English & Media Studies (EMS)
EMS 200 Introduction to Film, Literature and Media (3 credits)
This course helps students become more adept readers of cultural texts. When we read a text, we engage in a practice; this practice is shaped by the text and by the conditions of its production and reception. This course provides a basic foundation for understanding how a variety of textual forms and genres work in terms of style and form. Students will read, view and listen for plot and pleasure, as well as for the intricate processes of narrative, visual and sonic construction that create meanings and affect audiences. This course asks students to think about how texts are made and to think about what practices we use to critically read cultural texts.
EMS 201 Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)
This course considers culture as an arena of social and political struggle. This course looks at how cultural texts change meaning and significance as they become increasingly “popular.” Is what we consider “popular” completely evacuated of substantive meaning? Is it a matter of generational and disciplinary differences? If we are considering subcultural formations, do you have to be "inthe culture to be able to "read" the texts produced by that culture? What does it mean to read from outside? This class gives students a vocabulary to enter debates about the meanings of cultural texts.