Communication Studies (CMNS) 423
The Television Age (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Humanities
CMNS 423 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Communication Studies 423: The Television Age examines the familiar medium of television as a technology, an industry, an educator, a medium for propaganda, and an art form. Students will study the major trends in television broadcasting and performance as well as major trends in critical responses to television. Assignments, readings, commentaries, and television viewing, will be used to help students examine and analyze the impact and implications of television in the past, present, and future.
- Unit 1: The History of Television and the Nature of the Medium
- Unit 2: The State of the Art and the Industry
- Unit 3: Sponsorship and Art
- Unit 4: Genres and Formats I
- Unit 5: Genres and Formats II
- Unit 6: News, Tabloid, Reality TV, and the Creation of Community
- Unit 7: The Power to Educate and Inform
- Unit 8: Stereotypes and Role Models
- Unit 9: The Offensive Side of Television
- Unit 10: Global Television
To receive credit for CMNS 423, complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of at least 50 percent on Assignment 4, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:
|Assignment 1: Short Essay||25%|
|Assignment 2: Short Analysis Essay||20%|
|Assignment 3: Short Analysis Essay||20%|
|Assignment 4: Research Essay||35%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Mirrlees, T., & Kispal-Kovacs, J. (Eds.). (2013). The television reader: Critical perspectives in Canadian and US television studies. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
All other materials required for this course can be accessed online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
|Part I: Take home essay exam||50%|
|Part II: Paper exam||50%|
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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Opened in Revision 5, xxx xx, 2015.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services