WINTER 2020

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
 - WINTER 2020 COURSE LISTING


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and registration information for 2019-2020
For course descriptions please visit the UCSD catalog at:
http://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/COMM.html

Junior Seminars

COMM 190 A00
Instructor: David Serlin
Day & Time: Wednesday 9:00am-11:50pm
Title: Design for Access
Description: What does it mean for a space or a technology or a community or even a person to be accessible? In this course, we will read and discuss different social, political, and philosophical ideas about the meaning and practice of access, or its lack thereof. These discussions will form the backdrop for creating projects through which we contemplate design for access. Some of the questions animating this course are: what is the relationship between access and democracy? What tacit presumptions do we hold about access that either perpetuate or else challenge forms of power and hierarchy? Is there such a thing as universal design? 

COMM 190 B00
Instructor: Andrew deWaard
Day & Time: Thursday 9:30am-12:20pm
Title: The Culture and Economy of Streaming Media
Description: What changes when we "stream" media, rather than traditional modes of engaging with media, such as broadcasting, exhibition, and physical media? What are the competing business models for streaming media and which companies own the infrastructure? What is a "platform" and what is the broader historical and financial context for this development? What is a “feed,” how is it prone to misinformation, and how does our engagement and experience with media change in a streaming environment? What opportunities and obstacles are there in streaming media for more diversity and equality? What is the effect of streaming media on creatives, laborers, and producers of content? With examples from film, television, music, news, and other forms of digital media, as well as a focus on the major corporations facilitating this environment (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, etc.), this seminar will aim to answer these questions and more, analyzing the digital streaming media transition from the perspective of cultural studies and the political economy of media. 

COMM 190 C00 
Instructor:
Morana Alac
Day & Time: 
Wednesday 2:00pm-4:50pm
Title: 
Communication and Olfaction
Description: 
It is widely accepted that we use our sense of smell to relate to our living world, and, most recently, scientist are claiming with a greater conviction that the human nose is almost as sensitive as the noses of many animals. Yet, we also say that cannot talk about our olfactory experiences, and that our sense of smell is particularly difficult to capture and talk about. In this class, we will discuss those ideas, asking whether and in what circumstances they may be true, if we can challenge them, and how. We will do so by attuning us to actual acts of communication (as well as olfactory sensing!), and by reflecting on how we - as scholars of communication - may discover and render them.

COMM 190 D00
Instructor:
Boatema Boateng
Day & Time:
Tuesday 2:00pm-4:50pm
Title: 
Knives and the Gendered Body: The Social and Cultural Meanings of Cosmetic and Other Surgeries
Description: 
This course examines notions of the ideal body that result in physical alteration. The course will examine social and cultural norms and practices around different kinds of voluntary and involuntary procedures, including cosmetic surgery. It will also examine examples of resistance to those norms and practices. The course will draw on theories of race, gender, sexuality and human rights. Each student will have the opportunity to use such theories to examine one practice or set of practices and consider why they occur, the issues they raise such as individual agency, and how they reveal the relation between discourses and practices of race, gender and sexuality.

COMM 190 E00
Instructor:
Thomas Schmidt
Day & Time:
Tuesday 9:30am-12:20pm
Title: 
Narrative Journalism and Society
Description: 
In this seminar we will analyze how journalists use storytelling to write about social and political issues. Broadly defined as narrative journalism, this journalistic approach appears in different journalistic genres (i.e. reportage, report, first-person narrative) and in different kinds of media (print, audio, video, digital). We will examine narrative journalism as a cultural practice and identify its institutional and organizational characteristics within the current U.S. media system. At the same time, we will study how narrative techniques shape and constrain the representation of social and political reality. To do so, we will look both at the historical evolution and the contemporary practice of narrative journalism, mostly focusing on print and digital journalism. By the end of this seminar students will be able to effectively evaluate journalistic practices and media representations of social reality. This is a reading- and writing-intensive course that emphasizes experiential learning in the classroom.

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 113T A00: Intermediate Topics in Communication
Instructor:
Fernando Dominguez Rubio
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm
Title: Art as Communication
Description: 
In this course we will explore how art and communication interact with each other. This will entail two tasks. First exploring art as communication. Second exploring communication as art. Studying art as communication will involve exploring how art has been historically deployed to communicate and propagate political, religious, or philosophical ideas. In communication as art, we will explore how different modes of communication, like advertising, propaganda or social media, have adopted art for its purposes.

COMM 113T D00: Intermediate Topics in Communication
Instructor:
Gary Fields
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm-1:50pm
Title: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict:  Discourses and Debates
Description: 
The state of Israel, and the group of people living within and outside of Israel known as Palestinians, have been locked in what is arguably the most protracted conflict in the world today. This conflict reveals contrasting visions about who rightfully belongs to the land in question. Such differences about territorial belonging, in turn, have created divergent narratives about the origins of the conflict, along with vigorous debates regarding its perpetrators and victims. This course is a critical engagement with these debates, and how these competing discourses reflect different representations of the conflict. At the same time, this course seeks to provide students with a rigorous immersion into the nature of argument and issues of “objectivity” and “point of view.” It is intended to give voice to a range of perspectives on this conflict, many of which are too often silenced, while challenging students to understand the structure of the arguments at the core of one of the most impassioned and intractable issues of our time.

Advanced Electives - Topics

COMM 132: Advanced Topics in Communication, Politics, and Society
Instructor:
Alexander Fattal
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00pm-6:20pm
Title:
Media Spectacle and the Global War on Terror
Description: 
The Global War on Terror that began in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 continues to be intensely mediated. This course analyzes the circulation of images as they roil across the globe in a series of episodic events and neo-colonial adventures. We look back to the Vietnam War and end of the Cold War to understand the political logic of spectacle as it is developing through a global dialogue of violence in the digital age.

COMM 146: Advanced Topics in Cultural Production
Instructor:
Angela Booker
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm-1:50pm
Title: Storytelling
Description: 
TBD

COMM 180: Advanced Studies in Communication Theory
Instructor:
Stefan Tanaka
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm-1:50pm
Title: Cybernetics
Description:
Cybernetics is a trans-disciplinary inquiry that emerged around the 1940s and 50s as a scientific study of control and communication in humans, animals, and machines. While it has not endured, many trace the information age to this moment. It's legacies include computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive science, and complex systems. This course will examine the rise of cybernetics, especially beginning with the Macy Conferences, its hopes, legacies, and limitations.