Robin R Oppenheimer
Examines a variety of issues involved in understanding different forms of media and their impact on our lives, in contexts spanning from local to global, using a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches.
Winter 2014: This course explores digital participatory media (Web 2.0) as socioeconomic and cultural phenomena that are being shaped by (mostly young) people and subcultures. Case studies of social media convergences in diverse cultural communities such as YouTube, videogames, and Arab revolutionaries will be researched and critiqued. Students will learn to collaboratively and individually analyze, discuss, critique, and write about new interactive media forms, networks, and systems, and gain an understanding of the potential future trajectories of the expanding media environment.
Student learning goals
Learn and practice communication skills, including critical reading and written/online/visual/oral presentation.
Learn and practice participatory media concepts, including the analysis and critique of the histories and larger supporting systems of digital culture and social media technologies.
Learn and practice information literacy skills, including how to identify, access, interpret, evaluate, and create information.
Learn and practice media literacy skills, including how media are constructed, interpreted, and critiqued.
Learn and practice successful collaboration skills, including team building, active listening, communication, peer review, time management, and organization.
General method of instruction
Lecture/presentations; class discussions; some group work
Class assignments and grading
Quizzes, essays, readings and class discussions