21L.015 | Fall 2005 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Media Studies


This course contains lectures, lab sessions and recitations, which are presented in the calendar using the following abbreviations.

L = Lecture
Lab = Lab
R = Recitation

L1 Introduction  
L2 Media Convergence  
R1 Media Convergence - What is Jenkins’ Argument? What are Counter Examples? Reading response 1 due
Lab 1 The Society of Spectacle Screening  
L3 Origins of Media and Media Theory Class media studies wiki due
R2 Reading Response Discussion

Reading response 2 due

Paper 1 due

Lab 2 Blade Runner Screening  

Library Research

What is Authoritative Information in the Age of the Network?

L5 Game Mods (Guest Lecture by Paul Marino)  
L6 Media is the Message / Simulacra and Simulation  
R3 Discussion of Media Projects and Modes of Working  
R4 Working Groups  
Lab 3 Battle of Algiers Screening  
L7 Theory of Media: Terrorism as Media Tool  
R5 History of Media: Kittler

Class presentation 1 due

Paper 2 due

Lab 4 eXistenZ Screening  
L8 Media Lab Field Trip  
R6 Media Acts  
Lab 5 Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y Screening  

Media and Property: Creative Commons

Guest Lecture by Hal Abelson

R7 Politics of Media: Discussion of Creative Commons License  
Lab 6 Sonic Outlaws Screening  

Audio Media: History of Mechanical Audio

Guest Lecturer by Lisa Gitelman

Paper 3 due
R8 Independent Work Group Meetings  
L11 Television’s Past, the Actualization of Mass Media  

The Future of Television

Discussion Led by Tom Levenson

Media assignment 2 due
Lab 7 Eyes on the Prize Screening  

Postmedia Production: Electronic Music Culture / Digital Radio

Student Podcast Demo

L13 Final Project: Class Presentations Final project and class presentation 2 due

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2005
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments
Media Assignments
Presentation Assignments