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Course Details

Course TitleConspiracy
CampusSwarthmore
SemesterFall 2018
Registration IDFMST04301
Credit1
DepartmentFilm and Media Studies
InstructorRehak, R
Times and DaysM 01:15pm-04:00pm
Room LocationKohlberg 115
Course Info

Investigates conspiracy and the paranoid imagination both within film and television narratives (through stories built around plots, hidden agendas, and betrayal) and as a mode of skepticism and mistrust toward media themselves (the role played by media in coverups, hoaxes, and "fake news"). Focusing on a period from the Cold War to present day politics, the course constructs an archeology of screen, print, and interactive media to explore the shifting meanings of conspiracy in response to technological and social change. Topics include the structural affinities among conspiracy, narration, and seriality; recurring thematics such as biological contagion, corporate and patriarchal menace, and supernatural forces; and the role of digital media in both spreading and debunking conspiracies. Required weekly viewing.

Miscellaneous Info

Course Record Number: 17226
Enrollment Limit: 35
Current Enrollment: 12
Distribution: Humanities

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