Glued to the Screen: TV Shows, Norms, and CultureSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
Communication, Film Studies, Media Studies
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

From broadcast syndication to Netflix binge watching, our experience with television is dynamic and evolving. Yet, what persists is its power to shape our societies’ gender roles, race relations, class divisions, sexual norms, and values. This course introduces the notion of TV as a cultural forum, a social regulator, and a social critique. Using examples from American and Scandinavian television, we analyze how TV operates by working through social issues, and how TV shows mirror societal concerns and assumptions.

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Anne Bachmann

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, 2014). M.St. in European Literature (Oxford University, 2004). Taught Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies and Media and Communication at Stockholm University 2006–2017 (part time), as well as at other Swedish universities. Fields of interest include media history, intermedial studies, visual culture, gender studies and postcolonial studies. With DIS since 2017.