FI 209 — History of American Television

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course is a critical survey of the history of American television, from its birth out of radio during 1940s to the present, with its seemingly infinite options for platforms and content. While television programs will be surveyed in terms of chronology, this course also examines them as cultural artifacts and industrial products that reflect such issues as class, consumerism, gender, desire, race, and national identity. (G7: Humanities).