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Media Studies
MDST 1559New Course in Media Studies (3)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
Course was offered Summer 2011
MDST 2000Introduction to Media Studies (3 - 4)
Spring 2020
Introduces students to the topics, themes, and areas of study that are central to an understanding of media in contemporary society. Focuses on the forms, institutions, functions, and impact of media on local, national, and global communities. Prerequisite: 1st or 2nd year ASU undergrad or MDST major
MDST 2010Introduction to Digital Media (3 - 4)
The history, theory, practice and understanding of digital media.  Provides a foundation for interrogating the relation of digital media to contemporary culture and understanding the function, design, and use of computers. 
MDST 2100Media, Culture and Society (3)
Explores the relationships among various forms of mass communication, social institutions and other dimensions of social life from a sociological perspective.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2009
MDST 2200Introduction to Film (3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the variety of cinematic forms and genres as well as the history and theories behind them. Class work will include lecture and discussion groups. There will be two papers of approximately 4-5 pages and an online final exam. Papers will count for approximately 75% of the final grade, the final exam approximately 25%.
MDST 2305Podcasting, Radio and Sound Production (3)
Spring 2020
Students will learn the practical components of radio production including: story development, script writing, interview techniques, audio recording, editing of sound, mixing, and final production for broadcast. In addition, students will critically analyze the components of radio/podcast features. The course includes a lecture component and lab time where the instructor will consult with students about their projects. Prerequisite: Media Studies Major
MDST 2440Language and Cinema (3)
Looks historically at speech and language in Hollywood movies, including the technological challenges and artistic theories and controversies attending the transition from silent to sound films. Focuses on the ways that gender, racial, ethnic, and national identities are constructed through the representation of speech, dialect, and accent. Introduces semiotics but requires no knowledge of linguistics, or film studies.
MDST 2502Special Topics in Film Genre (3)
This course will offer historical and critical perspectives on a selected film genre each semester. Genres might include Noir, war, romance, musicals, gangster, New Wave, etc.
MDST 2508Topics in Media Practice (1 - 4)
Spring 2020
This course will provide practice-based learning opportunities for students in various forms of media, including video, podcasting, film, etc.
MDST 2559New Course in Media Studies (3)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 2660The Internet Is Another Country: Community, Power, and Social Media (3)
Explores the concepts of community, nationalism, the public sphere, and social action in the context of the Internet and social media. Begins with a cultural history of the Internet and virtual community and then explores several ethnographic case studies of communities and social movements from around the world. Concludes with a consideration of the Internet as a political economic system. Students blog and conduct collaborative research.
Course was offered Spring 2015
MDST 2700News Writing (3)
Spring 2020
Introductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
MDST 2710Screenwriting (3)
An introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting through the writing and discussion of short scripts. Will involve study of screenplays and films, and focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including story structure, creation of character, and formatting. Prerequisite: Media studies major or instructor permission.
Course was offered Summer 2019
MDST 2810Cinema As An Art Form (3)
A course in visual thinking; introduces film criticism, concentrating on classic and current American and non-American films.
MDST 3000Theory and Criticism of Media (3)
This course introduces students at the beginning of the major to theoretical and critical literature in the field. Topics range from the psychological and sociological experience of media, interpretation and analysis of media forms and aesthetics, theories of audience and reception, anthropological approaches to media as a cultural force, and contemporary theories of media from humanities and social sciences perspectives. The goal of the course is to provide a foundation for thinking critically about media and to give them a sense of media studies as a critical and theoretical field. Restricted to Media Studies majors.
MDST 3050History of Media (3)
Spring 2020
This is a survey, lecture-format, course on the history of media forms, institutions, and technology from the origins of writing, invention of print technology, through the development of digital media. Attention to the specific characteristics of individual media, the changing role of media as a force in culture, and the continually transforming institutions and business of media will all be touched on. The role of media forms in the creation of public discourse and the social controls on media through censorship, legal constraints, and economic policies will also be examined, largely from within the context of the United States. Students will create a case study of a media work or artifact from a historical perspective.
MDST 3102Copyright, Culture and Commerce (3)
In this course, we will discuss one of the most powerful social, cultural, economic and political institutions of our day: intellectual property (IP). How did we arrive at the notion that creative works and ideas can be owned, bought and sold like tangible commodities? What impact does this concept have on the way we view the world? How does it help us achieve our social goals, and how does it present obstacles to reaching those goals?
Course was offered Spring 2016
MDST 3103Long-form Journalism (3)
An exploration of the art and process of narrative non-fiction. An examination of the genres and forms of distribution like magazines, Web sites, and podcasts.
