Fall 2017



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Junior Seminars

PREREQUISITES: Junior Standing and MUST HAVE TAKEN COMM 10 and AT LEAST 1 of the COMM 100 courses

COMM 190 (A00)
Instructor: Gary Fields
Native Americans and Colonists: From the time of Contact to the Dakota Pipeline
This course examines the fraught and even tortured history of the interactions between Native Americans and European colonists in what is now the United States from the precolonial period to present-day. One of the primary aims of the course is to focus on voices and texts of indigenous Americans that are too often silenced and erased in the retelling of the American experience. At the same time, the course does not seek to romanticize Native Americans but instead emphasizes the role of various Amerindian groups as active agents in producing their own cultures and histories alongside colonists and the modern-day descendants of the latter. While there are innumerable Native American histories and peoples, the course will focus on some of the common themes across this diversity. The course is intended to be both historical-grounded and topically relevant for the cultural politics of today.


COMM 190 (B00)
Instructor: Brian Goldfarb
Culture and Politics of Exhibition and Display
Description: This senior seminar will be concerned with institutions and practices of public exhibition and display. Weekly readings, screenings and discussion topics will address historical and contemporary forms of display and their social, ethical, political and organizational dimensions. We will consider a range of examples of visual presentation including: exhibitions of art, artifacts, culture and science; modes of educational as well as commercial display; and the re-conceptualization of these as digital forms. Participants will also visit exhibitions and other sites of display that we will discuss in seminar. While focusing attention on critical analysis of practices of display as a site of research, the course will also consider alternative approaches to curatorial practice and engage participants in developing exhibition strategies.


COMM 190 (C00)
Instructor: Christo Sims
Title: Futures of Learning
In this seminar we will take up the design challenge: how might public universities be otherwise? Through individual and group work, you will learn to analyze current educational institutions, assess influential proposals about how to fix or improve public universities, and imagine your own ideas about how public universities could – and perhaps should – be radically different. Throughout, we will ask questions about equity, learning, and the roles of educational institutions in society. You will learn to critically analyze the latest debates around media technologies and education and you will develop skills for exploring and communicating currently unimaginable futures. This is a hands-on course that involves a fair amount of project-based work.


COMM 190 (D00)
Instructor: Boatema Boateng
Title: What is a Nation?
Why do we have nations? What does it mean when nations think of themselves in terms of gender? Why and how are foods and sports linked with nations (e.g. American apple pie and Canadian hockey)? Why do the nations of Belize and the U.S. describe themselves as “land of the free” while Japan describes itself as “land of the rising sun”? How does the study of communication help us to answer all these questions? Drawing on theories from political science, media studies, and critical race, gender, and sexuality studies, this course seeks to understand nations, how they come into being, and how they are linked to different kinds of identities.

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 113T: Intermediate Topics in Communication
Instructor: Patricia Ahn
Title: K-Pop
This course offers an overview of Korea’s contemporary global music industry, known also as K-Pop. We examine how Korean idols have been marketed to audiences across Asia and now the U.S., all while tracing the genre’s visual and sonic origins to the sights and sounds of American pop songs that entered the country through the U.S. military bases that have been stationed throughout South Korea since the Korean War (1950-present). 

Advanced Electives - Topics

COMM 146 - Advanced Topics in Cultural Production
Instructor: Gavin Halm
Title: Virtual Reality
Students will learn about the history of virtual reality (VR) from its origins in “Experiential Theatre”, early “hypermedia” experiments, and military technologies, to today’s explosion of consumer-grade, head-mounted displays and “mobile-VR” platforms, such as Google Cardboard. This course will also center its discussion on “live-action”, cinematic VR as both an extension of traditional filmic modalities, as well as being an entirely new approach to the cinematic, especially with regards to VR-driven journalistic/documentary productions. We will do the best to allow students the opportunity to create a short 360 VR film, and the complex technical requirements and processes needed for VR production and post-production will be covered.