The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

BLS 340: Magic, Media, & Popular Imagination

Magic, Media, & Popular Imagination

This course will study the photographic image in its production and reproduction of popular myth and the ways our media experiences reconcile nature with the supernatural. Through this course, students will explore narrative form in visual storytelling, the human fascination with image, and the power of image to communicate ideas, chronicle emotion, and command myth.

Critics of popular media will be quick to argue that film and television are hardly deeply profound or philosophical. Yet, popular media provide audiences with an array of explanations for the human condition in an unsystematic study of being that assuredly contributes to our understanding of human nature and the nature of our reality. This discourse about our "being" comes delivered through technologies that expand human senses beyond their biological limits, providing experiences that are transpersonal. Media viewing places audiences out of the usual state of consciousness, allowing us to vicariously visit distant places and become sympathetically involved in the lives of people we cannot personally know. There are aspects of popular media that seem innately metaphysical, implying that our physical existence is not the only or most valid reality. Film and television present us with images in illusory motion, inviting us to become ghostly voyeurs of fabricated worlds.

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Spring 2015 Class Dates
Winter Session (POT W)
• 15 Dec: Session Begins
• 16 Dec: Add/Drop Ends
• 05 Jan: W Deadline !!!
• 20 Jan: Session Ends
Full Semester (POT 1)
• 12 Jan: Session Begins
• 16 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 06 Mar: W Deadline !!!
• 28 Apr: Session Ends
• 06 May: Exams End
BLS Session 1 (POT A)
• 12 Jan: Session Begins
• 16 Jan: Add/Drop Ends
• 04 Feb: W Deadline !!!
• 27 Feb: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT B)
• 02 Mar: Session Begins
• 04 Mar: Add/Drop Ends
• 02 Apr: W Deadline !!!
• 27 Apr: Session Ends
• 06 May: Exams End

Congratulations to our December 2014 Graduates!
• Celina Amerson
• Cecilia Barber
• Shannon Beams-Zundel
• Alexander Best
• Deborah Burris
• Susan Carpenter
• Julia Carter
• Patricia Cheek
• Adam Cummings
• Laura Gora
• Brandon Hendrix
• Peter Hess
• Dana Howald
• Melanie Joy
• Chasidy Kearns
• Christine Keat
• David Keen
Nargiza Kiger
• Rachel Lewis
• Stephanie Mitcham
• Kimberly Morrow
• Anna Moyer
• Benjamin Robinson
• Ginger Schepis
• Kristen Scramlin
• Jenna Sorgen
• Apryl Syriac
• Joshua Tench
• Sharese Turnage
• Lula Wallace
• Sara Washam
• Erin Wheatley

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