SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Section: 001 Virtuality and Digital Identity
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Lab Fee:
35.00
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 367.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines how identity (who we are) and identification (how we connect to representations) functions in relationship to media that is characterized as virtual. In doing so we will consider how identity is mapped onto virtual spaces and enacted within digital media culture. We will pay particular attention to how gender, race, and class are configured in relation to virtuality. In this course students will study “traditional” media like film and video and also analyze digital media work like websites, animations, and video games. In Virtuality and Digital Identity we will analyze theories of digital media, virtuality and identity and then examine those theories in relation to a series of case studies organized around contemporary themes of identity, namely, the cyborg, the superhero and the player-character. Throughout these studies we will develop a more thorough understanding of the twinned contemporary conditions of virtuality & identity.

SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
37125
Open
14
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
 
37127
Open
14
 
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Tu 7:00PM - 9:30PM
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Coursepack Location:
DollarBill
Note:
We use both a coursepack and a text. The text is Matters of Gravity by Scott Bukatman. Shop away online for the best deal.
ISBN: 0822331195
Matters of gravity : special effects and supermen in the 20th century, Author: Scott Bukatman, Publisher: Duke University Press 2003
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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