Fall 2017 Media Studies Course Offerings
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MDST 2000-Introduction to Media Studies"100"CavalcanteTR
11:00-12:15pm
4NIntroduces 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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MDST 2700-News Writing"002"KellyTR8:00-9:15am3NYYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST 2700-News Writing"001"KellyTR
9:30-10:45am
3NYYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST 2810-Cinema As An Art Form"001"TBDMWF2:00-2:50pm3NA course in visual thinking; introduces film criticism, concentrating on classic and current American and non-American films.
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MDST 2810-Cinema As An Art Form"002"TBDW4:30-7:00pm3NA course in visual thinking; introduces film criticism, concentrating on classic and current American and non-American films.
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MDST 3000-Theory and Criticism of Media"001"PetersenTR12:30-1:453YYThis 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.
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MDST 3050-History of Media"001"BodroghkozyTR12:30-1:45pm3NThis 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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MDST 3105-Latina/o Media Studies"002"GoinMWF1:00-1:50pm3YYThis 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.
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MDST 3140-Mass Media and American Politics"100"FreedmanMW9:00-9:50am3YYExamines 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.
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MDST 3201-New German Cinema"001"DobrydenMW2:00-3:15pm3YYYExamines 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.
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MDST 3206-Documentary Film"001"PetersenTR3:30-4:45pm3YYThe 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.
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MDST 3230-Basic Multimedia Reporting*"001"AndrewsMWF
12:00-12:50pm
4Y or PracticeY or electiveStudents in this course will research, write and edit original, real time news stories for posting on student journalism websites. Multimedia means that students interested in print reporting will also learn camera skills, while students interested in video and on camera reporting will start with writing and research skills. An affiliation with a student run journalism outlet is strongly suggested.
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MDST 3310-Sound and Cinema"001"HamiltonMW3:30-4:45pm3YYYThis global cinema history class will proceed chronologically from the dawn of the sound era (early 1930s) to the early 1970s, looking at ways sound shaped filmmaking throughout this period and introducing students to various theoretical and critical writings on the relationship between visual and the aural.
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MDST 3355-Border Media1FojasT3:30-6:00pm3NNYYIn 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.
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MDST 3375-History of Music and
Broadcasting in the U.S.
RubinTR3:30-4:45pm3YThe 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.
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MDST 3405-Media Policy and Law"001"AliTR
12:30-1:45pm
3YYThis 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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MDST 3420-Media and Power in IranBloutMWF10-10:50am3YYSuccessive 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.
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MDST 3505-Asian American Media Cultures"002"DaveTR
9:30-10:45am
3YYThis course examines the diverse production by and representations of Asian Americans and their influences on U.S. media cultures that include film, television, literature, and social media platforms. We explore how Asian Americans shape and intersect with discussions about race, gender, nationality, migration and technology and the evolution of media stereotypes that range from the “model minority” and “the tiger mother” to the “techno-geek”.
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MDST 3505-Intersectionality and the Media"001"GoinMWF
10:00-10:50am
3YYRooted 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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MDST 3559-Money, Media, and Technology"006"SwartzTR
11:00-12:15am
3YMoney is one of the oldest media technologies in the world, bu 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.
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MDST 3701-New Media Culture"001"EllcessorTR
12:30-1:45pm
3YA 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.
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MDST 3701-New Media Culture"002"EllcessorTR
12:30-1:45pm
3YA 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.
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MDST 3559-Reading Black Digital Culture"004"ClarkTR2:00-3:15pm3YYUsing a mix of scholarly and popular-press readings and an examination of digital artifacts, this course takes a critical, intersectional approach to analyzing 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.
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MDST 3559-Value, Values, and Valuation"007"SwartzTR
9:30-10:45am
3YMeasuring "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?"
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MDST 3559-Games and Play"001"DuncanTR
12:30-1:45pm
3YThis 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.
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MDST 3584-Masterpieces of French Cinema"001"LevineMW3:30-4:45pm3YYYNNAn 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.
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MDST 3640-American Gangster Film"001"LittleMW3:30-4:45pm3YYThis 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.
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MDST 3650-Shooting the Western"001"LittleMW2:00-3:15pm3YYThis 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.
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MDST 3680-The News Media"001"AndrewsMWF
11:00-11:50am
3YThis course studies the changing quality of news as it evolves in the digital era. How do you know what you are getting? What’s good and bad about news online, news shared on social media, news on Facebook, or news filtered through the satire of Colbert and Oliver? Should we fear the collapse of the newspaper? And—is the news you consume strong enough to prep you as citizens and future leaders?
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MDST 3690-Sports Journalism"001"ClayTR2:00-3:15pm3NYNNThis 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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MDST 3703-Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts"001"FersterTR
11:00-12:15pm
3Y or PractiveY or electiveStudents 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.
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MDST 3800-Field Experience in Media Studies"001"Little1NProvides 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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MDST 3900-Specialized Field Experience in Media Studies"001"Little1NThis 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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MDST 4000-Media Theory and MethodsAliR4:00-6:30pm3YYAn 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.
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MDST 4010-Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project"001"Little3YYWriting 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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MDST 4010-Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project"002"Swartz3YYWriting 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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MDST 4105-Media and Citizenship"001"AmayaMW3:30-4:45pm3YYThis 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?
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MDST 4106-Media and the Kennedy Era"001"BodroghkozyTR3:30-4:45pm3YYThis 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.
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MDST 4559-Celebrity Culture"002"GoinMWF
11:00-11:50am
3YYThis 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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MDST 4559-Computational Media*"001"DriscollTR
9:30-10:45am
3Y or PracticeY or electiveComputers are universal media. Our intimacy with computers shapes how we think about ourselves, our communities, histories, cultures, and society. 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!
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MDST 4559-Brazilian Media006"CarterTR2:00-3:15pm3yYThe objective of this course is to examine the development of Brazilian television from its origins in 1950 to modern-day broadcast television, Pay TV, and Internet programming. It will focus on key policies and players—networks, screenwriters, directors, and independent production companies—formats, different modes of production, and financing mechanisms.
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MDST 4960-Advanced Independent Projects in Media StudiesLittle3YThis 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. Restricted to Media Studies majors.
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MDST 4960-Advanced Independent Projects in Media StudiesHamilton3YThis 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. Restricted to Media Studies majors.
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MDST 4559-International Strategic Communication003'BloutMWF
12:00-12:50pm
3YYYThis course is about successfully navigating a foreign operating environment and leveraging the tools at your disposal to achieve a long term outcome in a globalized marketplace. This course focuses on a number of themes and core principles of strategic communication in an age of “international” or cross-territorial media, markets and societies. They are: globalization, identity, and values.
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