SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Section: 001 Mobile Media Cultures
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 367.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Much of our everyday lives are spent “always on” our small screen devices. Constant movement guides our interactions with and through media, whether our own mobility or the perpetual circulation of the technologies and content we engage daily. This class approaches digital media through the lens of mobility and seeks to better understand the social, political, artistic, and economic dimensions of today’s mobile media landscape. We’ll develop some working theories and frameworks for establishing “mobile media cultures” and then discuss mobile in the context of digital economies and industries, interpersonal communication, politics and safety, and storytelling and entertainment. Since software applications are increasingly prevalent on our small, mobile screens, we’ll use the app as our primary analytic this semester. We’ll study mobile media not only as “new media” but also as the main locus of the thinkable and mobile world.

*Please note this course focuses on the critical-cultural study of digital media. While some of the course components include making media, you do not need prior technical knowledge and this is not a production or coding/programming course.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on attendance and participation, on critical responses to course readings, on two exams, and a final paper or project.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in the critical study of digital media cultures. Because this class focuses on contemporary media and its impact in our everyday lives, it will be broadly appealing to students from a range of departments. However, this is not an engineering or programming course.

Class Format:

This course meets twice a week for one hour lectures plus a 2-3 hour screening lab every other week.

SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LAB)
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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