Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Film and Media Studies
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
27008 FMS 131 INTRO TO MEDIA STUDIES Spring 2019 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
29
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
67
Total Cap     
75
Cross Listed: AH 102 (P), ENG 118, FMS 131
Instructors: BURGES J
Description: This course introduces students to the theory and practice of media studies. We will look at a range of both media and historical tendencies related to the media, including manuscript culture, print, and the rise of the newspaper, novel, and modern nation-state; photography, film, television and their respective differences as visual mediums; important shifts in attitudes towards painting; the place of sound in the media of modernity; and the computerization of culture brought about by the computer, social networks, video games, and cell phones. In looking at these, we will consider both the approaches that key scholars in the field of media studies use, and the concepts that are central to the field itself (media/medium; medium-specificity; remediation; the culture industry; reification and utopia; cultural politics). By the end of the class, students will have developed a toolkit for understanding, analyzing, and even using the media that shape their lives in late modernity.
Clusters: H1AH012
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/college/aah/