MDST 3104Making (and Faking) the News (3)
The course uses theories of social construction to examine the relationship between news and reality. With this as our framework, we apply various critical perspectives to examine the way news "reality" is constructed, from the discursive and semiotic frameworks used to present current events as "stories," to how journalists make decisions about what is news, to the factors that structure news form and content.
MDST 3105Latina/o Media Studies (3)
Spring 2020
This course is designed to introduce students to critical analyses of media texts, media industries, and media audiences that help explain the social, political, economic, and cultural locations of Latinas/os in America.
MDST 3106History of American Radio and Television (3)
This course examines U.S. broadcasting in historical perspective, not only as an industry, but as a vital component of American culture and everyday life. We will examine the technological, social, political, industrial and cultural forces influencing the development of broadcast media and we will link these forces to the programs created and the audiences served. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 and restricted to Media Studies Majors and Minors
MDST 3107Evolution of Media in Italy: From Unification to the Present (3)
The course will explore the specific features of Italian mass media from the Unification to the present, considering how the press, cinema, radio, television and the Internet have affected and shaped Italian society. It will trace the evolution of Italian media in relation to key events such as the Risorgimento, Fascism, both World Wars, reconstruction and industrialization, and the political rise of media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi.
MDST 3110Hollywood Goes to Asia (3)
Film production between Asian and Euro-American companies is rapidly on the rise. The fundamental objective of the course is to cultivate a rigorous theoretical understanding of the media industries within a global Asian network. We will ask: What are the cultural, political and economic implications of transnational co-productions both for global and domestic film markets?
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
MDST 3115Breaking Bad: Once Upon a Time with the Pests (3)
Spring 2020
The course explores Breaking Bad through study of the show's narrative, characters, and formal design. Topics examined include: socio-economic anxieties and spiritual longings in contemporary America; the political and religious implications of addiction to speed (technological and pharmacutical); the show as revisionary Puritan narrative and revisionary Western; the problem of being bugged; the desire to get away with it; the poetry of W.W.
MDST 3120Global Media & Cybersecurity (3)
This course will use cases from around the world to examine the relationship between media and cybersecurity. The course will analyze criminal hacks of media production companies, how cybercrimes are represented in popular media, and how media use exposes users to risk of cybercrimes.
Course was offered Spring 2017
MDST 3140Mass Media and American Politics (3)
Examines the role of mass media in the political process including such topics as print and broadcast news, media and election campaigns, political advertising, and media effects on public opinion and political participation.
MDST 3201New German Cinema (3)
Examines German art cinema from the 1960s-1980s, focusing on modernist aesthetics and filmic responses to major historical events in post-war Germany. Films by Fassbinder, Herzog, Wenders, Kluge, Sander, von Trotta, and others.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Spring 2012
MDST 3205New Latin American Cinema (3)
This course provides a historical and critical perspective on Latin American Cinema (LAC), with an emphasis on LAC's relationship to Third Cinema, revolutionary cinema, and contemporary progressive filmic cinematic forms and traditions.
Course was offered Spring 2018, Spring 2014
MDST 3206Documentary Film (3)
The course examines the different ways documentary filmmakers have attempted to represent reality. The course surveys the development of different 'modes' of documentary and the different ways these modes claim representational authority. Throughout, we will be conscious of the particular truth claims of documentary and the ethical issues involved in filming real people.
MDST 3230Basic Multimedia Reporting (4)
Spring 2020
Basic Multimedia Reporting teaches the hands on skills required for professional level news reporting, news production and short documentaries. Students may choose to specialize in Written Journalism, TV Journalism or Production. However, all students learn proficiency in research, news writing, ethics, camera use, video editing, and where requested, broadcast presentation skills.
Course was offered Fall 2018, Fall 2017
MDST 3300Global Media (3)
Spring 2020
Examines the dynamic global transformations in print, broadcast, and digital media in an international and comparative context. Considers historical, institutional, and textual factors that impact media in local and global contexts. Examines the critical role of media in the long history of globalization and focuses on a number of cultural, technological, and economic issues addressed by media and globalization at the turn of the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 or instructor permission.
MDST 3306Sexuality, Gender, Class and Race in the Teen Film (3)
The focus of this class will be on viewings and analyses of films featuring images of teens produced between 1930 and the present, focusing on the following questions: what is adolescence (and how has it been defined in American film)? What is the range of experience that characterizes American adolescence across gender, race, and class lines? How does it make sense to think about the social influence of films on individuals and society?
MDST 3310Sound and Cinema (3)
This is a cinema history class that will proceed roughly chronologically from the dawn of the sound era to the early 1970s. This course will look at and listen to the ways that sound technologies shaped global filmmaking in this period, while also introducing students to various theoretical and critical perspectives on the relationship between the visual and the aural.
