The Media and the Social

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

The Media and the Social

Spring 2018

Taught By: Paolo Carpignano

Section: A

CRN: 1594

Credits: 3

The object of the course is to examine the notions of medium and mediation from a sociological perspective. This does not mean to simply apply pre-constituted sociological categories to the study of media, as it is often done, but on the contrary to force media analysis and sociological analysis to interfere with each other's theoretical assumptions and in so doing challenge the traditional separation of the two domains. For this purpose the course will cover three main areas. Firstly, it will examine media theories, and theoretical approaches related to media, that, directly or indirectly, have contributed to the definition of the field, such as Medium theory, Semiotics, Cultural Studies, Mediology. Secondly, it will relate some media specific historical and technological changes such as reproduction, recording, transmission, and networking, to the transformation of social experience. Finally, and most importantly, the course will suggest that the social and the medium are mutually constitutive and that it is increasingly impossible, particularly in the present digital environments, to separate mediation from sociation. The format of the course is not a systematic survey of theories of media or sociology. Rather, the three areas mentioned above are incorporated in a series of discussions of key terms, concepts, and authors.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:47am 5/23/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 1/24/2018 - 5/9/2018