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Robin R Oppenheimer
BISMCS 471
Bothell Campus

Advanced Topics in Media and Communication Studies

Advanced study of a topic in media and communication that includes a practice component. Recommended: BISMCS 333.

Class description

This course explores participatory media as socioeconomic and cultural phenomena that are being shaped by (mostly young) people and subcultures. Case studies of social media convergences in diverse (sub)cultural communities such as YouTube, U.S. political parties, Reality TV fans, and Japanese Anime will be researched and critiqued. Students will learn to collaboratively and individually analyze, discuss, write about, and critique 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 successful collaboration skills, including team building, active listening, communication, peer review, time management, and organization.

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 participatory media concepts, including the analysis and critique of the larger supporting systems of digital culture and social media technologies.

General method of instruction

Class lectures and discussions, group projects and presentations

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Quizzes, essays, group project

Group project and presentation = 25% Quizzes = 40% Final Essay = 20% Participation and engagement = 15%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robin R Oppenheimer
Date: 01/24/2011