MDST 3320The Politics of Video Games (3)
Video gaming is the fastest growing form of media: Americans spend twice as much on gaming as on recorded music and it is estimated that young men average over 670 hours a year playing video games. Yet we know relatively little about the broader social and political impact of this new medium. This class will sample the existing literature and explore ways of understanding the political implications (broadly defined) of gaming.
Course was offered January 2019
MDST 3355Border Media (3)
In this course we consider the depiction of the U.S.-Mexico border from the perspective of popular and mass media cultures. We examine the border as a site of cultural exchanges, resistance and critical negotiation; interchanges that impact the construction of race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender from both sides of the border.
Course was offered Fall 2017
MDST 3375History of Music and Broadcasting in the US (3)
The history of popular music in the U.S. is intimately intertwined with broadcasting. The relationship between "radio and records" has been one of mutual dependence and abiding antagonism. Students will learn how this relationship developed historically, and will consider its continuing evolution. Our narrative will include the effects of legal decisions and technological innovations on music-making; on broadcasting; and on music consumption.
Course was offered Spring 2018, Fall 2017
MDST 3402War and the Media (3)
This course examines media coverage of American wars from World War I to the present. Study of the evolution in media coverage of war provides an ideal vantage point for understanding the changing nature of warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries, war's impact on American society, and the ways in which political elites have attempted to mobilize public support for foreign conflicts. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 or instructor permission.
MDST 3404Democratic Politics in the New Media Environment (3)
This course examines the ways a changing media system is altering the dynamics of public discourse and democratic politics in the United States. Throughout the course we will critically analyze the ways in which scholars from a wide range of disciplines have studied the connection between media and politics, the methods they have employed, and the validity of their findings and approaches in the new media environment in which we now live. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
MDST 3405Media Policy and Law (3)
This course examines the constitutional, legal and regulatory foundations common to print, broadcast media and the Internet. An overview of topics such as libel, invasion of privacy, obscenity and copyright helps students understand forces that shape news and information they receive and prepares them to use media more effectively as citizens, voters and entrepreneurs in an increasingly complex multimedia world.
MDST 3406The Wire: Understanding Urban America Through Television at Its Best (3)
This class explores HBO's The Wire as an examination of race, class, and economic change in urban America. We examine the series as a creative work which balances a commitment to realism with the demands of television drama. Students will view episodes of The Wire and read material on urban America, the changing contours of television, and the series itself. Requisites: Permission of Instructor
MDST 3407Racial Borders & American Cinema (3)
The history of American cinema is inextricably and controversially tied to the racial politics of the U.S. This course will explore how images of racial and ethnic minorities such as African Americans, Jews, Asians, Native Americans and Latino/as are reflected on screen and the ways that minorities in the entertainment industry have responded to often limiting representations. Prerequisite: MDST Major
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
MDST 3409LGBTQ Issues in the Media (3)
This course will explore the complex cultural dynamics of LGBTQ media visibility, along with its social, political, and psychological implications for LGBTQ audiences. It explores four domains: (1) the question of LGBT media visibility (2) the complex processes of inclusion, normalization, and assimilation in popular culture (3) media industries and the LGBT market (4) the relationship between digital media, LGBT audiences, and everyday life.
MDST 3410Media Ethics (3)
This course provides students a familiarity with the terrain of moral philosophy, improves students' awareness of the complex ethical issues and dilemmas in journalism and other areas of mass media, and engages students in the process of critical thinking, moral reasoning and problem solving in media communications. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 or instructor permission.
MDST 3420Media and Power in Iran (3)
Successive Iranian leaders have struggled to navigate the fraught political-cultural space of media in the Islamic Republic, skirting the line between embracing Western communications technologies & rejecting them, between condemning social networking sites & promoting themselves on Facebook. What is the role of media in political power construction in Iran? This class will consider this question through a number of inflection points in history.
MDST 3500Topics in the History of Media (3)
Spring 2020
Topics have historical breadth and cover the historical development of media institutions, technology, or forms in areas of television, journalism, graphic media, film, print and publication history, digital media or other relevant areas. These courses may be repeated for credit if course content is sufficiently distinct to merit. Decision about repeated credit is at the discretion of the Director of Media Studies. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 or instructor permission.
MDST 3501Special Topics in Directors and Auteurs (3)
This course will offer historical, comparative, and critical perspectives on a selected major directors and auteurs each semester. Directors might include Hitchcock, Welles, Heckerling, Ray, Speilberg, Renoir, Truffaut, etc.
MDST 3502Special Topics in Film Genre (3)
This course will offer historical and critical perspectives on a selected film genre each semester. Genres might include Noir, war, romance, musicals, gangster, New Wave, etc.
