Television and Radio Criticism


Header image: "Electronic Superhighway" by: Nam June Paik, taken at the National Portrait Gallery (Credit: Felipe_Barreto on FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This website accompanies the course "Television and Radio Criticism" and is a forum for students to discuss readings, test out different critical approaches and share questions, comments, and ideas about course content. You are encouraged to post links to video clips, news stories, academic resources etc.


Mobina Hashmi (
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Office Hours: Wednesday, 11am - 1pm (in 1207 Ingersoll); Thursday, 3:45-4:45 pm (in 405 Whitehead); and, by appointment. 

Course Description

Bulletin: Survey of television and radio criticism. Influence of the medium and of individual programs on American Society. Writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: Television and Radio 3824 (24.1) or 3951 (25.1) or 3861 (26.1), or 3871 (27.1) or permission of the chairperson; English 1012 (2).

Details: This course provides an in-depth look at the main critical and theoretical approaches to studying television in particular, and the mass media in general. Students will learn the key concepts of theoretical approaches such as semiotics, ideological analysis, narrative theory, audience studies, psychoanalysis, feminism, and cultural studies and will learn how to use these theories to understand and critically analyze media texts, industries, audiences, and institutions. This is a writing-intensive course, and we will pay considerable attention to the process of researching, writing, and editing critical essays.


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This open educational resource was created as part of the CUNY and SUNY 2017-19 Open Educational Resources Initiatives. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature awarded CUNY and SUNY $16 million to implement open educational resources to develop, enhance and institutionalize new and ongoing open educational resources across both universities.

Special thanks to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, the CUNY Office of Library Services, Brooklyn College Administration and Professor Miriam Deutch, Coordinator, Brooklyn College Open Educational Resources Initiative. Site design and formatting by Colin McDonald, OER Developer.

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