Creative Practices in Sensory Geopolitics (MS2111.01)

Maia Nichols

This 2000-level media studies course is an introductory course on media studies that draws on case studies from around the world to consider media practices, amongst individual makers and communities as they engage with geopolitics. What are the dimensions of creative practices embedded in global crises? How can we draw out the sensory experiences of media such as touch, sound, taste, smell and affect beyond the visual? What geopolitical conditions do media practices and makers engage with? Through group projects and individual writing assignments, we will consider how to understand and study geopolitical problems, including ideologies of modernity, politics, representation and climate change. We will learn methods for engaging with concepts and media forms to understand socio-cultural climates and ecological environments.

Learning Outcomes:
-Develop collaboration and interpersonal skills with other peers through weekly group work including group projects for the final
-Improve critical thinking and writing skills with regular writing assignments throughout the semester
-Development of leadership, speaking and thinking skills in leading seminars
-Develop increased understanding of media as not purely visual but also sensory and multi-modal, we will discuss media in terms of haptics, touch, sound, taste, smell and affect
-Interdisciplinary and sensory approach to media studies that may complement other courses
-Consistent development of writing, critical thinking and reading skills throughout the semester with opportunities for feedback from professor and peers on a bi-weekly basis
-Develop presentation, speaking and collaboration skills by presenting to peers and working together to create a final project presentation
-Further understanding of gender, cultural studies and sensory studies in relation to media studies, ecology and global socio-cultural phenomenon

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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