MDST 3503Special Topics - Issues and Controversies in Media (3)
This course will consider recent and current controversies in media and media studies. It surveys a series of "hot" topics within media. In each case it examines issues both historically and theoretically. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the tools and habits of thought to delve into the background and issues surrounding controveries so that the shallow presentation of the controversy does not remain the dominant frame.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
MDST 3504Special Topics in Non-U.S. Media (3)
This course will offer historical, comparative, critical, and/or media industry perspectives on transnational, global, international, or region specific media. Topics may include non-US national media systems, studies of non-US media textual traditions, international media flows, changes to society due to media globalization, the role of new media technologies in international affairs, and the role of transnationalism in national and international
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
MDST 3505Special Topics in Diversity and Identity in Media (3)
This course will offer historical, comparative, and critical perspectives on issues of diversity and identity in media studies. Topics may include the relationship between media and underrepresented groups, media use in identity construction, masculinity and feminine role models in media, media power, etc. Prerequisite: MDST Major and Minors or Instructor Permission
MDST 3559New Course in Media Studies (1 - 4)
Spring 2020
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 3584Global Cinema (3)
Spring 2020
This course entails study of films originating from and/or identified with non-US nations and cultures. Topics include: introduction to a nation's cinematic achievements (e.g., Korean cinema); in-depth study of one or more influential cinematic movements (e.g., French New Wave; Italian Neo-Realism); exploration of a particular historical period (e.g., German silent cinema). The course fulfills the non-US requirement for the Media Studies major.
MDST 3600Women and Television (3)
Examines how television addresses women, how it represents women, and how women respond to the medium. Explores the relationship between the female audience and television by focusing on both contemporary and historical issues. Areas of particular concern include: how women have responded to television as technology; how specific genres have targeted women; how female-focused specialty channels have addressed women; and how specific programming and genres have mediated the changing status of women from the 1950s to the present. Prerequisite: MDST 2000 or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017
MDST 3602Television, New Media, and Society (3)
For the last 60 years, TV has been one of the most important cultural forms in the American mediascape. Mindful of this past, this course will explore contemporary issues in television studies as we enter the digital age. How does time-shifting technology fundamentally alter our conceptions of TV? What does Hulu mean for the television industry? What does the emergence of 'quality TV' imply imply aboutTV's rich past as ashared cultural product?
Course was offered Summer 2015
MDST 3630Screening Terrorism (3)
This course examines contemporary cinematic & televisual representations of terrorism. It aims to do the following: to promote critical awareness of the ways in which terrorism is depicted on screen, particularly in the post-9/11 world; to encourage exploration of the complex ways in which real acts of terror involve performance & theatrics; to address the ethics and responsibilities of film and TV in re-creating acts of terror on screen.
MDST 3640American Gangster Film (3)
This course offers in-depth examination of American gangster films, tracing the genre's development from early silent film to the present. It investigates the extensive influence the genre has had on the nature of the American film industry and explores how the representation of gangster life on screen articulates crucial anxieties, frustrations, and desires circulating in American society at the time of the film's creation.
MDST 3650Shooting the Western (3)
This course provides an overview of the enduring genre of the American Western in its classic and revised forms. The course will address the social and historical contexts informing the films. Students will be asked to perform both cultural and formal analysis of the cinematic texts.
MDST 3661Media Bodies (3)
Increasingly, we use media to better understand our bodies - MRIs, fitness trackers, bluetooth hearing aids, and other media help to construct bodily health, ability, and gender. We will study a range of tech that mediate bodies, and also consider how media representations of "normal" bodies effect social life and mental health.
Course was offered Fall 2019
MDST 3662Disability and Media (3)
Spring 2020
Disability is a pervasive, yet little studied, dimension of popular media. This class considers the stereotypes, interventions, and politics of on-screen images of disability as well as the ways in which disability affects the production and reception of media texts and technologies. Thus, we will watch a range of disability media, engage with disability cultures, and consider necessary additions to media experience (such as close captioning).
MDST 3665Digital Media Accessibility (3)
Accessibility--building digital technologies that they can be used by people with disabilities--involves specific technological, critical, and interpersonal skills. This teaches practical web development skills alongside theoretical questions about the meanings of access, disability, design and the ethics of technological innovation.
Course was offered January 2019
MDST 3670Sports, Media and Society (3)
This course will explore the role that sports have played in the development of media and society, primarily but not exclusively in the United States. It will consider such issues as amateurism, labor, performance-enhancing drugs, race, gender, sexuality, body image, and the role of sports within American universities. Prerequisite: MDST 2000.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
MDST 3680The News Media (3)
Spring 2020
This course will examine how the US news media is organized, what gets news coverage and why, and the role the news media plays in our democracy. Issues will include the impact of the digital news revolution, the importance of who owns the media, the differences between the many types of TV news and why the students' personal consumption of news matters. Students will gain an ability to analyze the news, and whether it helps them as citizen.
