Syllabus for Twisted Reality Shows Class

Just for laughs I am sharing the syllabus for my Twisted Reality Shows Class.

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Governors State University CAS/LIBA/MCOM College of Arts and Sciences Division of Liberal Arts Media Communications
Fall 2013 Twisted Reality Shows MCOM-4070-03
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. August 27-December 8, 2013
Catalog Description As reality shows become a larger part of the overall entertainment market share, the question of what is “real” becomes increasingly more important. The nature of entertainment and of celebrity has been forever altered by the prevalence of reality shows on television.
While before, people became famous for doing things (such as actress Grace Kelly, who went on to marry Prince Rainer of Monaco) now they become famous simply for being famous (Kendra Wilkenson, Kate Gosselin, Paris Hilton). This major shift in culture has affected not only what we watch for enjoyment, but how we react to the world around us.
Audience People interested in better understanding the world of television reality shows. People studying or working in media. People interested in cultural changes.
Course Objectives
• Understanding the differences between types of reality shows.
• Interpreting how the new celebrity culture impacts our world views.
• Analyzing reality television shows to determine what is real, and what isn’t.
• Comparing/Contrasting reality shows and documentaries.
• Determining the overall impact reality shows have on the real world.
Expected Student Outcomes
• Discussions are designed to assist students in learning from each other.
• Written projects are designed for students to demonstrate their ability to apply what they learned in this class through a series of papers.
• Videos are presented to provide students with a broader understanding of the topics being presented.
• Thinking is expected of students as they reflect on class materials.
• Excellence is what is expected from students in this class. Excellence is defined as the ability students have to live out of their own best abilities and standards and not those of others. What is the most you can be or do to satisfy and delight yourself? This is excellence. This is different than perfection which only brings guilt and a sense of failure.
• Fun is not always frivolous, but always pleasurable. It makes people feel good. When students are enjoying themselves, generally more learning occurs. Laughter is encouraged.
Instructional Modality This class will primarily be focused on discussion. Watching reality television shows outside of class and providing insightful comments to the class will be required. The creation of a reality show “pitch” will be required.
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Governors State University CAS/LIBA/MCOM College of Arts and Sciences Division of Liberal Arts Media Communications
Fall 2013 Twisted Reality Shows MCOM-4070-03
WEEK DATE TOPIC NOTES/ASSIGNMENTS DUE
• Review of syllabus and class expectations Week 1 8-27-13
• What is reality television? Defining the genres and subcategories.
• Where did reality TV come from? Financial realities
Week 2 9-3-13
and the writers’ strike.
• Realty TV vs. Documentary TV
• The Real World and the birth of reality TV
Week 3 9-10-13
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• Who is watching reality TV? Demographics.
• How much of reality is real?
• Reality show psychology
Week 4 9-17-13
• Reality TV archetypes
• Who’s that? Reality show celebrities
• Show me the money: What does reality TV pay? Week 5 9-24-13 Test on Weeks 1-4 Test on Weeks 1-4 Week 6 10-1-13 Love, Sex and Marriage Week 7 10-8-13 Family Dynamics Week 8 10-15-13 Reality TV and Kids Week 9 10-22-13 Voyeuristic TV
Week 10 10-29-13 Summing up relationship reality TV
Analysis Essay 1 Due Results will be discussed in class Week 11 11-5-13 Competition in Exotic Locales Week 12 11-12-13 Talent Contests/”Reality” Game Shows
Week 13 11-19-13 Summing up competitive reality TV
Analysis Essay 2 Due Results will be discussed in class Week 14 11-26-13 Good/Bad/Neutral: The effects of reality TV
Week 15 12-3-13 Pitch Presentation
Pitch paper and essay due Pitch presentations due
EVALUATION
UNDERGRADUATE SCALE A 90-100 pts (90-100%) B 80-89 pts (80-89%) C 70-79 pts (70-79%) D 60-69 pts (60-69%) F 59 pts or less
GRADUATE SCALE A 92-100 pts (92-100%) B 83-91 pts (83-91%) C 74-82 pts (74-82%) D 65-73 pts (65-73%) F 64 pts or less
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Governors State University CAS/LIBA/MCOM College of Arts and Sciences Division of Liberal Arts Media Communications
Fall 2013 Twisted Reality Shows MCOM-4070-03
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTIONS
Test (15 points) September 24 Multiple choice and essay test on information presented in Weeks 1-4
Show Analysis 1 (10 points) Due date: October 29 Watch a minimum of three episodes of a reality show NOT VIEWED IN CLASS from one of the following categories: Love, Sex and Marriage; Family; Kids and Reality TV; Voyeuristic TV and write a 1-2 page analysis of the show. Analysis should include:
• Show category
• Characters/archetypes
• Intended audience
• Product tie-ins
• Your opinion of the level of “reality” on a scale of 1-10 (10 being real, 1 being total fiction) and why
• You must include the episode titles and original air dates in your references
Be prepared to discuss your essay in class.
