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CourseFacultyScheduleCreditsElectivePracticeDiversityNonUSFilmPolicyDescription
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MDST 2000 - Introduction to Media StudiesRubin, NicholasTR 12:30-1:45pm; WIL 4024NNIntroduces 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 2508 - Sports Media ProductionClay, Anna KatherineT 11:00-12:15pm; MON 1133NYIn conjunction with UVA's Athletic Foundation and the new ESPN/ACC Production studio inside JPJ, students in this course will participate in all roles associated with sports television production. From writing scripts to working as on-air broadcasters, students will rotate through experiential positions essential to real sports TV production. The class will meet weekly; written assignments will also be required. THIS COURSE REQUIRES INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION.
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MDST 2700 - News WritingKelly, CharlesTR 8:00-9:15am; BRN 2033NYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST 2700 - News WritingKelly, CharlesTR 9:30-10:45am; BRN 2033NYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST 3050 - History of MediaPetersen, JenniferTR 9:30-10:45am; WIL 3253YNThis 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 StudiesGoin, KearaTR 3:30-4:45pm; WIL 2383YNYThis 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 3115 - Breaking Bad: Once Upon A Time with the PestsLittle, WilliamMW 2:00-3:15pm; WIL 2383YNThis 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 philosophica
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MDST 3205 - New Latin American CinemaAmaya, HectorMW 2:00-3:15pm; PHS 2183YNYYThis 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.
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MDST 3375 - History of Music and Broadcasting in the U.S.Rubin, NicholasTR 6:00-7:15pm; CAB 4853YNThe 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 3420 - Media and Power in IranBlout, EmilyW 6:00-8:30pm; CAB 1683YNYSuccessive 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 3500 - Comparative Histories of the InternetDriscoll, KevinTR 9:30-10:45am; CAB 3323YNYStudents 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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MDST 3505 - Disability & MediaEllcessor, LizTR 12:30-1:45pm; BRN 2353YNYThis course considers how media representations, technologies, and industries have been shaped by and created ideas about disability in US society.
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MDST 3559-007 - Media and Protest: Case Study The 1960sBodroghkozy, AnikoM 5:00-7:30pm; CAB 3683YNYIn the wake of the racist and Nazi rallies in Charlottesville, the Women's March in response to Trump's election, and Black Lives Matter activism, the United States is in an era of protest and turmoil unseen since the 1960s. By examining media treatment of 1960s-era protest (civil rights, student activism, anti-war protest, women's liberation, black power), what lessons can we learn about our own era and the mediation of protest?
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MDST 3559-008 - Media BodiesEllcessor, LizTR 3:30-4:45pm; GIB 2423YNYIncreasingly, 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.
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MDST 3559-004 - White Out: Screening White SupremacyLittle, WilliamMW 4:00-5:15pm; BRN 2353YNYYThe 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.
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MDST 3584 - Screening Nature: The Environment on FilmDobryden, PaulMW 3:30-4:45pm; WIL 2143YNYYThis course explores how our imagination of nature has shaped and been shaped by moving image media. Focusing on German productions, we will discuss documentaries, propaganda, disaster movies, and experimental films to explore a range of historical, philosophical, and aesthetic questions, such as: why is nature on film so fascinating? Can we know nature through film? And what is nature in the first place?
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MDST 3680 - The News MediaAndrews, WyattMWF 11:00-11:50am; PHS 2043YNThis 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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MDST 3690 - Sports JournalismClay, Anna KatherineM 2:00-4:30pm; CAB 3643NYThis 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 3704 - Games and PlayDuncan, SeanTR 2:00-3:15pm; WIL 2143YNThis 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 3750 - Money, Media, and TechnologySwartz, DejaTR 9:30-10:45am; CAB 3683YNMoney 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 3755 - Social Media and SocietySwartz, DejaTR 11:00-12:15pm; CAB 3683YNThis 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.
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MDST 3760 - #BlackTwitter and Black Digital CultureClark, MeredithTR 12:30-1:45pm; BRN 3283YNYUsing 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.