MDST 3690Sports Journalism (3)
This course will cover all manner of media as it relates to sports journalism. Students will analyze published work across various mediums, learn the tools for reporting and writing different types of coverage, including features, profiles, long-form, game stories and more. Students will write articles, interview subjects, analyze sports journalism, participate in peer reviews and hear from some of the most prominent figures in sports journalism.
MDST 3700Newswriting II (3)
This advanced newswriting course trains students to practice 'point-of-view' journalism, and to understand it as a controversial but credible alternative to the dominant model of 'objectivity' on the part of the news media. Prerequisite: Basic newswriting course and/or experience working on college newspaper (or equivalent) or literary maga- or e-zine.
Course was offered Summer 2012
MDST 3701New Media Culture (3)
A survey of issues in the study of new media and of new media artifacts. Objects studied may include films with digital special effects, digital animation, digital video, video games, digital art, internet art, and others. Theories of new media, media art, media change. Taught primarily via discussion with some lectures. Short papers, class participation, final project. Prerequisite: one course in Media Studies, English, Art History, or a related discipline.
MDST 3703Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts (3)
Students will gain a practical and critical introduction to key technologies that are shaping research, innovation, and critical thinking across the liberal arts curriculum: specific technologies, including a programming language, that will empower them to better envision and develop technology-mediated projects in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students will reflect on the history and discourse in these areas.
MDST 3704Games and Play (3)
This course is an introduction to game studies, surveying theories of play and research on contemporary videogames to "folk games" to sports/e-sports. Historic tensions and debates in game studies will form the foundation for the course, then students will engage with game studies as inherently interdisciplinary, developing novel research projects on games and play as well as interrogating their own play experiences.
MDST 3705Code, Language, and Media (3)
Introduction to the theory and practice of the database as media form in the context of the digital liberal arts. Students review critical literature about databases, study examples of their use in projects from a variety of disciplines, and engage in the actual design of a database application as a course project. Topics include cross-cultural modes of classification, data models, big data, visualization, and building web-based databases.
Course was offered Spring 2013
MDST 3706Media in China: Technology, Policy and Commerce (3)
The growth of media industries in China sits at the intersection between commerce, technology and policy. The objective of the course is to cultivate a rigorous understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of these three areas within the context of China's global expansion. Students will also be expected to develop fresh critical perspectives on the significance of analysis of industry practice as a means to critique media texts.
MDST 3740Cultures of Hip-Hop (3)
Spring 2020
This course explores the origins and impacts of American hip-hop as a cultural form in the last forty years, and maps the ways that a local subculture born of an urban underclass has risen to become arguably the dominant form of 21st-century global popular culture. While primarily focused on music, we will also explore how forms such as dance, visual art, film, and literature have influenced and been influenced by hip-hop style and culture.
Course was offered Spring 2019
MDST 3750Money, Media, and Technology (3)
Spring 2020
Money is one of the oldest media technologies in the world, but in recent years a variety of experiments from Venmo to Bitcoin have emerged, promising to reinvent the form of money itself. This class looks at the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of money as a media technology.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2018
MDST 3751Value, Values, Valuation (3)
Measuring "value" is an important feature of media industries and contemporary life more broadly. This class asks how value is determined, according to what value systems, through what systems of valuation. We will look at taste, metrics, reviews, awards, likes, retweets, and ratings, to try to understand how people answer the question, "What is valuable?"
Course was offered Fall 2019
MDST 3755Social Media and Society (3)
Spring 2020
This class examines computer-mediated communication forms known as "social media." What makes these technologies "social" or "media"? From algorithms to selfies, most aspects of social media have been met with both moral panics and utopian pronouncements. Students will develop a set of critical frames and analytical methods for understanding the role of social media in society.
Course was offered Spring 2018
MDST 3757Design, Technology, Media (3)
Spring 2020
This course will introduce Media Studies students to-- but also critique-- the theory and practice of design thinking and research in media. There will be a strong practice component. No technical skills required.
MDST 3760#BlackTwitter and Black Digital Culture (3)
Spring 2020
Using a mix of scholarly and popular-press readings and an examination of digital artifacts, we will analyze the creations and contributions of Black digital culture from the mid-90s to the present. Covering topics including the early Black blogosphere; the creation of niche content sites like BlackPlanet.com; the emergence of Black Twitter; the circulation of memes, and the use second-screening.
MDST 3800Field Experience in Media Studies (1)
Spring 2020
Provides an opportunity for students to get credit for field work, in the area of media studies. Students must put a proposal together for the project with a faculty sponsor, which must be approved by the add/drop deadlines. Restricted to Media Studies Majors.
