COM 318:This seminar explores the intersection of American culture and the television situation comedy, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming. In addition to studying the history of the sitcom and its relationship to other comedic forms, the course of study will include conventions of the form, the family, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, work and social class from a variety of perspectives, including cultural studies, feminist theory, queer theory, and production practices.
In this course you will experience TV, a medium you have thought of just as entertainment, as much more than that.You will have a clearer understanding of yourselves and your place in this wider view. You will be able to explainhow we both shape and are shaped by popular media, like sitcoms. You will interrogate the historical context in which certain media was produced, the critical context, the intersectionality of multiple lenses, and understand the social relevance of the genre.
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