Show Analysis 2 (10 points) Due date: November 19 Watch a minimum of three episodes of a reality show NOT VIEWED IN CLASS from one of the following categories: Competition in Exotic Locales; Talent Contests; Game Shows and write a 1-2 page analysis of the show. Analysis should include:
• Show category
• Characters/archetypes
• Intended audience
• Product tie-ins
• Your opinion of the level of “reality” on a scale of 1-10 (10 being real, 1 being total fiction) and why
• You must include the episode titles and original air dates in your references
Be prepared to discuss your essay in class.
Reality Show Pitch: Final Project (35 points: 20 points essay; 15 points presentation) Due date: December 3 Write and present a “pitch” for a new reality show.
• Your pitch must detail the title, premise, types of characters/archetypes, intended audience, product tie- ins, recommended commercials, host (if applicable).
• You will “sell” the pitch to your classmates in a 5-7 minute presentation during our final class on November 27. PowerPoint is highly recommended, but is not required. Video is permitted.
• Write a 4-5 page essay to be handed in to the professor analyzing each category of the pitch and explaining your motivation and reasoning.
30 points possible for attendance and participation
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Governors State University CAS/LIBA/MCOM College of Arts and Sciences Division of Liberal Arts Media Communications
Fall 2013 Twisted Reality Shows MCOM-4070-03
POLICIES Attendance Please note that because this class is discussion based, attendance and participation are extremely important. Each class is worth 2 points. If you do not attend, you will receive 0 points for that class session. Attendance without participation will earn you no more than 1 points for that class session. Participation is based on quality, not quantity.
If you are going to miss class or you have missed class, it is your responsibility to contact the professor or another student to find out what was viewed/discussed in class and to find a copy of any items viewed and watch them prior to the following class. It is also your responsibility to hand in any assignments that were due the class you missed (see LATE WORK).
Accepted reasons for excused absences (documentation needed for absence to be excused upon returning to class):
• Illness of student or your dependent (doctor’s note required)
• Death in family (obituary, Mass card or program required)
• Religious observance
• University sponsored absences (such as a field trip for another class or an internship interview)
Because attendance is so important, you are only allowed three (3) excused absences or two (2) unexcused absences before a letter grade reduction will take place. If you miss more than five (5) classes total, you will receive a failing grade for the course.
Tardiness Occasionally, life or work interferes and may cause you to be late to class. This is understandable. However, habitual tardiness is rude to the instructor and to your fellow students. If you have a regular scheduling problem because of your work/child care schedule, please speak to the professor.
Arriving in class later than 11:45 a.m. is unacceptable and you will not be admitted to enter class.
Late Work Late assignments will be penalized 10% of the total possible points per week late, and will not be accepted if they are more than two weeks late. If you are in attendance the day an assignment is due but do not hand in your assignment, the assignment is considered late as of the end of that class period. If you are absent the day an assignment is due, you are responsible for getting your assignment to the professor via email or through the departmental mail no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the next class meeting for the assignment to be counted as handed in on-time. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Cell Phones As a courtesy toward your fellow students and the professor, mute or turn off your cell phone. If you are expecting an emergency call, please inform the professor at the beginning of the class and promptly and quietly leave the classroom when your call comes, then return promptly and quietly.
Laptops Laptops are permitted for taking notes, however, the professor reserves the right to require that laptops be turned off and put away if she perceives they are being used for any other purpose.
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Governors State University CAS/LIBA/MCOM College of Arts and Sciences Division of Liberal Arts Media Communications
Fall 2013 Twisted Reality Shows MCOM-4070-03
Children Students are responsible for finding child care if necessary. Children are not permitted in the classroom except in extreme/unusual circumstances. You must obtain the professor’s permission before bringing your child to class. Some topics, discussions and images in this course may not be suitable for children.
UNIVERSITY POLICIES
Disability Statement Students who have a disability or special needs and require accommodation in order to have equal access to the classroom, must register with the designated staff member in the Academic Resource Center. Please go to Room B1201 or call (708) 534-4090 and ask for the Coordinator of Disability Services. Students will be required to provide documentation of any disability when an accommodation is requested.
Academic Honesty Statement Students are expected to fulfill academic requirements in an ethical and honest manner. This expectation pertains to the following: use and acknowledgment of the ideas and work of others, submission of work to fulfill course requirements, sharing of work with other students, and appropriate behavior during examinations. These ethical considerations are not intended to discourage people from studying together or from engaging in group projects. The university policy on academic honesty appears in the catalog appendix, which can be found on the website at http://www.govst.edu/catalog/appendix.htm.
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