MDST 3801Research in Practice (3)
This is a course designed specially for MDST students pursuing a DMP. This course blends a traditional internship experience with in-the-field research and allows students to have a critical understanding of the media organization in which they intern. Students who wish to pursue MDST 3801 must apply to the Director of the Program who oversees and supervises the course. MDST 3801 is available only to students who are part of the MDST DMP.
MDST 3809New Media in New York (3)
Examines why New York City remains the center of global journalism.
MDST 3830History of Film I (3)
Spring 2020
Analyzes the development of the silent film, 1895 to 1928; emphasizes the technical and thematic links between national schools of cinema art and the contributions of individual directors. Includes weekly film screenings.
MDST 3840History of Film II (3)
Analyzes the development of film art from the inception of sound to the 1950s. Includes weekly film screenings. Pre-requisites: DRAM 2810 or 3830, or instructor permission.
MDST 3850History of Film III (3)
A history of narrative, documentary and experimental film, 1955-77. Developments in the aesthetics of film are examined in the context of socio-economic, political and cultural conditions specific to different historical moments. Includes weekly film screenings. Students should have completed DRAM/MDST 3830 and 3840 prior to requesting permission to enroll. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
MDST 3900Specialized Field Experience in Media Studies (1 - 2)
This course is reserved for Media Studies students interested in receiving credit for participation in student-led and UVA-affiliated enterprises that are media-related under the guidance of a faculty member or industry professional in the area of media studies. Students must put a proposal together for the project with a faculty sponsor, which must be approved by the add/drop deadlines. Restricted to Media Studies Majors.
MDST 3903Media and Protest: The 1960s (3)
Explores the protest movements of the 1960s through the lens of media coverage in the mainstream press of the day -- newspapers, general interest newsmagazines, photojournalism, television, popular culture, as well as the Movement's own underground press. Purpose is to understand a fascinating and often misunderstood moment in American history but also to investigate what that period can tell us about our current moment of protest and activism.
Course was offered Spring 2019
MDST 4000Media Theory and Methods (3)
Spring 2020
An introduction to advanced theory and research methods in Media Studies. Intended as a foundation for thesis work to be conducted in a student's fourth year of undergraduate study (usually to fulfill Distinguished Majors Program requirements). Covers subjects such as historiography and proper use of historical records, survey methodology and ethics, and ethnographic methods. Prerequisite: MDST 3000.
MDST 4010Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project (3)
Spring 2020
Writing of a thesis or production or a project with appropriately researched documentation, under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers or project supervisor.
MDST 4101Privacy & Surveillance (3)
Can we preserve dignity and privacy in the age of Facebook? This seminar will consider the history and current applications of technologies & cultures of surveillance. How & why did we get to the point where almost all of our activities leave a trace? What sorts of laws and policies do we need to protect our sense of personal integrity? Students will conduct two brief oral presentations (accompanied by a video) & produce a 20-page research paper.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
MDST 4102Qualitative Methods in Media Audience Research (3)
This course is designed to be a practical introduction to how to do audience research in the field of culturally-oriented communication study. The primary work students will be doing is to prepare research projects illustrating the in-depth application of one (or possibly multiple) methods of research employed in studying the cultural audience.
Course was offered Spring 2011
MDST 4105Media and Citizenship (3)
This course provides a critical perspective on the relationships of media to citizenship. It asks questions central to explaining the role of media in political and national life, including the following: What notions of national and political membership are forwarded by mainstream media? What media spaces are viable for the political agency of racial, sexual, and economic minorities and how do these spaces work?
Course was offered Fall 2017, Fall 2012
MDST 4106Media and the Kennedy Era (3)
This course examines mass media 'network television, journalism, advertising, cinema' both during the Kennedy years and after to explore the impact, ideas, ideals, and iconography of this presidency. Prerequisites: MDST 2000 or permission of instructor
MDST 4107Feminism and the Public Sphere (3)
This class will examine the normative basis of the public sphere and critiques of its current structure and ask: What would a more inclusive vision of political participation and communication look like? In attempting to build an answer, we will examine a number of works on communication ethics, politics and media, with an emphasis on feminist and queer scholarship.
Course was offered Fall 2013
MDST 4108Media, Drugs, and Violence in Latin America (3)
This course will give you a critical understanding of the complex relationships between social violence, drug cartels, media, and Latin American nations. Together we will wrestle with the way Mexican, Colombian, and Brazilian drug violence has impacted and shaped new artistic forms and media practices that confront or, complexly, support the violence.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
MDST 4109Civil Rights Movement and the Media (3)
Course examines the crucial relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and mass media from 1950s through early 1970s, looking at a variety of media forms: Hollywood cinema, network television, mainstream newspapers, photojournalism, the black press, and news as primary documents that can tell us something about American race relations during this period and how the nation responded to challenges posed by a powerful social change movement. Prerequisite: Students should have completed either MDST 2000 Introduction to Media Studies or AMST 2001 Formations of American Cultural Studies.
