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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]

Back in 2005 I created a whole bunch of guides — on how to identify your interests, how to find sources, how to read effectively, how to take notes, how to share your work in written and multimodal form, how to engage with presentations and ask good questions, how to weather conferences, etc. — and I updated them each year for this class. They need another refresh!

Tips for Guest Speakers and TA’s