SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Section: 001 Virtuality and Digital Identity
Term: FA 2016
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 367.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course examines how identity (who we are) and identification (how we connect to representations) functions in relationship to media that depicts deeply technologized cultures and states of virtuality. 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 digital identities and representations of identity in cinema. In this course students will study “traditional” media like film and video and also analyze how digital media like websites, animations, and video games work. 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 and the superhero. Throughout these studies we will develop a more thorough understanding of the twinned contemporary conditions of virtuality & digital identity.

In other words, this is a course that looks at both contemporary narrative themes in media that depict so-called “special” and technological characters, as well as how and why audiences identify with such representations.

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SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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