Current Course Details

Please check Albert or the Registrar's Office site for the most up-to-date class meeting times, locations, and call numbers. The courses will be open in Albert; there is no need to contact the Department directly. Albert wait lists will be available for all courses. Please email us with any additional questions.

MCC Graduate Courses Spring 2019

MCC-GE 2133 Topics in Digital Media: Digital Media & Materiality
Professor: Co-taught Alexander Galloway and Leif Weatherby (German)
Wednesdays 2:00-4:40PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Technology and Society

This seminar will introduce students to the range of recent materialist research, while at the same time maintaining a skepticism about claims of the “newness” of this approach & the coherence or unity of the “material turn” in social theory. While including materialist media theory, the course will also focus on the elemental aspects of digital media – from codes & circuits to power generation & storage – in order to assess the usefulness of materialist & infrastructural analytics for understanding contemporary media systems.

MCC-GE 2134 Media Archaeology
Professor: Mara Mills
Thursdays 4:55-7:05| 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture & Cultural Studies, Technology and Society, MCC Research

Explores theoretical, methodological, and archival strategies for research on early or obsolete media artifacts. This seminar functions as an ongoing research studio while discussing central texts in the field of media archaeology.

MCC-GE 2140 Studies in Organizational Communication
Professor: Deborah Borisoff
Wednesdays 4:55-7:05 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Interaction and Social Processes

This course examines organization communication and the influences that create and define organizational climate. Topics include: diagnosing organizational cultures; the effects of gender, culture and race on organizational communication; communication and leadership; and organizational conflict.

MCC-GE Screening History: American History in Hollywood
Professor: Brett Gary
Thursdays 2:00-4:10 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies, Media Institutions and Politics

This course explores how popular Hollywood films construct versions of the historical past, & can be utilized as historical documents themselves.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

MCC-GE 2199 Digital and Computational Media Workshop
Professor: Jamie Bianco
Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Technology and Society

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.

MCC-GE 2201 Mediating The Bio-Political Body
Professor: Allen Feldman
Mondays 4:55-7:05 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies, Media Institutions and Politics

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.

MCC-GE 2231 Topics in Digital Media: Privacy/Surveillance
Professor: Finn Brunton
Mondays 4:00-2:10 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Technology and Society, Media Institutions and Politics

This course examines three aspects of the surveillance system: the history and future of the technologies, the institutions that deploy them (e.g., private companies, military organizations, civil states), and moral and ethical questions around public, private, and surveilled media. Students learn about surveillance and privacy tools; analyze the challenges they pose to social structures like national jurisdictions, sovereign borders, and the model of private life and introspection; explain the consequences of their use; and design and argue for alternative systems.

MCC-GE 2290 Interpersonal Communication in a Digital World
Professor: Susan Fox
Mondays 4:55-7:05 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Interaction and Social Processes

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.

MCC-GE 2308 The Racial Web
Professor: Charlton McIlwain
Wednesdays 2:00-4:10 | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Media Institutions and Politics, Interaction and Social Processes

Students will examine the sources, content, & flow of racial & radicalized discourse on the web, as well as a broader variety of issues related to race & digital media. Central themes of racial formation & critical race theory, coupled with foundational concepts from graph theory & social network analysis will guide explorations into the multifaceted ways in which racial disadvantage , exclusion, segregation & disparate treatment get produced & reproduced in cyberspace.

MCC-GE 2385 Topics in Globalization: Cultural Dimensions
Professor: Arjun Appadurai
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 PM Note: this course meets only on the following dates: February 11 – March 1 (Feb 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27) April 1 – April 19 (April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17)| 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Global and Transcultural Communication

The best way to understand the role of media in today's environment is to understand the broader dynamics of cultural globalization since the 1970's. We will therefore focus on a series of topics, beginning with commodity chains and flows, and continuing to discussions of religion, migration and financialization in the last half century. In the last phase of the seminar, we will look at advertising, branding and corporate promotion in the era of big data and social media.

MCC-GE 2407 Visual Cultures of the Modern and Global City
Tuesdays 2:00-4:10 PM| 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies, Global and Transcultural Communication

This course examines visual culture through a focus on the city, from the dynamics of visuality in the nineteenth-century modern cityscape to the mega cities of globalization. We will look at the visual dynamics of urbanscapes, architecture, cinema, memory, and consumerism in the visual culture of the city.

MCC-GE 2501 Mediating the Real
Professor: Susan Murray
Wednesdays 11:00-1:10 PM | 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies

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”.

MCC-GE 2836 Culture and Media in Urban China
Professor: Lily Chumley
Mondays 2:00-4:10 PM| 4 credits
MA Area of Study: Global and Transcultural Communication, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies


MCC-GE 3134 Postcolonialism and Media
Professor: Arjun Appadurai
The seminar will meet on the following 12 dates from 5-7 pm: Feb 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 | 4 credits

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. 

MCC-GE 3135 Special Topics in Technology Studies: Ethnography of Tech & Media
Professor: Natasha Schull
Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 PM | 4 credits

Topic: Ethnography of Technology and Media. In this course students will read a set of exemplary ethnographies in the area of technology and media as a way to explore different strategies and techniques for ethnographic research, writing, and analysis. In addition to close reading and discussion, participants will plan, undertake, and report on mini-ethnographic projects. The course will be of special interest to students who intend to conduct ethnographic research for their dissertation projects (or are considering doing so). 

MCC-GE 3200 Doctoral Core Sem II
Professor: Lisa Gitelman
Tuesdays 2:00-4:50 PM | 4 credits

Advanced reading and discussion of the foundational literature, principles, and paradigms associated with the study of media, culture, and communication (Open to MCC PhD Students Only).