MDST 4110Gender Non-Conformity in Media Culture (3)
As one of the primary cultural drivers of common sense, shared values, and political ideology, media are certainly influential storytellers. This course creates space for considering media's role in articulating and fashioning the limits and possibilities of gender identity. We will pay particular attention to representations of gender non-conformity in popular culture such as female masculinity, male femininity, and transgender subjectivity.
Course was offered Spring 2015
MDST 4200Sex and Gender Go to the Movies (3)
This course will examine the ways in which different mass media help to define our cultural ideas about gender differences and the ways in which feminist scholars have responded to these definitions by criticizing existing media images and by creating some alternatives of their own. The course will examine the notion that the mass media might influence our development as gendered individuals and consider different forms of feminist theory.
MDST 4210Global Environmental Media (3)
From analysis of documentary, narrative film, animation, gaming, experimental video, and social media, the class will provide students with the tools to bridge the gap between media and scientific messages about environmental issues. Students will develop critical tools to understand the aesthetic, environmental and industrial characteristics of different media practices related to some of the most significant issues facing our world.
Course was offered Fall 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
MDST 4211Kungfu and Korean Dramas: Transnational Asian Media (3)
Film production between Asian and Euro-American companies is rapidly on the rise. The fundamental objective of the course is to cultivate a rigorous theoretical understanding of the media industries within a global Asian network. We will ask: What are the cultural, political and economic implications of transnational co-productions both for global and domestic film markets?
MDST 4230Advanced Multimedia Reporting (3)
This course is for students strongly considering careers in news reporting, or news documentary production. We will focus on the higher level techniques involved in finding, reporting, videotaping and writing long-form memorable news stories. Experience in Basic Reporting, student journalism, or reporting internship required.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Spring 2018
MDST 4240Contemporary Brazilian Cinema (3)
This class provides a general overview of film production in Brazil since 1990. We will screen and discuss a variety of documentary and feature-length fiction films, paying special attention to their formal construction and respective portrayals of violence, race, class, and sexuality, particularly as they unfold in a context increasingly marked by globalization and neoliberalism.
MDST 4251Histories of Games (3)
Spring 2020
This course presents approaches to understanding multiple histories of games. Focusing on a central game series, franchise, or genre, students will engage with the history of game development, the impact of game play, and community practices around games. Students will engage with archival research, conducting individual research projects on game histories.
MDST 4310Celebrity Studies (3)
This course explores celebrity, stardom, fame, and self-branding as it is produced, circulated, and consumed for and by people of color. Paying particular attention to how race and ethnicity intersect with the phenomenon of celebrity in the media, this highly student-driven class will investigate celebrities of color through both historical and analytical lenses.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Spring 2018
MDST 4320Celebrities of Color (3)
Paying particular attention to how race and ethnicity intersect with the phenomenon of celebrity in the media, this highly student-driven class will investigate celebrities of color through both historical and analytical lenses. In examining the increasingly self-aware culture associated with celebrity, we will discuss the ways in which celebrity is conceived, constructed, performed, and discussed, as well as how it shapes notions of identity.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Spring 2018
MDST 4351Aural Histories: Edison to Auto-Tune (3)
Spring 2020
This is a course about the role of technology and technological innovation in the production and consumption of 20th and 21st century music. We will begin with the invention of the phonograph and the birth of the recording industry and continue up through the present day.
MDST 4380Violence & Media (3)
Violence in Media is a seminar in which we study different productions of the visual representation of violence in America. The course includes viewing films, looking at photographs, readings from social theory and philosophy, and writing a term paper. We raise questions around the ethics of creating and consuming representations of violence, both representations that show fictional violence, in movies, representations of real violence. Prerequisite: A minimum of two successfully completed 2000 level courses in Media Studies, Sociology, Philosophy or Politics, or comparable fields.
MDST 4405Internet Policy and Regulation (3)
This course offers students a deep dive into the policies, regulations, and politics that govern internet access and availability, in the United States, in countries around the world, and at the supranational level. Together we will answer the question:what are the policies governing Internet access at home and abroad?
MDST 4411Media Technologies and Free Speech (3)
Should computer code and hyperlinks be considered speech, protected by the First Amendment? Silent film? These are just some of the questions that new communication technologies have spurred for US speech law. We will explore how different media are treated under the First Amendment and discuss key legal issues associated with communications media, including censorship, corporate speech, and conflicts between copyright and free expression.
