Class code A6120
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Previous Class title
Attached documents
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 木4/Thu.4
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 1~4
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
We live in a media-saturated world, where every part of our lives is deeply interconnected with some type of media: smartphones with us at all times, the vastness of the internet, our regular media diets of films, series, videos, tweets, SNS, music, and more. Increasingly, living life is done mainly through media, but how do we go about analyzing this media-filled world around us? With this point of departure, this class will give an overview of the foundational concepts for contemporary media theory, examining some of the ideas from the most influential thinkers of media. These theories explore not just the technical operations of media, but how they function in society, how media work on us and how we work with and through them. In examining the theories about media, students will learn different methods to examine and analyze the media around us and the society we live in. By studying these theories, students will gain a general understanding of how to think about media, helping them to better navigate our media-saturated world.

【到達目標 / Goal】
In addition to teaching the students about media theory, this class aims to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Throughout the semester students will: 1) learn various methodologies for approaching media; 2) examining the theories about various media; 3) explore how to apply these theories and concepts to other subjects; 4) learn how to conduct analyses of different media.

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)
Classes will be lecture-based, with visual material such as video clips and images. Students will be asked to have group discussions on certain topics and themes. Each week students will be provided with an academic reading relevant to the topic. These readings will be important background information and/or will be directly addressed as the topic of the lecture and discussion. Lectures will explain in detail and through examples the topic for that class. Discussions based off of the lecture will be facilitated by questions from the instructor to help the students explore and develop their critical and analytical skills for that topic. Students will be assessed on their understanding of the lectures and readings through their exams.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】

回 / No. テーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 Introduction How do we think about media?
2 Modernity and Media How media are part of historical shifts
3 Semiotics Examining signs and signification
4 Ideology Interrogating the systems of worldview in media
5 Post-modernity Analyzing the beginnings of the contemporary era and changes in media
6 Review & Mid-term Exam Overview of first section's topics
7 Material Components What media is made out of and its effects
8 Media Ecology Interactions between media and society
9 Networked Media Structures and practices of interlinking media
10 Media Platforms New media production and consumption dynamics
11 Media Reproductions Mechanical vs. digital reproduction and their differing implications
12 Simulation and Simulacra Between the virtual and the real in everyday life
13 Convergence of Media Intersections across media and their interactions
14 Wrap-up & Final Exam Overview of media theory

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students should complete the assigned readings before each class and study the notes they take in class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbook will be required as readings will be provided by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Durham, Meenakshi Gigi., and Douglas Kellner. Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks. Blackwell, 2006.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Participation 20%
Mid-term exam 40%
Final exam 40%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Not applicable.