation in group work and discussion||1-2||20%||Regularly|
|In Class presentation||1-2||30%||8th-12th week|
|Written assignment (essay)||1-4||50%||12th week|
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