Introduction to Media Studies
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|3:40pm - 5:00pm
This course is an introduction to the foundational theories in media studies and methods of conducting media studies. The purpose of the course is twofold. First, it introduces students to the field of media studies (key authors, debates, concepts), with a special focus on the relationship between media, culture, and power; second, it helps students situate the theories and concepts in relation to their lives as informed citizens and working professionals in a mediated global society, and learn to conduct critical research into and think critically about established categories and hierarchies of power and the role of media in reinforcing/challenging them.
The course is divided into four sections on media industry, media content, media user, and media, identity, and difference. In each section, students will read about theories and methods, and have the opportunity of conducting hands-on research on topics of their own choosing. In this way, students gain a theoretical and methodological foundation in media studies and identify subfields and materials they want to further engage in the future.