FALL 2019


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Junior Seminars

COMM 190 A00
Instructor: Christo Sims
Title: UC 2050
Description: In this seminar we take up the following speculative design challenge: what might the University of California look like in the year 2050? Through individual and group work, you will learn to critique and analyze relations between political economy, educational institutions, and cutting-edge proposals for how public universities can be reinvented in high-tech ways. Additionally, you will imagine and develop your own ideas about how public universities could be different than they are today. Throughout, we will ask questions about equity, learning, technological change, and the roles public universities do and can play in society. You will learn to interrogate current debates around technological innovation and institutional change, and you will develop skills for exploring and communicating currently unrealized futures. This is a hands-on course that involves a fair amount of project-based group work. 

COMM 190 B00
Instructor: Matilde Azcarate Cordoba
Title: Branding Natures
Description: This course discusses the processes  and politics of branding and consuming nature that are characteristic of globalization processes. It uses a sociocultural approach to analyze specific case studies where natural spaces and its resources, landscapes and the environment have been commoditized through tourism planning, conservation zoning, urban development and climate change discourses.


COMM 190 D00
Caroline Jack
Sponsored Content
“Promoted” and “sponsored” posts are familiar sights to users of digital media. What does it mean for media content to be “sponsored,” and what can paid media content tell us about society and culture? Students in this course will learn to identify and analyze emergent forms of paid media content, including native advertising, content marketing, and influencer-industry collaborations. We will consider the social and cultural implications of paid content, putting today’s digital media in conversation with American historical traditions of media sponsorship. Further, we will draw out the connections between paid content and ongoing trends in American culture across areas including commerce, journalism, governance, and labor. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a case analysis through guided in-class and out-of-class research and reflection.

COMM 190 E00
Erin Hill
Aliens and Androids: The Self and the "Other" in Speculative Fiction
In “A Cyborg Manifesto,” Donna Haraway states that 20thcentury technology has blurred crucial boundaries such that, “we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism,” calling for a reconstruction of identity based not on physical or social boundaries, but on “otherness, difference, and specificity.” And yet, popular science fiction stories typically fixate on those boundaries, expressing fears of the unknown “other,” whether in the form of a cyborg, an alien invader, or a derelict ship in a strange solar system. This course examines notions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and other axes of identity through the lens of popular sci-fi and fantasy media, encompassing a range of topics, from Afrofuturist dreams to dystopian gender nightmares, and from colonial terraform tropes to immigration allegories. While film, TV and short fiction representations are of primary interest, the seminar will also consider the reception context, particularly the fan communities that have formed around science fiction franchises since the 1970s as sites of connection, resistance, and cultural production.

COMM 190 F00
Instructor: Louise Hickman
Automation and Disability
This course will provide students with a historical overview of the automation of technology for people with disabilities. This research seminar will draw on case studies ranging from Bell Laboratories in the 1950s to contemporary marketing campaigns lead by large tech companies, including Microsoft and Facebook, to situate new meanings of access post-Americans with Disabilities Act.

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 113T A00: Intermediate Topics in Communication
Stefan Tanaka
Ghosts in Japan: from Oral to Digital Storytelling
This course examines the transformation of storytelling from oral to 
digital forms using stories of ghosts throughout Japanese history. This course will use the broad category of ghost stories to examine (1) how people throughout Japanese history have negotiated the uncertainties of their physical and conceptual world, and (2) the different forms of knowledge transmission: oral, textual, and digital.