SAC 354 - New Media History
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 236.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

All media were once new. This is the premise that anchors New Media History. Uncovering the moments when media form, emerge, converge, adapt, and shift is critical to understanding the very forms of media themselves. This class has two goals: to look back at the history of media and in doing so, to best understand our present notion of what "new" media is and how it has come to be. To achieve these goals, we will primarily focus on digital history and follow the "digital turn" from its heightened influence in the mid-20th century to the present. Along the way we will examine the rhetoric of innovation and “newness” that surrounds certain technologies and observe the development and distribution of specific computing and communication technologies. Students will develop a critical literacy in historiographic methods by reading key authors in the field of new media theory, identifying key concepts relevant to media history, and developing a familiarity with the material history of computers, computer networks, screens, film, telephony and television.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on attendance and participation, on critical responses to course readings, on exams, and a digital archiving project.

Intended Audience:

SAC majors, DS certificate students, and those upper-level students looking to fulfill a humanities requirement.

Class Format:

Blended seminar and lecture with a bimonthly screening.

SAC 354 - New Media History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for SAC 354 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)