Popular Media Culture

This course is an introduction to the study of popular media culture, with reference to the relationship between cultural theory and selected popular media forms. The course centres on critically examining the production and consumption of popular media culture. Particular attention is paid to issues relating to the social function and value of popular media culture.

Popular Music Studies

The field of popular music studies borrows from a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines, including history, sociology, musicology, ethnomusicology, communications, and cultural studies, among many others. This course introduces the student to a selection of these approaches by bringing together a variety of topics, touching upon taste, genres, institutions, and technologies, as well as cultural politics and identity politics as they relate to the study of popular music.

Advertising and Consumer Society

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the concepts, debates and theories that surround both historical and contemporary advertising texts. At the core of the course is a critical questioning of the role that advertisements play in our identities, self-perceptions, desires, aspirations and understanding of ourselves and each other.    

Introduction to Media Studies

This course discusses the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. It introduces various ways to analyse and understand media texts and the factors that shape their prodcution and consumption. It also explores the ways media texts, media production, and media consumption have been transformed in the context of technological change and the forces of globalisation and postcoloniasim. 

Visual Culture

This course is concerned both with visual artifacts and with vision as a social and cultural process. Thus, it considers the relationship between different visual regimes, or ways of seeing, and visual technologies, texts, and genres. It is also concerned with the historically specific understandings of what it means to see and be seen that make the visual world and our experiences in it intelligible.    

Transmedia Narrative and Storytelling

This course provides an introduction to different approaches to the elements, structures and techniques of storytelling, with reference to a range of historical
genres and media contexts, and consideration of different forms, including
non-linear and transmedia narratives. 

Contemporary Musicology

Assessment in this paper is designed to allow students to draw ideas from the material studied in class, and consider the application of those ideas to a variety
of musical contexts. The assessments are designed to contribute to a larger unified project, culminating in the final essay for this paper.