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Activist Art & Creative Activism

Course #
MCC-GE 2155
Units
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Architecture as Media:

Course #
MCC-GE 2030
Units
0
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
Units
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Comm and Persuasion: Sociological Propaganda

Course #
MCC-GE 2265
Units
0
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
Units
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Communication/Political Propaganda

Course #
MCC-GE 2270
Units
0
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
Units
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Contemporary Theory and Research/Globalization

Course #
MCC-GE 2229
Units
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
Units
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
Units
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
Units
1 - 4
Department

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
Units
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Globalization & Gender

Course #
MCC-GE 2210
Units
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Internet Governance: Mapping Internet Governance Principles, Policies and Practices

Course #
MCC-GE 2305
Units
0
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
Units
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
Units
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Law, Media and World Order

Course #
MCC-GE 2304
Units
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Media and the Enviroment

This course investigates the ways human and natural environments have been shaped by media representations and technologies, extending from newspapers, photography, and popular literature, to film, television, and video games. Integrating eco-cinema, eco-criticism, environmental communication, and environmental studies, the course explores how environments are represented in visual media through different historical and social contexts, beginning with the rise of landscape photography, scientific representations of nature, and “fictional” wildlife films, to environmental media works in the 1960s to the role of contemporary interactive and “recycling” based aesthetics.
Course #
MCC-GE 2027
Units
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Media Archaeology

Course #
MCC-GE 2134
Units
0
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication

Media Events & Spectacle

This course examines the role played by media events and spectacle in the shaping of belief, attitudes, and actions, with particular attention paid to the concept of the masses and its changed meaning over time. The course examines concepts of mass culture, the decentralization of cultural forms, and the rise of convergence culture. It explores the history of the media event and the theories that have shaped it, and the role of spectacle in society from the Renaissance to modern society to the age of digital media.
Course #
MCC-GE 2200
Units
4
Department
Media, Culture, and Communication