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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated March 31, 2015 at 05:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
MCST 110-01  Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
MCST 114-01  News Reporting and Writing
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 214 Howard Sinker
MCST 126-01  Local News Media Institutions
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 250 Michael Griffin
*Suitable for first year students* n this course students analyze the social, cultural, economic, political, and regulatory factors shaping the nature of U.S. communications media, and then investigate how this affects local media organizations and their role in recognizing, serving and facilitating (or not) local populations, communities, interaction, identity, and civic engagement. Considering the history and practices of American journalism, and current shifts in media technology and economics, the class examines the degree to which media function to provide effective access to news and information, foster diversity of content, encourage civic engagement, and serve the interest of citizens and diverse communities in a democratic society. Individual student projects for the course begin by identifying particular geographic, ethnic, or cultural neighborhoods and communities in the Mpls.-St. Paul metropolitan area, and proceed to explore the degree to which these communities are recognized, defined or served by existing media institutions and journalism practice. Students explore various attempts to revitalize local communication, news delivery and civic discourse through experiments in community media, citizen journalism, community-based news aggregation, media arts, community service and other media innovations and reforms across neighborhood, ethnic, immigrant, gender, sexuality, and other public issues and community participation. No prerequisites.

MCST 128-01  Film Analysis/Visual Culture
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 401 Morgan Adamson
*First day attendance required*

MCST 194-01  Screens
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 402 John Kim
*First Year Course only* We spend our lives staring at the screens of computers, phones, movies and televisions. And the amount of time we spend before them is anything but insignificant. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week)! Because they spend so much of that time "media multitasking" (using more than one medium at a time), they actually manage to pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes worth of media content into those 7½ hours.

The screen is one of the most important technological innovations of recent memory, for it has such a wide range of influences on our experience of the everyday. From social networking to television news, email and SMS to Hollywood movies, our knowledge of the world is largely mediated by screens. Screens substitute real world experience for a world created in a display of colored lights and accompanying sounds. Given this dependence, what influence do they have on our perception of the world, of others, of ourselves, of news, of reality? Do screens, in fact, contribute to what Anne Friedberg has called a "dematerializing of reality"? Should we be worried about their pervasiveness?

In this First Year Course, we will ask these and related questions. We will begin to develop our own answers to them by reading and writing about, analyzing and critiquing various aspects of the media. This course is designed for students who have a strong interest in critical and philosophical type analysis of society and will introduce you to the field of Media Studies in order to help you come to an understanding of the importance of screens in mediating our experience of and interactions with the world.

MCST 202-01  Global Media Industries
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Zeynep Gursel
*Cross-listed with INTL 202-01*

MCST 294-01  Photography: Histories and Practices of an International Medium
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 404 Zeynep Gursel
*Cross-listed with INTL 294-01; first day attendance required*

MCST 294-02  Art and Technology
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm ARTCOM 102 Lauren DeLand
*Cross-listed with ART 294-02*

MCST 334-01  Cultural Studies and the Media
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
*Cross-listed with AMST 334-01*

MCST 337-01  Dead White Men
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 214 Kiarina Kordela
*Cross-listed with GERM 337-01, ENGL 394-03, and PHIL 294-03* Today we often hear people dismiss the Western (mostly European) philosophical tradition as a bunch of “dead white men.” In other words, the argument goes, these thinkers harbored such passe notions as universal truths, a universal subject, and an individual in total control of itself and endowed with a pure reason unadulterated by rhetoric, imagination, fiction, and politics. Why should we bother with “dead white men” now that we understand that truth depends on historical context, that the self is decentered by the unconscious, that identity is constituted by gender, race, class, and other cultural factors, that truth is linked to power, and that ideology is omnipresent? Unfortunately, this all-too-familiar attitude overlooks its own faulty presupposition: it presumes a clear-cut break between philosophical tradition and contemporary thought, as if contemporary thought had no tradition out of which it emerged and could, therefore, merely discard what preceded it. Hence the popularity of phrases like “philosophy is dead.” It is all the more ironic to see this attitude prevail in the West at the very moment that multiculturalism has become our cause celebre : all cultural traditions are supposed to be “respected,” except the West’s own tradition. (Perhaps as a new way for the West to reinstate surreptitiously its superiority as the sole culture with no tradition?) This course pursues a close reading of texts by various “dead white men” as the unconscious (i.e., repressed and, for that matter, all the more powerful) undercurrent of contemporary thought. Assigned texts will include: Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, as well as texts by twentieth-century thinkers that stress the dependence of contemporary thought on philosophy. No pre-knowledge required; all readings in English. With different reading lists this course may be taken more than once for credit . Alternate years. (4 credits)

MCST 394-01  Cultures of Neoliberalism
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 404 Adamson, Gursel
*Cross-listed with INTL 394-01; first day attendance required*

MCST 488-01  Adv Topics in New Media
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 217 John Kim

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated March 31, 2015 at 05:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
MCST 110-02  Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 216 John Kim
MCST 110-03  Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 202 John Kim
MCST 114-01  News Reporting and Writing
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 402 Mary Turck
MCST 128-01  Film Analysis/Visual Culture
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 401 Morgan Adamson
MCST 234-01  New Media Theories/Practices: From the Counterculture to Digital Culture
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 217 John Kim
From the Counterculture to Digital Culture: An intensive practicum with the Walker Art Center for their Fall 2015 show, Hippie Modernism. So many of the technologies, ideas and practices associated with today’s digital culture find their origin in the 1960 - 1970’s counterculture. A time of tremendous upheaval, this period witnessed a variety of radical experiments that challenged societal and professional expectations, overturned traditional hierarchies, explored new media, materials, and technologies, and formed alternative communities and new ways of living and working together. This tumult has fed directly into the development of contemporary ideas and technologies, including the internet, food co-ops, the environmental movement, consumer drug use, the post-1960’s counter-revolution, de-urbanization and re-urbanization, and the unresolved legacy of racism. This course will be an intensive practicum with the Walker Art Center, which is organizing a show for Fall 2015 entitled, Hippie Modernism, an examination of the art, architecture, and design of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. During the first half of the course, we will be working with Walker staff to forge our own original research and documentation on the linkages between the counterculture and today’s digital culture. These materials will contribute to the Walker’s programming for the show.

MCST 249-01  History of Film Since 1941
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 226 Michael Griffin
MCST 294-01  Community Video: Theory and Practice
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ART 301 Morgan Adamson
This course examines the history, theory, and practice of community-oriented media production, particularly video production. We will explore the ways that video has been employed as tool for social change, the politics of public access, and the ethical dimensions of using video to promote social causes. Students will have the opportunity to work on a video project in collaboration with community partners and will learn basic digital video production techniques. Prerequisite: MCST 128 (Film Analysis/Visual Culture) or MCST 247 (Documentary Film and Video).

MCST 354-01  Blackness in the Media
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
*Cross-listed with AMST 354-01; first day attendance required*

MCST 364-01  Afrofuturism in Media and Popular Culture
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 214 Leola Johnson
MCST 488-01  Advanced Topics: Gender, Labor, and the Media
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MARKIM 201 Morgan Adamson

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