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Activist Art & Creative Activism

The course will focus on the tactical, strategic, & organizational uses of artistic aesthetic taken up by the activist for the purpose of social change. The course will rely on both a survey of the existing theory & scholarship on "artistic activism," as well as close analyses of contemporary practices on a local, national & global scale. Special attention will be paid to issues of creativity & efficacy, addressing questions concerning the value of this hybrid practice as both an aesthetic & political activity.
Course #
MCC-GE 2155
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Architecture as Media:

This class reads architecture and the built environment through the lenses of media, communication, and culture. Through analyses of a range of spaces - from Gothic cathedrals to suburban shopping malls to homes, factories, skyscrapers and digital cities - students will acquire a vocabulary for relating representations and practices, symbols and structures, and for identifying the ideological and aesthetic positions that produce settings for everyday life.
Course #
MCC-GE 2030
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Censorship in American Culture

This course examines censorship in American culture, from the late 19th century to the present and surveys areas where debates about censorship have been urgently contested, from discussion about birth control, to literature, film, theater, art galleries and history museums, to public sidewalks, lecture halls, to the internet. students will explore the historical contexts in which important cultural and legal struggles over censorship took place, and how this history effects contemporary debates about the arts, sexuality, national security, technology, privacy, and government involvement in the marketplace of ideas and images.
Course #
MCC-GE 2010
Credits
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Comm and Persuasion: Sociological Propaganda

A series of analyses of the history, theories, techniques, and results of propaganda in society with special focus on the relationship between interaction (sociological) propaganda and communication in our increasingly technological society; case studies drawn from public relations, commercial advertising, social movements, and the mass media.
Course #
MCC-GE 2265
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Communication Processes: Gender,Race/Cultural Id

Course examines past and current studies on language, communication theories, speech perception, and other aspects of verbal and nonverbal behavior. Students relate these studies to how gender, race, culture and sexual orientation are developed and reflected in society in both personal and professional relationships.
Course #
MCC-GE 2182
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Communication/Political Propaganda

A series of analyses of the history, theories, techniques, and results of propaganda in society with special focus on the relationship between agitation (political) propaganda and communication in our increasingly technological society; case studies drawn from national and international sources.
Course #
MCC-GE 2270
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Consumer Culture and Media Consumption

This course examines theories of consumption, consumer culture, commodification, branding, and the changing patterns of media consumption. We will investigate the history of consumer society from the nineteenth century through contemporary consumer practices shaped by digital media, changing spaces of consumerism, taste and lifestyle, the consumption of entertainment media, and critiques and resistances to consumerism.
Course #
MCC-GE 2215
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Contemporary Theory and Research/Globalization

This course seeks to cover the landscape in contemporary theorizing and research on cultural globalization. It is organized broadly around three partially competing/partially complementary theories of globalization - homogenization, enduring cultural differences, and hybridization. We will attempt to bring each of these theories to life with case studies of the production, distribution, and reception of cultural forms and experiences from across the globe. We will also review research methods, including cross-national comparative research design, ethnography, in-depth interviews, content analysis, and historical/archival research methods, focusing in particular on the methods used in course readings.
Course #
MCC-GE 2229
Credits
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Critical Video: Theory & Practice

This course will introduce students to critical video-the use of documentary, ethnographic, and research-based video to investigate and critique contemporary culture. The class offers students a theoretical overview of documentary video, a set of conceptual tools to analyze video, and an introduction to the practice of video production for small and mobile screens. Students will apply texts on video's history, culture and distribution, as well as on the ethical challenges of video production, to their own research-based video project. No prior experience in video production is required.
Course #
MCC-GE 2142
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Culture and Media in Urban China

Course #
MCC-GE 2836
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Decolonizing Media

Visual activism takes its name from the practice of the engaged photographer Zanele Muholi in South Africa’s LGBTQ communities. Since 2015, visual activism has engendered rst the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, leading to the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the University of Cape Town, and now the Decolonize the Curriculum campaign. This workshop in decolonial visual activism engages with the intersection of decolonizing and the colonial monument. It brings together “theory” and “praxis”– aka “writing” and “rioting”–intersecting key theoretical materials, activist campaigns and the material legacies of colonial culture. As a course outcome, students will propose a visual activist response to the issue of the monument/museum and (de)colonized knowledges.
Course #
MCC-GE 2153
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Digital and Computational Media Workshop

Production-based course designed as a structured classroom environment for hands-on, critical inquiry. Students receive research guidance, feedback & support for individually-designed & executed digital media/computational projects. May be taken in conjunction with another MCC course or as a stand-alone course in which students develop an independent project that may be an outgrowth of a previous MCC course.
Course #
MCC-GE 2199
Credits
1 - 4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Digital Media: Data and the Self

There has been much public outcry over the data-tracking practices of governments and corporations and how these threaten civil liberties. Meanwhile, people have increasingly embraced wearable technologies and smartphone apps to monitor and analyze their own bodies and lives. How do individuals "datafy" themselves and how, in turn, does data intimately shape their experience, identity, and life chances? What does contemporary self-tracking (and its pre-digital antecedents) reveal about changing cultural values, political contexts, and understandings of the self?
Course #
MCC-GE 2138
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Evolution of Technology

Traces the development of technology from historical, current, and future-oriented perspectives. Attention given to intended and unintended consequences of technological events.
Course #
MCC-GE 2125
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Global Food Cultures: Mobile Food Delivery as Media Infrastructure

In Shanghai, food stalls, restaurants and marketplaces have migrated online. The
Coronavirus pandemic intensified this virtualization. This course treats mobile food delivery as a
media infrastructure and examines how new delivery systems form part of a distributed urban
ecosystem. Students use critical cartography and digital storytelling to explore cultural,
economic and political issues raised by the growth of food delivery apps, such as food
production reorganization, socio-economic conditions of delivery workers, and shifts in the city's built environment.
Course #
MCC-GE 2353
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Globalization & Gender

This course examines how definitions and practices of gender and sexuality are reproduced in the context of globalization and transnational flows. Engaging key texts in feminist/global cultural studies, discussions will address issues of citizenship, global labors flows, migration, and media representations.
Course #
MCC-GE 2210
Credits
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Independent Study

It should be noted that independent study requires a minimum of 45 hours of work per point. Independent study cannot be applied to the established professional education sequence in teaching curricula. Each departmental program has established its own maximum credit allowance for independent study. This information may be obtained from a student?s department. Prior to registering for independent study, each student should obtain an Independent Study Approval Form from the adviser.
Course #
MCC-GE 2300
Credits
1 - 4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Internship:Communication Studies

The internship program promotes the integration of academic theory with practical experience. Internships expand student understandings of the dynamics of the ever-changing field of communication.
Course #
MCC-GE 2235
Credits
1 - 4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Interpersonal Communication in a Digital World

This course explores interpersonal communication choices and outcomes in our ever-changing digital landscape. The class focuses on interpersonal relationships such as family, friends, and romantic relationships and will tackle topics such as online identity, listening, starting and ending relationships, social saturation, parasocial relationships, conflict, and deception. The class will critically discuss how today's technology (e.g., social media, email) impacts the quality of our interactions so that we have the tools needed to create successful relationships.
Course #
MCC-GE 2290
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Introduction to Methods in Media Studies

This course provides an overview of the most relevant qualitative methods used to research media audiences, platforms, technologies, industry, history, policies and texts.
Course #
MCC-GE 2145
Credits
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication