Undergraduate Courses

MCC-UE 1200 - Senior Media Seminar

Open only to seniors in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication or by permission of the instructor. A culminating course integrating models of interpretation derived from the liberal arts with the analytical tools developed in media, culture, and communication coursework. Reflects current research interests within the department and encourages students to explore emerging issues in the field, including media and globalization, professional ethics, and the interaction between audiences and texts.

Summer 2019 (May 28 - July 7, 2019)

MCC-UE 1200-001 / Topic: The Films of Stanley Kubrick
Professor: Mark Miller, Mon/Thurs, 2:00-5:00 pm

Fall 2019

MCC-UE 1200-001 / TOPIC:  Surveillance, Sousveillance and the Politics of Memory
Professor: Allen Feldman, Mondays 4:55-7:25 pm

Surveillance, looking from above, is the right to inspect held by institutions-- the law, police and related powers. Sousveillance, looking from below, generates visual resistance and politicizing visual testimony, counter-memory through mobile media, street art and graffiti that inspect human rights violations. The two forms now watch each other. They combine in on-line reality video and TV, as a culture of inspectacularity (fusing spectacle and inspection). They both pose the act of looking itself as a visible act that alters what is seen. Resisting the right to see and to be seen is the right to opacity-- the right not to be seen-- protecting privacy and secrecy. To visualize these acts of seeing and unseeing we will discuss readings and screen films and art that mobilize and inspect surveillance, sousveillance and opacity past and present.

MCC-UE 1200-002 / TOPIC: Fake News! Between Misinformation and Media Criticism
Professor: AJ Bauer, Mondays 2:00-4:30 pm

The 2016 U.S. presidential election saw unprecedented levels of misinformation — from Macedonian teenagers, to Russian state-sponsored troll farms, to the Trump campaign’s own affinity for “truthful hyperbole.” This proliferation of “fake news,” combined with the president’s appropriation of that term to critique professional news outlets, has shaken public confidence in the existence of a universally shared objective reality, and in journalists’ ability to report facts. Foregrounding “fake news” as the intersection of distinct traditions of misinformation and media criticism, this course explores the dilemmas faced by journalists working in the post-truth media environment. It is designed to survey the new misinformation studies literature, to contextualize that literature within the long history of propaganda studies, and to unpack the political economic, regulatory, and cultural conditions that enable “fake news."

MCC-UE 1200-003 / TOPIC:  We Have Failed as a Continent
Professor: James Wahutu, Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This course focuses on how African media fields represent genocide and mass atrocity in Africa. Over the course of the last century, several instances of mass violence have unfolded in numerous parts of the world, the most notable being the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, on-going atrocities in Darfur Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, what do we actually know about how African media represent Africa and Africans? How do African journalists create and reinforce knowledge about mass atrocities? Is there a difference between the knowledge produced by Africa's press and contemporaries from the global north? These are some of the questions that will guide us over the course of the semester. Hopefully, by the end of this course, you will be able to employ a critical eye on news reporting of conflicts far away from you and appreciate the complex forces at work in shaping not only the news but also the decisions that influence the frames employed in reporting the news.

MCC-UE 1200-004 / TOPIC:  Critical Thinking About Media in the 21st Century
Professor: Terence Moran, Thursdays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

A series of explorations into thinking critically about how we use media in our individual and collective lives and how these media shape our culture and communication. If Socrates was right that “The life which is unexamined is not worth living,” students of media, culture, and communication should be committed to examining ourselves within the contexts of the environments shaped by the ecology of our media. Our central question is: How do we use the six evolutions-revolutions in human communication in our current cybernetic world? As this course is your senior media seminar, you will be expected to use what you have learned in your studies thus far in shaping your thinking and writing, and contributions to our class analyses and discussions.

MCC-UE 1200-005 / TOPIC:  Media Access Research Studio
Professor: Kevin Gotkin, Wednesdays 2:00-4:30 pm

How does disability generate novel media forms? Captions, audio description, and other protocols for making content accessible to a range of bodies and minds are usually imagined as post-production overlays. What if we started with accessibility as an organizing principle for creative production? First we’ll tour contemporary disability and media theory to understand how aesthetic categories draw legibility around the imagination of normative corporeal and cognitive subjects. Then we’ll work with collaborators around the city and country – museum educators, independent TV producers, dancers, DJs, and more – to produce work that centers disability and leaves evidence for a more accessible media future. Designed as a research studio, the course will include discussion-based seminars, site visits, production intensives, and critiques.

MCC-UE 1200-006 / TOPIC:  Media, Populism, and Neoliberalism
Professor: Arun Kundnani, Wednesdays 12:30-3:00 pm

The election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote for Brexit have brought the concept of populism to the center of political debates on both sides of the Atlantic. Populism could refer to political mobilizations against the wealthiest one per cent or the political expression of dangerous irrationalities. Populism could mean a threat to liberal-democratic institutions or their re-energizing through ordinary people taking a stand against elitism. Populism could spell the end of neoliberalism or its most profound iteration. Whatever populism means, it means a mediated process. In this seminar, we will explore right-wing and left-wing populisms in the US, Europe, and India, and use the concept of populism to think about the role of media technologies in contemporary social movements; questions of race, gender, and class; the political economy of political information; and why the world feels like it’s falling apart.

MCC-UE 1200-007 / TOPIC:  Global Media Scholar Senior Seminar: Sydney
Professor: Mara Mills, Wednesdays 9:30am - 12:00 pm

This seminar is for students in the Global Media Scholars program only. Students participating in this seminar will be enrolled by the department.