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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated November 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
MCST 110-01  Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 111 Bradley Stiffler
MCST 114-01  News Reporting and Writing
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Howard Sinker
MCST 128-01  Film Analysis/Visual Culture
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 226 Michael Griffin
MCST 128-02  Film Analysis/Visual Culture
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 402 Morgan Adamson
*First Year Course only* We live in a world populated by images. These images, still and moving, can tell us a good deal about who we are, what we desire, and what we value as a culture—they both reflect and transform the realities of everyday life. Learning to analyze the power of images requires understanding the ways that they are produced, disseminated, and consumed; it requires looking at the ways that images are constructed and reading the codes and conventions that give them meaning—meaning which is always subject to change and contestation. Over the course of the semester, we will develop skills for examining the images that surround us, applying the tools and insights of visual analysis to television, advertising, art, and new media. However, the main focus of the course will be on the cinema (arguably one of the most important ‘new media’ of the twentieth century). Exploring a wide range of styles, geographies, and theories of cinema, this course will give you the tools and vocabulary necessary to more systematically analyze films. We will look at the evolution of the moving image, studying the transformations the cinema has undergone over the past century, as well as the ways that we, as spectators, have been transformed along with it. Alongside these questions, we will address issues of ideology, race, gender, colonization, nationalism, class, and surveillance as they occur in and are produced by visual culture, working to understand these issues not simply at the level of content, but at the level of form. Though our central focus will be to develop your close reading and writing skills, students will also have the opportunity to make a short video project.

MCST 202-01  Global Media Industries
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 226 Michael Griffin
*Cross-listed with INTL 202-01*

MCST 234-01  New Media Theories/Practices
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm ARTCOM 102 Daniel Dean
MCST 334-01  Cultural Studies and the Media
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 113 Leola Johnson
MCST 394-01  Fundamentals of Video Production
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am ART 301 Morgan Adamson
*Prerequisite MCST 128 or MCST 248 or MCST 249*

MCST 488-01  Senior Seminar: Hip Hop and Representation
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
*Screening times TBD*

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated November 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
MCST 110-01  Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
MCST 110-02  Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 111 Bradley Stiffler
MCST 126-01  Local News Media Institutions
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 250 Michael Griffin
MCST 248-01  History of Film 1893-1941
MWF 02:20 pm-04:00 pm NEILL 401 Michael Griffin
MCST 294-01  Environmental Issues and the Media
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 401 Michael Griffin
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-03* How are public perceptions concerning environmental concepts, conditions, policies, actors and interests shaped by embedded cultural and media representations of nature and its use? Who sets the agenda for environmental issues and debates and how is that agenda presented for public consumption and discourse? What roles do films, television, advertising and journalism play in establishing or maintaining particular patterns of imagery, perspectives and discourses regarding the environment? What are the tendencies and limitations of science journalism regarding environmental issues such as pollution, safety regulations, conservation, or climate change? This course focuses attention on media representations related to human relationships with nature. Through weekly readings and analyses of media representations we will work to gain a better understanding of the particular influence of media images and discourse on our views of nature, climate and environmental debate, including: images of wilderness, land use and control; representations of industrialization and its impacts; news reporting on environmental degradation and climate change; the visions and metaphors of “green advertising,” media characterizations of environmental risk, portrayals of environmental activism, and the shifting parameters of environmental rhetoric in the U.S. and globally. Class members will pursue individual term projects that explore and analyze chosen issues of environmental representation and their implications. No prerequisites.

MCST 294-02  Eating for Change? Food, Media and Environment in US Consumer Culture
TR 08:00 am-09:30 am OLRI 241 Heidi Zimmerman
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-04* In recent years, consumer culture has seen an explosion of media urging individuals to do their bit for the environment by thinking carefully about their food choices. What are we to make of this? This course investigates the historical, economic, and cultural politics of food as a mediated environmental object. The course is organized according to two structuring logics: context and case studies. We will contextualize the intersection of food and the environment within broader questions of race, gender, and class, of labor, the political economy of media and agribusiness, and of the history of capitalism and consumer culture in the United States. We will work through these themes by investigating a series of media case studies dealing with issues related to food and the environment, ranging from books and magazines to television and films, and from video games and blogs to brands and advertising. In this course, students will bring social and cultural theory to bear on these texts and develop critical skills in multimodal writing and analysis.

