MRTS 4515/5415

TEEN MEDIA

A critical examination of various youth media and cultures in post-war America.  The course addresses popular teen films and TV and considers how young people use, value, produce, and find meaning in media across different contexts.

MRTS 3620

DIGITAL MEDIA & SOCIETY

Overview of development, organization and operation of different digital media technologies, platforms and industries. Analyzes broader concepts related to identity, community, citizenship, and privacy.

MRTS 4450/5560

COMMUNITY MEDIA EDUCATION

Media literacy course designed to combine pedagogical media theory with community-based youth education in a hands-on experiential way. The first part of the course focuses on media literacy and theories of media pedagogy; specifically the power of digital storytelling as a strategy for personal narrative and community change & approaches for working with marginalized youth populations. Application of literacy and pedagogy in a digital storytelling workshop for youth in foster care.

MRTS 5121

DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES

Graduate Course. Examination of emerging theoretical approaches to mass media. Application to digital media and traditional film and television of qualitative methodologies based on concepts including: participatory culture, community, mobility, network theory, labor economies and globalization.

 

MRTS 4465/5565

GENDER, RACE, & DIGITAL MEDIA

Research-based course that uses intersectional feminist media theory to analyze the relationships between gender, race, and digital technologies. Using historical and contemporary examples, we examine how platform politics shape and are shaped by identity, discourse, and experiences. Students learn to apply several theories and methodological approaches to study race, gender, and digital media.

MRTS 4450/5660

DIGITAL LITERACIES & SOCIAL ACTIVISM

Examines the intersection of media literacy, participatory cultures, network societies, media advocacy, and social activism within the context of evolving technologies and social practices.

MRTS 4410

MEDIA IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Exploratory research-based course addresses the evolving relationships between the ongoing global health crisis (COVID-19) and entertainment media, including: impact & responses from media industries, narrative & discursive representations of crisis, changes in audience practices, and collective meaning-making and mediated collective grief. 

MRTS 4450

"FAKE NEWS" & SOCIAL MEDIA

An historical and critical analysis of "fake news" through an examination of social media. Moving beyond strategies of information literacy, course examines the role of social media, platform architecture, business models, surveillance capitalism, and disinformation campaigns in a "post-truth" world.