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Graduate Course Descriptions

MDST 7559 New Course in Media Studies

This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Media Studies.  If offered, topics will be listed on the course offerings page for the particular semester.

MDST 7703 Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts

An historical, critical, and practical introduction to technologies and ideas that are shaping teaching, research, publication, and collaboration across the liberal arts curriculum.  Topics include hypertext, remediation, graphesis, ontology, and cultural analytics. Students study specific cases and technologies, develop technology-mediated projects in a collaborative settings, and keep an online journal of their reflections on the material.

MDST 7705 Code, Language, and Media

Introduction to the theory and practice of the database as media form in the context of the digital liberal arts.  Students review critical literature about databases, study examples of their use in projects from a variety of disciplines, and engage in the actual design of a database application as a course project.  Topics include cross-cultural modes of classification, data models, big data, visualization, and building web-based databases.

MDST 8000 Graduate Seminar in Media Studies

This is a core course that surveys key texts in Media Studies.  The course take a historical approach to the development of the field, but also surveys the various developments in the social sciences, the humanities, and film studies relevant to the interdisciplinary study of media.

MDST 8559 New Course in Media Studies

This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Media Studies.  If offered, topics will be listed on the course offerings page for the particular semester.

MDST 8900 Graduate Independent Study

A single semester of independent study under faculty supervision for MA or PhD students doing intensive research on a subject not covered in available courses. Requires approval by a Media Studies faculty member who has agreed to supervise a guided course of reading and research.