ITASIA 222: "Social Media, Computer-Mediated Communication, and Mediated Publicness" (Elective)

As we increasingly come to live our lives online in digital mediated spaces, the image of the self becomes more plastic, performative, and contingent. Anthony Giddens argues that the self in post-modernity becomes a reflexive project—an enterprise that we work and reflect on in order to fashion the story of who we are, how we came to be, and what we hope to become. Like celebrities in film and television, we have become the performers of our own lives for dispersed audiences across multiple media platforms. In the process, the distinction between our public and private lives becomes increasingly difficult to maintain, necessitating, like public relations, the careful management of our self-image. Our followers and friends become the audience in a staged performance that demands the constant cultivation of attention through self-disclosure, exhibitionism, and emotional labor. In digital spaces—with the intimacy of communication mediated by platforms, algorithms, and interfaces—how do we express feelings and immediacy, or pursue social and relationship goals? What impact does living our lives online have on our identity, self-esteem, communication, and sense of community? In this assemblage of the human and non-human, how are the social affordances of technology shaping our posthuman futures?

ITASIA 221: "Gender and Media Theory" (Elective)

This course is a graduate seminar on gender theory through select readings on the study of gender and representation in mass media, including film, television, manga, video games, anime and advertising. It will provide an understanding of current terminology and critical theories for analyzing gender through a survey of its most important scholars and influential recent works. The course draws on theoretical works from the field of gender studies, and includes additional readings specifically on gender and sexuality in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean contexts. The course will provide instruction in analyzing, discussing, and thinking about gender in the media, with the aim of producing either a literature review essay or an original research term paper that demonstrates mastery of gender theory.

ITASIA 201: "Introduction to Media and Communication" (Lecture)

This graduate-level introductory course provides an overview of developments and approaches to media and communication studies. The course is comprised of lectures that aim to demonstrate methodologies and approaches to media analysis. The lectures broadly cover the following four areas: journalism and democracy, mass culture and cultural studies, internet and social media, and globalization and political communication.

ITASIA 202: "Introduction to Media and Communication" (Seminar)

This graduate-level seminar course provides an overview of theories and methodologies in media and cultural studies. Through a discussion of important works and scholars in media and cultural studies, the class aims to establish a foundation for understanding current theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of journalism and democracy, mass culture and cultural studies, internet and new media, and globalization and political communication.

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