Academic Catalog 2017-2018
LALW406 Friday Night Lights:An American Mirror 3cr.
This interdisciplinary course addresses the American television drama series, Friday
Night Lights (2006-2011), a show that treats beliefs,behaviors, and values common to many 21st
century Americans. In consultation with the professor, each student proposes, develops,and
completes a semester-long research or creative project that considers an aspect of this
award-winning television series (for instance, theshow’s worldview, or its writing, acting,
editing, directing). Approved student projects manifest the perspective of two or more
Liberal Arts disciplines.
In class meetings, students view or review Season One of Friday Nights Lights (all
episodes) and related material. They exchange responses to the screened material. They
present original scholarlyor creative projects in preliminary, intermediate, and final stages. Presenters furnish ancillary readings that contextualize their presentations. Class
members peer review all projects. Class members publish their completed scholarly project,
creative project, or scholarly/creative project on a dedicated class website