MCST 294-03  "Queer Cinema"
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 009 STAFF
*Cross-listed with WGSS 294-01* What is the relation between queer theory and cinema? What are queer filmmaking and viewing practices? What does it mean to “queer” cinema? This course investigates the queer potential and possibilities within cinema through an examination of specific social and political movements, theoretical and aesthetic traditions, filmmaking technologies, and reading practices. We will ask how cinema mediates relationships among queer identities, politics, and aesthetics. Queer cinema is deeply tied to the life experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and other queer-identified people, yet as a genre, “queer cinema” goes beyond merely representing GLBT lives and identities. This course focuses on cinema itself as a queer critical praxis that envisions new ways of being in the world. Rather than viewing gender and sexuality as preexisting identity categories, we will discuss how queer subjects are (in)formed and negotiated through film production and viewing practices. By focusing on particular historical and cultural moments, geographical spaces, and political contexts in which queer cinema has emerged, this course will explore how queer filmmaking and viewing practices do not simply reflect social and political realities but actively shape them. Throughout the course, we will consider how films themselves contribute to and intervene in queer and feminist scholarship. This course presumes no prior experience in either queer studies or film studies. We will draw on interdisciplinary perspectives across a number of fields to explore topics such as queer spectatorship, film noir, racial representation and in/visibility, intersectionality, diaspora, citizenship, neoliberalism, AIDS activism, disability, camp, futurity, and queer dystopias and utopias. By focusing on how films themselves contribute to and intervene in queer and feminist scholarship, we will consider queer cinema as both an engagement with the reality of the world and a method for imagining new, transformative possibilities.

MCST 354-01  Blackness in the Media
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
*Cross-listed with AMST 354-01; screening times TBD*

MCST 357-01  Adv Journalism: New Media
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 216 Mary Turck
MCST 394-01  Cultures of Neoliberalism
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 217 Morgan Adamson
*Cross-listed with INTL 394-01* Neoliberal theory posits the relative autonomy of the economic sphere from both culture and politics. Rejecting this assumption, the course will give students the ability to understand the interconnection of economic, political and cultural practices as well as the ways that economic theories are shaped by cultural understanding about what constitutes a person, a life, a society, etc. We will complicate commonplace ideas about neoliberalism by reading foundational texts from the neoliberal school of economic thought (Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman) alongside more contemporary reflections on the culture and politics of neoliberalism from the fields of Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Critical Race Studies. In addition to key texts, we will examine neoliberal cultures through film, literature, and popular culture. This course will emphasize interdisciplinarity and original research.

MCST 394-02  Fundamentals Video Production
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm ART 301 Morgan Adamson
This course is designed as a basic introduction to digital video production. The objective of the class is to familiarize students of film theory and history with the language of cinema from the standpoint of production in order to deepen your appreciation and knowledge of the technical aspects of production. In this way, the course will be a combination of technical instruction, critical engagement, and creative exploration. We will analyze and employ a variety of filmmaking techniques (experimental, documentary, and narrative), while emphasizing the ways that formal strategies enhance and further narrative and conceptual themes. Fundamentals of Video Production is appropriate for any student with an interest in employing digital video as a strategy for research and communication. Prerequisite MCST 128 or MCST 248 or MCST 249.

MCST 394-03  Adv Topics: New Media
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 401 Daniel Dean
This course will delve into the developments in new media concepts, theories, and practices of recent decades and how they can be better understood by closely analyzing the cultural and technological developments that have played a role in shaping society. We will focus on the field of art alongside other cultural contexts, in particular, the pervasiveness of the Internet and networks. These areas will be used as a lens through which to explore the recent convergence of various types of media, the impacts this has on various modes of cultural production, and its implications for life today. Topics include: post-digital aesthetics, post-media discourses, surveillance and digital resistance, remix, and network theory, interfaces, virtuality and identity. Along with weekly readings, discussions, and analysis, we will directly engage with media sources in the development and production of creative media projects. These projects may take the form of browser-based multimedia projects, sound, and video. The creative process will be a means to explore and actualize the course’s core concepts and theories. Coursework will also consist of research, writing, and presentation and feedback of creative projects.

MCST 488-01  Advanced Documentary Studies: Theory and Practice
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ART 301 Morgan Adamson
*Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Video Production (MCST 394) or Community Video: Theory and Practice (MCST 294)*

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