The Media and the Social
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5221
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
The object of the course is to examine the notions of medium and mediation from a sociological perspective. This does not mean to simply apply pre-constituted sociological categories to the study of media, as it is often done, but on the contrary to force media analysis and sociological analysis to interfere with each other's theoretical assumptions and in so doing challenge the traditional separation of the two domains. For this purpose the course will cover three main areas. Firstly, it will examine media theories, and theoretical approaches related to media, that, directly or indirectly, have contributed to the definition of the field, such as Medium theory, Semiotics, Cultural Studies, Mediology. Secondly, it will relate some media specific historical and technological changes such as reproduction, recording, transmission, and networking, to the transformation of social experience. Finally, and most importantly, the course will suggest that the social and the medium are mutually constitutive and that it is increasingly impossible, particularly in the present digital environments, to separate mediation from sociation. The format of the course is not a systematic survey of theories of media or sociology. Rather, the three areas mentioned above are incorporated in a series of discussions of key terms, concepts, and authors.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.