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SubjNumSection #TitleInstructorDaysTimeCreditsPracticeDiversityNonUSFilmPolicyNonWesternSWRDescription
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MDST2000Introduction to Media StudiesRubinTR
9:30-10:45am
4Introduces 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.
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MDST2305Introduction to Radio/Sound ProductionMajerczykW
6:00-8:30pm
3YStudents 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.
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MDST2700"001"News WritingKellyTR
9:30-10:45am
3YYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST2700"002"News WritingKellyTR
8:00-9:15am
3YYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST2810Cinema As An Art FormMarshallMWF
2:00-2:50pm
3A course in visual thinking; introduces film criticism, concentrating on classic and current American and non-American films.
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MDST3050History of MediaDriscollTR
12:30-1:45pm
3This 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.
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MDST3106History of U S BroadcastingBodroghkozyTR
12:30-1:45pm
3This 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
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MDST3115Breaking Bad: Once Upon A Time with the PestsLittleTR
12:30-1:45pm
3This course examines the television drama Breaking Bad through interdisciplinary study of the show's narrative, characters, and formal design. Subjects to be explored include: the dynamics of socio-economic breaks in contemporary America; the philosophical and psychological implications of being bugged; the show as postmodern Western; the semiotics of space and color; the poetry of W.W.
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MDST3120Global Media & CybersecurityKokasW
4:00-6:30pm
3YYThis course will use cases from around the world to examine the relationship betweeen 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.
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MDST3202Digital Media and PublishingT
5:00-7:30pm
3YThis course examines current best practices in digital media and publishing, and calls on students to write, edit, and curate meaningful content using industry recognized tools, such as Wordpress and Tumblr, as well as experiment with new and experimental platforms. Students will learn how to develop an online content strategy by analyzing the target audience, determining the message to be conveyed, and presenting user-friendly content.
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MDST3402War and the MediaWilliamsTR
2:00-3:15pm
3YThis 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.
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MDST3405Media Policy and LawAllenMWF
11:00-11:50am
3YThis 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.
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MDST3406The Wire: Understanding Urban America Through TV at its BestWilliamsTR
11:00-12:15pm
3YYThis 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
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MDST3407Racial Borders & American CinemaDaveTR
11:00-12:15pm
3yThe 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
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MDST3500Comparative Histories of the InternetDriscollTR
9:30-10:45am
3Students will learn how computer networks became a medium for interpersonal communication & community. We will "reverse engineer" the technologies & technical cultures that gave rise to the global information infrastructure. Students will explore unfinished systems, abandoned experiments, & other historical "dead ends." This is a hands-on approach to media history & the technical concepts that make the internet possible.
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MDST3504"001"International CommunicationsAllenMW
2:00-3:15pm
3YYAn overview of the economic, political, social, cultural and historical contexts that work together to construct the contemporary framework of international communications and foreign policymaking.
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MDST3504"002"International CommunicationsAllenMW
4:00-5:15pm
3YYAn overview of the economic, political, social, cultural and historical contexts that work together to construct the contemporary framework of international communications and foreign policymaking.
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MDST3505"001"Intersectionality & the MediaGoinTR
12:30-1:45pm
3YRooted in the scholarship of women of color and utilizing critical cultural studies, media studies, feminist and queer studies, and critical race theory, this class explores the various ways in which intersectional identity both is and is not reflected in U.S. media texts. The goal of the course is to help articulate how identity functions for people living in a media society.
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MDST3505"002"Intersectionality & the MediaGoinTR
4:30-5:45pm
3YRooted in the scholarship of women of color and utilizing critical cultural studies, media studies, feminist and queer studies, and critical race theory, this class explores the various ways in which intersectional identity both is and is not reflected in U.S. media texts. The goal of the course is to help articulate how identity functions for people living in a media society.
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MDST3559"008"Language and New MediaWilliams, AshleyTR
9:30-10:45am
3This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of how language both shapes and is shaped by American society with a focus on New Media. Draws on critical and analytical tools and socio-cultural theories to examine this dynamic relationship in Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, texting, Instagram, YouTube, and more. [Cross listed with AMST 3559]
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MDST3559"003"Selves, Selfies, and SocietySwartzTR
11:00-12:15pm
3YIn November 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary named “selfie” the international word of the year. In the years since, the selfie has been an everyday practice and an object of scorn. This class will use the selfie as way to take a self-portrait of contemporary society. Topics will include: self-presentation and identity play; race, gender, sexuality; politics and protest; facial recognition and dataveillance; celebrity and authenticity.
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MDST3559"006"Media & American Popular MusicDoktorTR
12:30-1:45pm
3Students discover how analogue and digital technologies shape the production and circulation of recorded music. We examine the succession of mass media platforms, from mass-produced sheet music in the late-19th century to digital music and video on the Internet. Central course questions explore how different media construct race, gender, and class in and through music.
