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Advanced topics in Audiovisual Culture in the USA

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Course ID: 4219-AW110-A Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.0 / (0220) Humanities (except languages), not further defined
Course title: Advanced topics in Audiovisual Culture in the USA Name in Polish: Advanced topics in Audiovisual Culture in the USA (Kultura audiowizualna w USA - zagadnienia zaawansowane)
Organizational unit: American Studies Center
Course groups: All classes - weekday programme - 2nd cycle - Advanced Track
obligatory lectures - weekday studies - MA level
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available)
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Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

The aim of the lecture is to introduce and explore various social and cultural aspects of contemporary audiovisual culture in the USA through the lens of historical and contemporary aesthetics. While the lecture will provide a general historical overview of the American audiovisual culture, particular attention will be paid to the transition from a modern to an electronic postmodern culture as well as the transformation from the analog to the digital. The lecture will also provide an overview of contemporary theories of media and visual culture.

Short description:

ATTENTION: Since the lecturer leaves for the United States in January 2017, four additional lectures will be held on Fridays: Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 2, and Dec 9. The final exam will be held in mid-December 2016, right before Christmas holidays.

The aim of the lecture is to introduce and explore various social and cultural aspects of contemporary audiovisual culture in the USA through the lens of historical and contemporary aesthetics. While the lecture will provide a general historical overview of the American audiovisual culture, particular attention will be paid to the transition from a modern to an electronic postmodern culture as well as the transformation from the analog to the digital. The lecture will also provide an overview of contemporary theories of media and visual culture.

Full description:

The lecture will focus on a range of issues in contemporary audiovisual culture in the U.S., including:

1. definitions of audiovisual culture

2. contemproary digital culture

3. video games

4. cable television

5. short film

6. music video

7. transmedia

8. opening and final credits as a genre

9. infographics and memes

Bibliography:

Selected secondary sources:

• Bate, David - Photography: The Key Concepts (2009)

• Bolter, Jay David & Richard Grusin - Remediation: Understanding New Media (2000)

• Castells Manuel - The Internet Galaxy. Reflections on the Internet, Business and Society (2001)

• Darley Andrew - Visual Digital Culture. Surface Play and Spectacle in New Media Genres (2000)

• Elkins, James - Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction (2003)

• Fiske John, John Hartley - Reading Television (2003)

• Manovich, Lev - The Language of New Media (2001)

• McLuhan Marshall - The Gutenberg Galaxy. The Making of Typographic Man (1971)

• Railey, Rita - Tactical Media (2009)

Learning outcomes:

Upon completing this course a student:

1. KNOWLEDGE

• has a knowledge of contemporary audiovisual culture in USA

• distinguishes a range of media and forms of American audiovisual culture, including the latest developments

• is aware of differences between various audiovisual media and analytical methods used in their analyses

2. SKILLS

• is able to use critical tools

• is able to formulate critical arguments about American audiovisual culture

• is able to use theoretical knowledge in analyses of individual manifestations of contemporary audiovisual culture in the USA

3. SOCIAL COMPETENCES

• is aware of cultural differences between the U.S. and Europe

• is open to new phenomena and ideas in audiovisual culture in the U.S.

• understands and appreciates the role of audiovisuality in the United States as well as the transformations of the culture under the influence of digital technologies

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Final written test and/or project.

Final grade:

• over 90% – 5

• 85-89% – 4+

• 80-84% – 4

• 70-79% – 3+

• 60-69% – 3

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