Comm. 397 GM:
Global Media Flows
From Hollywood to Bollywood, Korean Dramas to Netflix Originals, media finds transnational and diasporic audiences around the world and are remade, re-used, and remixed. This course unpacks theories of globalization and other processes facilitating the cross-border flow of various media. Case studies and assignments focus on the production, distribution, and reception of entertainment media from different parts of the world. In addition to reading responses and a midterm paper, students complete a group project on a country and media product of their choice.
Comm. 497 DL: Communication, Technology, and Work
This course examines the different ways that communication and digital technologies are shaping notions of work and labor. Students engage with ongoing debates on topics such as the sharing economy (e.g. Uber/Lyft driving), microwork (e.g. Amazon Mechanical Turk), microcelebrity (e.g. YouTube stars and Instagram influencers), tech entrepreneurship both in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world, as well as the work that goes into making popular consumer technologies like the iPhone. By the end of the course, students should have a critical understanding of the economic and social forces underlying shifts in digital labor, communication, technology, and work. Coursework includes digital assignments, reading responses, and a research paper.