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Media, Culture and Communication Core

Examines theoretical approaches that are central to the study of media, culture, and communication. provides students with a historical and critical framework for understanding the literature and research traditions within the field of media studies with an emphasis on media and communication as institutional actors, technological artifacts, systems of representation and meaningful cultural objects.
Course #
MCC-GE 2001
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Media, Memory and History

This course examines the relationship of visual media to historical narratives and cultural memory. It looks at photography, film, television, and forms of new media in relation to theories of historiography and cultural memory.
Course #
MCC-GE 2135
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Mediating The Bio-Political Body

This seminar treats the body as a bio-political medium and media as mimetic, cyborgian and visualized forms of flexible embodiment. We will explore the political encoding of bodies as a crucial, yet under-analyzed, mode of modern political communication encompassing the racialized, colonized, gendered, medicalized, technologicalized, disabled and terrorized body.
Course #
MCC-GE 2201
Units
4
Term
Spring, Fall
Department

Mediating the Real

This course explores how forms of media and popular culture have historically
constructed a sense of realism, authenticity, or access to direct experience through various technologies, production, marketing, programming, performance techniques and promotion practices. It will survey the history of hoaxes, spectacles, photography, documentary, news, robotics, video games, virtual reality, reality television, and social media in order to trace the history and analyze the repercussions of the ethics, aesthetics and business of “the real”.
Course #
MCC-GE 2501
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Methods in Interpreting Popular Culture

Popular culture as both a producer and reflector of cultural meaning and a means of communication. Introduction to the fundamental theories and methods for understanding the construction of meaning in film, television, music, advertising and practices of everyday life, tracing the study of popular culture through film theory and mass media analysis to cultural studies.
Course #
MCC-GE 2145
Units
4
Term
January, Spring
Department

Middle East Media and Cultural Politics

Examines developments of culture, politics, and media in contemporary Middle East through an historical and cultural lens. Course is organized by theoretical theme and geographic location and addresses culture as a site of struggle; the impact of globatlization on Arab mass media; the connections between civil society, demoracy and Islam; and gender, national and diasporic identities.
Course #
MCC-GE 2275
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring
Department

Political Communication

Communicative aspects of American government, including the preparation of candidates, the electoral process, political advertising and public relations. The use of strategic communication to influence political agendas, the formation of public policy, and the process of political debate.
Course #
MCC-GE 2175
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Politics of The Gaze: Sensory Formations Modernity

The meditation and technological development of vision and its dominance over the human sensorium is integral to the emergence of the modern, including experiences of urbanism, consumer desire, gender/sexual identities, race and ethnicity, trans-cultural image systems, aesthetic production, and the making of power and political truth claims. This seminar will focus on introducing participants to the core theories and analytic methods of visual culture, and the socio-political history of the human sensorium in a variety of disciplines, including ethnography, social history, urban studies, cinema studies, social geography, material culture studies, and media studies.
Course #
MCC-GE 2112
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Postcolonialism and Media

The aim of this advanced graduate seminar is to bring together two fields which are rarely discussed together: postcolonial theory and global media studies. Although postcolonial theory is primarily concerned with issues of race, class, gender and decolonization, it has a deep underlying interest in the role of novels, narrative and visual modes in the process of decolonization. Global media studies, which focuses largely on the recent flow of money, images, peoples and commodities, needs to be critically aware of the ways in which minds,
bodies and states throughout the world are still entangled in colonial modes of thought and practice. Bringing these frameworks together can cast new light on power, mediation and coloniality.
Course #
MCC-GE 3134
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Production of Culture in the Digital Age

This is an exciting and potentially transformative moment for cultural production across the globe. This class will go behind the scenes to explore how culture (music, cinema, art, journalism, television dramas, social media, etc.) actually gets made. We will adopt a critical approach, reflecting on what's at stake, and investigate the social-structural, organizational, and technological forces that partially determine the aesthetic and political qualities of a range of cultural products.
Course #
MCC-GE 2184
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Professional Writing and Research Application

