MDST 2019 Schedule of Classes
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CourseInstructorCreditsScheduleElectivePractice?DiversityNonUSFilmPolicyDescription
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MDST 2000-Introduction to Media StudiesCavalcante4TR 12:30-1:45pm; MRY 109NNIntroduces 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 ProductionClay3T 2:00-3:15pm; RFN 123NYIn 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.
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MDST 2700-News WritingKelly3TR 8:00-9:15am; BRN 203NYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST 2700-News WritingKelly3TR 9:30-10:45am; BRN 203NYIntroductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting.
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MDST 3050-History of MediaGoin3TR 12:30-1:45pm; WIL 325YNThis 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 3050-History of MediaGoin3TR 9:30-10:45am; WIL 325YNThis 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 3115-Breaking Bad: Once Upon A Time with the PestsLittle3MW 2:00-3:15pm; WIL 238YNThis 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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MDST 3404-Democratic Politics in the New Media EnvironmentWilliams3TR 2:00-3:15pm; CAB 309YNThis 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.
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MDST 3406-The Wire: Understanding Urban America Through TV at its BestWilliams3TR 11:00-12:15pm; WIL 238YNYThis 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
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MDST 3420-Media and Power in IranBlout3W 6:00-8:30pm; WIL 214YNYSuccessive 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 3407- Racial Borders & American CinemaDave3TR 2:00-3:15pmyyYThe 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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MDST 3505-Disability & MediaEllcessor3TR 12:30-1:45pm; WIL 238YNYThis 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 3704 - Games and PlayDuncan3TR 11:00-12:15pm; GIB 242YNThis 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 3559-005- Interactive StorytellingDuncan3TR 2:00-3:15pm; WIL 214YNThis course addresses interactive media through the lens of storytelling, narrative, and world-building. Students will look across a diverse set of playable media (especially video games, interactive fiction, "newsgames," customizable card games, role-playing games, larps, and escape rooms). Students will engage firsthand with narrative and storytelling in multiple interactive avenues, creating several narrative experiences over the term.
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MDST 3559-001 Propaganda & Digital PoliticsBlout3R 3:30-6:00; GIB 141YNYThis class is about the dark art of influence, otherwise known as propaganda. Students examine the meaning and practice of propaganda from the purview of history and recent experience, with an eye to how changes in information communication technology may be shaping cultural perceptions of truth and authenticity.
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MDST 3559-003 - Media, Technology & DesignSwartz3TR 11:00-12:15pm; MIN 130YYThis course will introduce Media Studies students to-- but also critique-- the theory and practivce of "design thinking." There will be considerable creative workshop component in which students will be expected to present their own design sketches and critique those of their peers.
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MDST 3680-The News MediaAndrews3MWF 11:00-11:50am; PHS 204YNThis 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 3559-004 - Comics and Sequential ArtDuncan3TR 9:30-10:45am; BRN 328YNThis course will address the media of comics and sequential art, tracking the industrial, aesthetic, and cultural impact of comic books, comic strips, mini comics, webcomics, manga, fumetti, and la bande dessinée. Particular emphasis will be placed on comics and sequential art as a unique visual storytelling medium, with additional emphasis on the impact comics have had in other media, including film, television, and games.
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MDST 3706-Media in China: Technology, Policy and CommerceKokas3T 3:30-6:00pm; CAB 132YNYYThe 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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MDST 3740-Cultures of Hip-HopHamilton3MW 2:00-3:15pm; BRN 328YNYThis 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.
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MDST 3750-Money, Media, and TechnologySwartz3TR 9:30-10:45am; GIB 141YYMoney 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 3760-#BlackTwitter and Black Digital CultureClark3W 6:00-8:30pm; CAB 383YNYUsing 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 StudiesLittleVARNNProvides 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 3903-Media and Protest: The 1960sBodroghkozy3M 5:00-7:30pm; BRN 328YNYExplores 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.
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MDST 4000-Media Theory and MethodsAli3TR 3:30-4:45pm; NAU 241NNAn 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
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3YNWriting 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 4109-Civil Rights Movement and the MediaBodroghkozy3TR 12:30-1:45; NAU 242YNYCourse 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 4230-Advanced Multimedia ReportingAndrews3MWF 12:00-12:50pm; BRN 328YYThis 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 4559-Aural Histories: Edison to Auto-TuneHamilton3MW 3:30-4:45pm; GIB 211YYThis 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.
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MDST 4559-Internet Policy and RegulationAli3TR 11:00-12:15pm; BRK 103YNyYThis 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 4559 -003 White Out: White Supremacy and CinemaLittle3MW 4:00-5:15pm; CAB 207YNYYYThe 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 4960-Advanced Independent Projects in Media StudiesClark3YNThis 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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