Spring Semester | NYU Paris
At NYU Paris, you'll acquire or improve your French language skills while exploring the city's media, art, literature, politics, and history. Paris has an extraordinary history and is a city of intense national, global and cultural change.
Sample MCC courses at NYU Paris:
- MCC-UE 9454 Global Media Seminar: France and Europe This course introduces students to the basic structures and practices of media in Europe and their relationship to everyday social life. Specific case studies highlight current trends in the production, distribution, consumption, and regulation of media. Topics may include entertainment formats, advertising and publicity, news and information, content regulation, piracy and independent media, and innovations and emerging practices in digital media. Courses are conducted in English.
- MCC-UE 9345 Fashion and Power This course examines fashion as a form of communication and culture. Through cultural and media studies theory, we will examine how fashion makes meaning, and how it has been valued through history, popular culture and media institutions, focusing on the relationship between fashion, visual self-presentation, and power.
- MCC-UE 9012 Crime, Violence, and Media Debates about the role of crime in the media have been among the most sustained and divisive in the field of communications, and they are dependent on a foundation of equally divisive debates about “media influence.” This course will broaden this discussion to consider the culture of crime in relation to conventions of news and entertainment in the mass media, and its larger social and political context.
- MCC-UE 9032 Social Media Networking This course examines social media from a cultural perspective, with a focus on how media technologies figure in practices of everyday life and in the construction of social relationships and identities. We work from an expansive definition of “technology,” considering the term in a cultural sense to include various practices and tools used to communicate in everyday life. Lastly, the course looks at the impact of social media on journalism and activism, including a dissection of the recent debates on the power of social media to transform these fields.
Spring Semester | NYU Prague
Prague stands at the crossroads of Europe, where East meets West and the past meets the present - a city of present-day political excitement and historical imagery. Courses are taught by prominent professors from Europe and the United States, and include former leading dissidents, writers, foreign ambassadors, government ministers, artists and public intellectuals.
Sample MCC courses at NYU Prague:
- MCC-UE 9453 Global Media Seminar: Post Communist Media Systems This course focuses on European media and the transformation of the Czechoslovakian media after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Czechoslovakian media are considered alongside developments in a broad range of European perspectives in order to acquaint students with the basic features of the European landscape of print and electronic media.
- MCC-UE 9008 Video Games: Culture and Industry Examines the emergence of video games as sites of contemporary cultural production and practice. Special attention is given to the symbolic and aesthetic dimensions of video games, including their various narratives forms and sub-genres, and concentrates on their interactive dimensions.
- MCC-UE 9014 Media and Cultural Analysis An introduction to approaches and practices used to criticize the content, structure, and context (including effects) of significant media in our society. Background readings, examination of current criticism, and beginning practice in media criticism are employed.
- MCC-UE 9015 Advertising and Society This course examines the emergence of advertising as a form of communication, its influence upon other forms of mediated communication and its impact upon culture and society.
Fall Semester | NYU Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires offers an exceptional opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Latin America while taking part in the lively activities of the day-to-day life of Argentina's capital city. With its distinct European-Latin American style, Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango, is one of the largest port cities in the world and is considered the financial and cultural center of Argentina.
Sample MCC course at NYU Buenos Aires:
- MCC-UE 9455 Global Media Seminar: Latin America This course takes an historical and cultural approach to the development of the popular press, cinema, radio, television and the contemporary processes of the new media. There is a central question for the course: Is there any singularity in Latin American media? The answer assumes that there is a specific relation between tradition and modernity in Latin American societies with many consequences for mass culture and media.
- MCC-UE 9111 Journalism and Society: Leaks and Whistleblowers This course analyzes the role of media concentration and technological innovation as twin driving forces in the leak era over recent years. We will study the consequences of these changes at three different levels: (i) the legal consequences for whistleblowers; (ii) the resulting birth of global networks and partnerships that expose technical, cultural and economic limitations in the traditional media; and (iii) the geopolitical implications, as a breach in one government's security apparatus is a victory for that government's opponents. Finally, we will confront one larger question: whether the big leak era means that transparency will (could?) replace fairness as journalism's main paradigm.
- MCC-UE 9121 Tango and Mass Culture This course explores Tango as an aesthetic, social and cultural formation that is articulated in interesting and complex ways with the traditions of culture and politics in Argentina and Latin America more generally. During the rapid modernization of the 1920s and 1930s, Tango (like Brazilian Samba), which had been seen as a primitive and exotic dance, began to emerge as a kind of modern primitive art form that quickly came to occupy a central space in nationalist discourse.
Fall Semester | NYU Shanghai
Shanghai has emerged as one of the primary global cities of the 21st century, a city of rapid growth that personifies the complexity of the new China.
Sample MCC course at NYU Shanghai:
- MCC-UE 9451 Global Media Seminar: Media in China This course introduces students to contemporary media industries in China, including print, broadcasting, film, public relations, advertising, and new media. By incorporating both practical and theoretical study, the course reviews the structures, functions, and influences of various forms of media industries and analyzes current issues from historical, regulatory, social, and technological perspectives.
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