585-HSC-VA, Mass media, Mass Culture
This course will introduce students to media history. Through the study of selected developments in media's central technologies, key concepts, defining codes and conventions and culturally defining events, students will explore the evolving features of mass culture and ideas. Students will also examine the media's earliest histories through various critical lenses, with a comparative analysis of the origins of modern mass cultures and their technologies. This will include an examination of how meaning is conveyed through the use or subversion of codes and conventions typical of a medium.