Understanding Media Studies
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5004
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
Understanding Media Studies is a required colloquium for all Media Studies students in their first semester of study. Students must register for the Monday night lecture and one working group (working groups mostly meet every other week). Every Monday meeting session, members of the Media Studies Principal Faculty and other invited guests from the University and the wider field of media studies and practice will share their own work and methods, thereby exposing students to the varied dimensions of research and production in the field, and particularly in the School of Media Studies at The New School. Over the course of the semester, students will meet the instructors, support staff, and colleagues with whom they will work throughout their graduate studies; become familiar with useful University resources; and develop skills and practices needed for graduate study. Students participate in moderating discussions, prepare and deliver a group research presentation and complete individual assignments assisting them for further study and practice in the field of media studies. **Online-only students register for the lecture and a working group; access recorded lectures and lecture materials through the class website; participate with working group members via online video chat. Course registration numbers for online students are the same as above.**
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Documentary Media Studies students.

Open to Environmental Studies students.

Open to Global Studies students.

Open to International Affairs students.

Open to Liberal Arts students.

Open to Media Studies students.

Open to Media Management students.

Open to Media Management students.