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MDST3559"007"Modernism & Mediated Life in the Jazz AgeDoktorTR
3:30-4:45pm
3The Roaring Twenties are defined by turbulent changes that led modernist artists, writers, and composers to locate new and confrontational modes of expression. Comparing advances in film, advertising, the recording industry, sound technology, radio, and industrial production, students discover what mediated life was like in the United States and how it effected modernist art.
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MDST3584"002"Masterpieces of French CinemaBlattTR
2:00-3:15pm
3YYAn introduction to masterpieces of French cinema, from the earliest short films of the Lumières and George Meliès, to feature-length works by Jean Cocteau, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, and others. Students will study film genres and movements in relation to social, cultural and aesthetic trends. They will also learn to identify and analyze film techniques, write analytical papers, and create original short video projects. [Cross listed with FRTR 3584]
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MDST3584"001"Film Noir and ExileDobrydenMWF
9:00-9:50am
3YYThis course examines the origins, evolution, and contemporary resonance of film noir, focusing on Hollywood films by German and Austrian exiles. Film noir of the 1940s and 50s offered mass audiences a critical view of U.S. society, and exiled directors were often ambivalent about their new home. We will also discuss more recent films with links to both film noir and German expressionism. Topics include migration, war, consumerism, and suburbia. [Cross listed with GETR 3566]
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MDST3600Women and TelevisionClayTR
2:00-3:15pm
3YExamines 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.
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MDST3630Screening TerrorismLittleTR
9:30-10:45am
3YThis 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.
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MDST3680The News MediaAndrewsMW
11:00-11:50am
3This course will examine how the US new 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.
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MDST3690Sports JournalismClayM
2:00-4:30pm
3YThis 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.
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MDST3706Media in China: Technology, Policy and CommerceKokasWF
2:00-3:15pm
3YYYYThe 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.
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MDST3800Field Experience in Media StudiesLittle1Provides 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.
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MDST3830History of Film IMarshallMWF12:00-12:503YAnalyzes 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.
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MDST3900Specialized Field Experience in Media StudiesLittle1This 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.
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MDST4010Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project3YWriting of a thesis or production or a project with appropriately researched documentation, under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers or project supervisor.
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MDST4109Civil Rights Movement and the MediaBodroghkozyTR
3:30-4:45pm
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MDST4200Sex and Gender Go to the MoviesPressMW
3:30-4:45pm
3YYThis 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.
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MDST4559"001"Race and MediaFojasT
2:00-4:45pm
3YIn this course we analyze media through the lens of racial formation in the US and along the axes of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. We explore the production of racial difference across all forms of media, primarily television but including advertising, film, and digital media.
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MDST4559"002"Researching College Sex CulturePressMW
2:00-3:15pm
3This course is designed to train students to investigate sexual culture on today’s college campuses, in both physical and on-line spaces. Our collective research effort will complement survey data collected by the AAU. Students will be trained in qualitative social research and in connecting online cultures to spatial university cultures, and in using new media research tools. Students will produce original publishable research.
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MDST4559"003"Celebrities of ColorGoinTR
2:00-3:15pm
3YThis 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.
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MDST4559"004"Advanced Multimedia ReportingAndrewsMWF
12:00-12:50pm
4YThis course will focus on higher level reporting skills. Students will research, write, produce & post news reports in categories that include explanatory, watchdog, governance/policy, investigative & data driven reporting. Several hours outside of class preparing, videotaping, editing and posting stories is required. Pre-reqs include Basic Multimedia Reporting, or participation in student journalism, or a summer reporting internship. [This course can alternately count as an elective, but not both.]
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MDST4559"005"Race and Sound in American CultureHamiltonMW
3:30-4:45pm
3YThis course examines how Americans have used race to think about sound and musical performance. It explores the ways people thought about, wrote about, and formed understandings of sounds and how they contradicted or confirmed ideas about racial difference. Relatedly, we will examine the ways Americans have told stories about sounds that they heard and produced, and how these have doubled as stories about identity. [Cannot have previously taken this course at the 3000 level]
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MDST4559"006"Money as a Social MediumSwartzTR
9:30-4:45pm
3From Venmo to mobile banking, money is increasingly becoming part of our portfolio of social media services. This class explores the ways in which money has always been a social medium: a vector of relations, meaning, and power. Students will conduct original research on everyday financial practices, especially as they intersect with media and technology practices.
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MDST4660Watching the DetectivesLittleMW
2:00-3:15pm
3yThis 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.
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MDST4801Introduction to Documentary ProductionMoonT
6:00-8:30pm
3YYFocuses on the elements of documentary productions, including theory, ethics, and technologies. Along with writing assignments, student will produce their own short documentaries using mini DVD cameras and non-linear systems and non-linear editing systems. Instructor permission.
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MDST4802Intermediate Documentary ProductionMoonW
6:00-8:30pm
3YAn advanced level course that focuses on the elements and considerations that factor into documentary productions with emphasis on aspects dealing with the planning and execution of creating a documentary film.
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