Media Studies Courses with Open Seats - Spring 2020

Special Topics in Media Studies: Beauty Inequality, Gendered Nationalism and Intersectionality
MEDIAST 190-001 (#30400  M/W 12:00-2:00pm)

The aim of the course is to explore the changing meanings of beauty through different geopolitical, historical and cultural contexts. This course introduces students to central concepts and theories in the multidisciplinary field of feminist cultural studies. Beauty is an integral part of our value system, and shapes our desires, identifications, and aspirations. Beauty cultures integrate local, transnational, and international characteristics derived from fashion, media, advertising and national and global beauty discourses. Because of this, beauty is a useful analytical tool with which to investigate intersection cultural power relations at different levels: the personal, the national and the global We will examine the beauty pageant industry, the skin-lightening and the cosmetic surgery industry in a number of societies around the globe (China, USA and India).

Special Topics in Media Studies: Living at the Speed of Light: Historical & Theoretical Approaches to the Social Effects of Electronic Media
MEDIAST 190-002 (#30401 T/TH 2:00-3:30pm)

The advent of the telegraph meant humans could interact instantaneously at great distance for the first time.  While many celebrated the "annihilation of space and time" and looked forward to an age of world peace and global community, others feared this new technology heralded a dark, lonely, and industrialized future.  Such hyperbolic reactions appear each time a new form of modern communication arrives on the market, begging the question: what is electronic media doing to our world, our communities, and our minds?  In this course, we will explore, analyze, and compare elite and popular interpretations of electronic media technologies such as the telegraph, radio, television, and digital computing. We will pay special attention to histories and theories concerning the social, cultural, and psychological effects of electronic media.