Course was offered Spring 2018
MDST 4559New Course in Media Studies (1 - 4)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 4660Watching the Detectives (3)
This course examines a number of American detective films and how the portrait of the hard-boiled private eye dramatizes concerns about class, race, gender relations, urbanization, the rationalization of experience, the limits of self-knowledge, the blurring of boundaries between bodies and machines, and the collapse of distinction between private life and public life.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
MDST 4670White Out: Screening White Supremacy (3)
Spring 2020
The course will draw from multiple genres and time periods to present an overview of how cinematic projections of whiteness have served to reinforce white supremacy. Equally important, students will examine films that counter the medium's terrifying consecration and preservation of white privilege, films that hold up whiteness for critical inspection.
MDST 4700Theory of New Media (3)
A seminar on the theoretical study of new and/or digital media. Topics such as digital representations of history, culture, race, gender, identity, and language; the nature of new media; technological changes in media; hypertext as medium; online community. Some close readings of new media objects. Short papers, class participation, and a final paper. Prerequisite: one course in Media Studies, English, or a related discipline.
Course was offered Spring 2013
MDST 4701Media and Everyday Life (3)
This course turns a critical eye towards media's relationship to everyday life. It conceptualize media, such as cell phones, television, and YouTube for example, as central forces in representing, demarcating and franchising the ordinary. We will explore the construction of ordinariness in media as well as the ways in which audiences engage with media in daily life to achieve `taken for grantedness'. Prerequisite: MDST 2000
MDST 4703Technology and Media (3)
This class will explore various social, cultural, legal, and political issues that have arisen in recent years as a result of new communicative technologies. The two main technological changes that will concern us are the digitization of information and culture and the rise of networks within society and politics.
MDST 4704Political Economy of Communication (3)
This survey course introduces students to the political economy of media. Central themes include political economy's historical development, its usefulness to the study of media & communications, & its contemporary applications in scholarly research. Students will be introduced to the power dynamics & institutional forces that impact media institutions, industries, ownership, cultural production, consumption & distribution in the US & elsewhere.
MDST 4705Spanish Mass Media (3)
This is an introductory course to Spanish mass media. The course gives students a critical understandings of the roles mass media plays in Spanish society, culture, and politics. The emphasis of the course is on sociological approaches to media, in particular studies of how radio and television participate in the making and remaking of modern Spain.
MDST 4803Computational Media (3)
Spring 2020
Computers are universal media. Our intimacy with computers shapes how we think about our communities, histories, cultures, society, and ourselves. Learn to program these "thinking machines" as an act of philosophical inquiry and personal expression, challenging your beliefs about creativity, intelligence, randomness, and communication. Students with no previous experience are especially welcome!
Course was offered Spring 2018
MDST 4960Advanced Independent Projects in Media Studies (3)
Spring 2020
This course is designed to allow students to pursue independent research and study of a topic that is not contained within the course offerings of Media Studies. This course will not fulfill the capstone requirement
MDST 4970Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project (3)
Independent research, writing or production under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers, toward the DMP thesis or project. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Media Studies DMP.
MDST 5501Advanced Special Topics in Media Studies (1 - 4)
This course will offer critical perspectives on selected contemporary issues related to new media. Topics may include media in industry, education, politics, culture, and socio-economics. This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013
MDST 5502Advanced Special Topics in Media Studies (1 - 4)
This course will offer critical perspectives on selected contemporary issues related to new media. Topics may include media in industry, education, politics, culture, and socio-economics. This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students and serves the purposes of establishing a "part II" for any courses taught in the Fall.
MDST 7559New Course in Media Studies (1 - 4)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Media Studies.
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
MDST 7703Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts (3)
An historical, critical, and practical introduction to technologies and ideas that are shaping teaching, research, publication, and collaboration across the liberal arts curriculum. Topics include hypertext, remediation, graphesis, ontology, and cultural analytics. Students study specifc cases and technologies, develop technology-mediated projects in a collaborative settings, and keep an online journal of their reflections on the material.
MDST 8000Media, Culture & Technology (3)
This is a core course that surveys key texts in Media Studies. The course takes a historical approach to the development of the field, but also surveys the various developments in the social sciences, the humanities, and film studies relevant to the interdisciplinary study of media.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2010
MDST 8559New Course in Media Studies (1 - 4)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Media Studies.
Course was offered Fall 2011
MDST 8900Graduate Independent Study (3)
A single semester of independent study under faculty supervision for MA or PhD students doing intensive research on a subject not covered in available courses. Requires approval by a Media Studies faculty member who has agreed to supervise a guided course of reading and research.