This course is meant to integrate skills & knowledge acquired during the master’s program to achieve a professional level of competency in several areas:writing for professional journals or websites; developing survey or other instruments for data production; surveying the scholarly literature; writing scholarly abstracts; understanding the processes of self-editing and peer reviewing; & giving polished oral presentations of final writing &/or web-based projects.
Course #
MCC-GE 2174
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Race and Media

This course focuses on the ways that media have shaped public discourse about race and racism both within and beyond the confines of the United States. The course considers a variety of media - television sitcoms and drama, television and print news, film, popular music, the internet and others - for the purpose of investigating how media have and continue to variably influence the public's 'racial agenda,' and the general content, tone and tenor of racial conversation in the public sphere.
Course #
MCC-GE 2025
Units
4
Term
Spring, Fall
Department

Screening History:American History in Hollywood

This course explores how popular Hollywood films construct versions of the historical past, & can be utilized as historical documents themselves. The films reach mass audiences, they entertain, they mythologize, they produce compelling narratives about the past, they simplify complex problems, & they have been influential in creating audiences’ historical understanding.Hollywood films are significant & complex cultural texts, & this course will study them as artifacts of a powerful communications entertainment industry whose visions of the past & arguments regarding social, political, economic order throughout the 20th century & into the 21st centuries warrants our close examination.
Course #
MCC-GE 2171
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Seminar in Media Criticism

Analysis of the media environment from a variety of critical perspectives. Emphasis on writing as well as reading media criticism.
Course #
MCC-GE 2100
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Semiotics

This course will explore semiotics & performance theory by comparing the modes of performance used in media (including television, film, radio, advertising, theater, music & visual art) with social performance in general. Readings will draw from classic & contemporary work in semiotics, performance theory & linguistic anthropology, analyzing media & art forms from around the world. Students will engage with the theoretical concepts & analytical models encountered in class by applying them to a media form, performance or piece of art of their own choosing.
Course #
MCC-GE 3103
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Social Life of Paper

What is the cultural work performed by or with the technology of paper? How can history of paper supplement and enrich recent histories of printing technology and printed artifactslike 'the book'? What would it mean to imagine a paperless future? Organized around discussions of readings in common, this course considers the history, production, circulation and use of paper in the social production of knowledge, the shared imagination of value, and the mutual relations of consumers and commodities.
Course #
MCC-GE 2344
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Sound Studies

This course examines central themes in the emerging field of “Sound Studies”. We explore a range of histories, archeologies and ethnographies of sound and listening, as it intersects with topics in media studies, science and technology studies, political economy and musicology. How has our experience of sound changed as we move from the piano to the personal computer, from the phonoautograph to the mp3? How have political, commercial, and cultural forces shaped what we are able to listen to, and how we listen to it? Finally, how have performers, physiologists, acousticians, engineers and philosophers worked to understand this radical transformation of the senses?
Course #
MCC-GE 2310
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Special Topics Global and Transcultural Communication

An umbrella course that examines global dynamics in culture and media in a broad international and historical context. Special attention is paid to the social, economic, and political theories that inform our understanding of the phenomena and experience of globalization, and its relationship to media and cultural production, distribution and consumption. Specific courses focus on transnational identity formation, political economy of global media, and regional clusters such as the Middle East, Asia, South America, etc.
Course #
MCC-GE 3130
Units
4
Term
Fall
Department

Special Topics Global and Transcultural Communication: Mapping Transnational

This course examines theoretical & methodological challenges in producing cartographies of the global that pay attention to transnational flows, assemblages, circuits & disjunctures across multiple political & social processes. Paying special attention to ethnographic challenges, we will conduct close readings of select global ethnographies of media & communication in order to discuss & decenter the politics of transnational linkages organized around issues of modernity, mobility & locality.
Course #
MCC-GE 3132
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department

Special Topics in Critical Theory

This umbrella course examines select topics in critical, cultural, social, and political theory, with special attention to problems of interpretation in the humanities and related social sciences in both historical and theoretical contexts.
Course #
MCC-GE 3010
Units
4
Term
Spring
Department