Understanding Media Studies

Required first-semester graduate lecture course, hybrid on-site/online 

Understanding Media Studies is a required course for all first-semester Media Studies MA students. It is a weekly seminar series that functions not only as a communal orientation experience for the first-semester UMS cohort, but also as an intellectual and creative hub for the entire School. We welcome several guest presenters from the academy, industry, and a variety of creative fields that represent the breadth of what Media Studies is and can be. We also welcome several New School Media Studies alumni and advanced current students, who speak with us about issues regarding professionalization and socialization within the field. The course is offered in a hybrid on-site/on-line format to accommodate all first-semester students.

Spring 2017: Website 
Fall 2014 / Spring 2015
Fall 2013: Website
Fall 2011: Syllabus [updated 8/29/11]
Spring 2011: Syllabus
Fall 2008: Syllabus

Tools & Material Consciousness” Lesson [pdf]
Final Course Lecture [pdf]

Sample Handouts 
Tips for Guest Speakers and TA’s
Plotting Your Own Course: Identifying Your Interests and Establishing a Research Plan
Navigating Research: Finding, Reviewing, and Abstracting Sources
Literature Review Tips