Media Studies and Criticism
One semester: 3 art history credits
Mediatization has become an acknowledged and celebrated condition in a time when the visualized nature of a globalized world reconfigures our spheres of communication, value and evaluation in ways that require rethinking. This course looks at the history of modern media not only as a change in tools and technology but at the media cultures they generate, with a decided stress on contemporary and emerging situations. The aim is to characterize and critically examine accepted and newly developing theories used to understand the real changes in local and global functions of media cultures. Students are expected to actively participate in class exercises, as well as develop and produce independent projects that combine research with textual and visual resources. A global perspective and some experience in Internet practices, web design and social media are a plus, but not required.