Five College Consortium

Drama and the Media

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
Theater
Course Number: 
105
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
This course asks students to consider the following questions: How are media constructed and produced? Received and understood? And how do media make meaning in culture? How are the stories and mythologies that circulate in various media (film, TV, print, social media) made "dramatic" or framed by and structured using theatrical techniques? And to what ends? How do social groups perform themselves and others?

Locating our study in the cultures of the United States, Middle East, and Africa, and by exploring the connections between "drama" and "media," we will develop our abilities to critically analyze and decode meaning embedded in media texts, consider how nations perform themselves and others using various media, and ultimately become more savvy, ethical media consumers/producers and citizens of our global world.
Comments: 
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE - fulfills two requirements: AT & G

As a core course in your General Education, this introductory level class asks you to question common assumptions about media, which include theatre/performance, literature, film, advertising, radio, music, social media and other forms. Using dramatic conventions, structures, and techniques as tools to enable in-depth analysis and critique, we will explore the following questions:

How are media constructed and produced? Received and understood? And how do media make meaning in culture? How are the stories and mythologies that circulate in various media (film, TV, print, social media) made "dramatic" or framed by and structured using theatrical techniques? And to what ends? How do social groups perform themselves and others?

Locating our study in the cultures of the United States, Middle East, and Africa, and by exploring the connections between "drama" and "media," we will develop our abilities to critically analyze and decode meaning embedded in media texts, consider how nations perform themselves and Others using various media, and ultimately become more savvy, ethical media consumers/producers and citizens of our global world.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
41619

Course Sections

Drama and the Media
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Megan Lewis TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM