Understanding Television

COM FT 303

Television as an industry, a technology, and a cultural object is currently experiencing a period of accelerated change. Despite the accelerated nature of this change and its amplification through social media discussions, understanding television's history will help us to understand television's present. This is a history course with American television as its subject. By exploring the history of television, we also must study the history of radio as television's precursor medium and television through the digital transition. Thus, the course covers the late 19th century through to the present. While the focus is on American television and its related media, the forms these media take occur in the context of other nations, particularly Great Britain, creating their own broadcasting structures. The nature of this particular history is heavily reliant on cultural, social, industrial, and political histories, so those will be the foci through which we will study the history of each "new" media--radio and television were once new media, too--as it emerged, stabilized, interacted with other media, was regulated and deregulated, and was shaped by and shaped the culture around it. Moreover, in light of current television practices, we will be exploring television's national mass-medium foundations and how the origins of broadcasting created an environment that eventually led to today's fragmented media environment.

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Howell CAS 313 MW 2:30 pm-4:15 pm Stamped Approval
4 seats resrvd
until 9/5 for
transfer stdnts
Mts w/COM CI303
Mts w/CAS CI303

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
B1 Howell COM 111 F 9:05 am-9:55 am Stamped Approval

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
C1 Howell SED 212 F 10:10 am-11:00 am Stamped Approval
Class Full

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
D1 Howell EPC 203 F 11:15 am-12:05 pm Stamped Approval
2 seats
reserved for
transfer
students

FALL 2017 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
E1 Howell PSY B43 F 11:15 am-12:05 pm Stamped Approval
2 seats
reserved for
transfer
students

SPRG 2018 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Howell CAS 203 MW 2:30 pm-4:15 pm Stamped Approval
Mts w/CASCI303
Mts w/COMCI303
Seats reserved
for exeternal
transfer stdnts

SPRG 2018 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
B1 Howell COM 317 F 10:10 am-11:00 am Stamped Approval
Seats reserved
for external
transfer stdnts
until 1-18

SPRG 2018 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
C1 Howell COM 323 F 11:15 am-12:05 pm Stamped Approval

Note: this course was also offered during Summer Term

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