Dr. Kelli Marshall
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Television is a primary source for the transmission of information, politics, entertainment, and our collective and dispersed cultures in the United States, arguably surpassing even film and newspaper because of its combined accessibility and visual appeals. Further, TV has for decades now shaped how we tell and understand stories about the worlds we live in and those we hope to live in. In your aspiration to become a professional in the field of television, understanding how TV operates culturally and socially in a sophisticated manner will ultimately make you a better creative artist, producer, manager, screenwriter, etc. In this class we will be working with the premise that there is no such thing as “just TV,” for certainly the industry wouldn’t survive if viewers didn’t care about what they watched. Thus, we will seek to master methods of analysis that “get beneath” TV such as marxist, organizational, cultural, psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, and erotic. Again, this course is designed to enhance further the skills of students interested primarily in producing and writing for TV; with a more nuanced understanding of the media, students will be more marketable in the industry at a variety of levels.
Three credits. Prerequisites: completion of 32 credit hours and English Composition II, a grade of C or higher in 52-1112/1122/1152 or 1162.