Understanding Television

This class focuses on television's evolution as a cultural practice from a historical and theoretical perspective. Taking a humanistic approach, it examines the nature, institutions, technologies, aesthetics, and socio-political functions of commercial and public-service broadcast television. Further, it scrutinizes contemporary technological and cultural changes, such as the rise of digital and transnational television phenomena, questioning how television formats, programs and institutions are influencing and influenced by major shifts in global mediascapes.