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MDST 3800 - Field Experience in Media StudiesLittle, WilliamVARNNProvides 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 StudiesLittle, William1NNThis 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 4109 - Civil Rights Movement and the MediaBodroghkozy, AnikoTR 12:30-1:45pm; NAU 2423YNYCourse 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.
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MDST 4200 - Sex and Gender Go to the MoviesPress, AndreaMW 3:30-4:45pm; CAB 1913YNYYThis 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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MDST 4230 - Advanced Multimedia ReportingAndrews, WyattMWF 1:00-1:50pm; MIN 1303YYThis course will teach higher level reporting skills. Students in teams will research, write, shoot and edit 3 long form, TV-style news reports, each with a web posting. Content focuses on investigative, government related, or sports and business journalism, but creative reporting videos also encouraged. Many hours required outside of class for interviews and editing. Pre-reqs include Basic Multimedia, or student journalism or internships.
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MDST 4310 - Celebrity CultureGoin, KearaTR 12:30-1:45pm; WIL 2143yNYThis 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 4320 - Celebrities of ColorGoin, KearaTR 5:30-6:45pm; WIL 2143YNYPaying 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.
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MDST 4411 - Media and Free SpeechPetersen, JenniferT 5:00-7:30pm; COC 1153YNShould 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.
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MDST 4559-006 - Black Girl Magic in MediaClark, MeredithTR 2:00-3:15pm; GIB 1423YNYIn this course, we will engage in a critical examination of historical and contemporary narratives of Black womanhood through media created by Black women.
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MDST 4559-004 - Critical Game DesignDuncan, SeanTR 3:30-4:45pm; CAB 3643YNYIn this course, we will wrestle with the study of games through the pedagogical use of game design. We will consider games as systems that evoke play, while also addressing how the forms, practices, and industries of game development influences our experiences with these media. Students will learn game design, while working toward semester-long “critical game design” projects that use design to interrogate issues in the field.
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MDST 4559-007 - Cyber WarBlout, EmilyR 3:00-5:30pm; CAB 1113YNYYYThis course will explore the role of information technology in international and intra-national conflict and security. How have global communication platforms challenged traditional notions of security and war? What is cyberwar? What is cyberterrorism? Is there a difference? We will investigate these questions and others relating to the dark side of the information revolution in cyberspace. Students will learn about the geostrategic implications.
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MDST 4559-001 - Internet Policy & LawAli, ChristopherTR 11:00-12:15pm; NAU 2413YNYYThis course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the policies and regulations that govern the Internet. Using critical, comparative and institutional approaches to policy and regulation, the primary focus will be on questions of access (rather than content), and the institutions and organizations that regulate the Internet both at home and abroad.
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MDST 4701 - Media and Everyday LifeCavalcante, AndreTR 11:00-12:15pm; GIB 2423YNThis 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 exploreThis 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
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MDST 4704 - Political Economy of CommunicationAli, ChristopherM 6:00-8:30pm; Nau 2423YNYThis 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 and communications, and its contemporary applications in scholarly research. Students will be introduced to the power dynamics and institutional forces that impact media institutions, industries, ownership, cultural production, consumption and distribution in the US and elsewhere.
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MDST 4801 - Introduction to Documentary ProductionBarefoot, CoyM 6:30-8:00pm; BRN 3103NYYFocuses 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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MDST 4803 - Computational MediaDriscoll, KevinTR 11:00-12:15pm; CAB 3323YYComputers 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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GETR 3590 - Reporters at WarRiedle, GabrieleTR 11:00-12:15pm3YIt is crucial that journalists continue to report on global crises, from places where daily life can be complicated, difficult, and dangerous. With the journalist and writer Gabriele Riedle, students will explore a variety of texts, photographs, and documentary films—from Ernest Hemingway’s reports from the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s to the Magnum Photo Agency’s ongoing documentation of conflicts. Informed by Riedle’s extensive experience reporting from crisis regions, the course will grapple with the practical, ethical, and representational questions raised by such journalism: What is life like for journalists “in the field”? How can they continue to work while staying safe? What different genres and media are available to cover wars, armed conflicts, and humanitarian or political crises? Is objectivity possible, especially in cases when a reporter is embedded with an army? How can journalists avoid sensationalizing crisis or portraying themselves as heroes?
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