Communication and Media Studies Summer Courses

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COMC-1101-R21 - Communication and Culture: History, Theory, Methods
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Rose Hill, Hybrid: MW, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

An introduction to the history, theory and methods of Communication Studies, Media Studies, and Cultural Studies. This serves as the required introductory course for the major in Communication and Culture. It provides students with a basic theoretical foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary traditions of our field, an historical examination of key paradigms and theorists, and an overview of the methodological approaches used by scholars of mediated communication. We will explore the ways in which theory and methodology are inextricably intertwined and how their relationship shapes both inquiry and analysis. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction

CRN: 14933

Instructor: D'Aiello, Alan
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ACUP, AMST, ASAM, ASHS, DISA, DTEM, DTMM

COMC-2277-V11 - Media and Sexuality
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Online: TWTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

By all accounts, we have witnessed an explosion of LGBTQ representation in the media over the last decade. This course critically examines the terms of this new visibility, and inquires into the exclusions that accompany the recognition of certain queer and trans subjects. Through the study of media, film and popular culture, we will explore how representations of sex and sexuality are also central to the construction of ideas about race, class, gender, and nation.


Instructor: Moorman, Jennifer
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: CCUS, CELP, COLI, EP3, PJGS, PJST, WGSS

COMC-2278-V21 - Media, Culture, and Globalization
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Online: MTWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

What is the role of the media in shaping our understanding of a globalized, interconnected world and our position within it? This course explores these questions by studying the role of the media in both producing and resisting forms of power, violence and inequality associated with contemporary globalization. In particular, we will examine how the media structures and mediates our relationship to others, and communicates powerful meanings about citizenship, national identity, security, and criminality.

CRN: 15825

Instructor: Nassiri, Hamidreza
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: CCUS, CMST, GLBL, INST, ISIN

COMC-2329-L21 - Media Industries
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: TTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

This course presents an introduction to the critical study of media industries. Students will not only survey institutional, social, and technological histories of the media industries, they will be introduced to scholarly approaches to studying issues such as media organization, the political economy of media, and media governance and regulatory policy. By engaging with recent writing and debates in the field, students will develop the skills necessary to examine media institutions, analyze their operations, and assess their impact on society.

CRN: 14799

Instructor: Hockenberry, Matthew
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: AMST, ASAM, CMST, JOUR, SSCI

COMC-4360-L11 - Communication Ethics and the Public Sphere
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: MTWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

This course deals with the policy decisions and ethical issues facing society in the telecommunications age. Of special concern are the ethical issues raised by the melding together of heretofore discrete media into vertically integrated, profit oriented, corporations. (Formerly COMM 4004).

CRN: 14883

Instructor: Kamin, Diana
4 credits


COMC-4380-L21 - Media and Moral Philosophy
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: MTTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

This senior values EP4 seminar examines public discourse through the lens of moral philosophy. Debate in the public sphere often uses moral narratives to make sense of difficult issues or events. When something grips the national attention—such as a school shooting, a hotly contested election, or an environmental disaster—we don’t just need to know what happened, we also need to grapple with why. We want to understand whether and how this changes who we are as a society and our place in history. To this end, news and social media create diverse and often contradictory narratives about who is blameworthy and who is a victim, about what moral goods are at stake and the best way to protect and promote them. Understanding these narratives in moral terms is crucial to becoming an ethically informed public citizen, because it helps us grasp the deeply human stakes underlying what may often seem like endless newsfeed chatter. Each iteration of the course focuses on a different issue. In this version of the course, we will be looking at the moral narratives around gender.

CRN: 14931

Instructor: Schwartz, Margaret
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ACUP, AMST, ASAM, ASRP, CCMS, CCUS, CMST, EP4, VAL, WGSS

COMM-3701-V31 - Summer Internship Seminar
Summer Session III, May 28 - August 6, 2024
Online, Asynchronous

In this course we explore the development of a life’s work in the context of broader issues in the contemporary media workplace, broadly defined. Through asynchronous discussion, exercises, readings, and reflections, we will examine students’ own experiences in contemporaneous internships, exploring subjects including finding meaning in your work, diversity in the workplace, connecting with mentors and role models, identifying your workplace values, and more. As much as possible, this course will cater to the particular needs and professional ideals of the students enrolled.

CRN: 15068

Instructor: Mowlabocus, Sharif
3 credits

Fordham course attributes: CMST, COMC, DTEM, FITV, JOUR

DTEM-4440-V11 - Privacy and Surveillance
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Online: MTWTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

New technologies, from closed-circuit television cameras to large databases, have shifted the information landscape in ways that call into question cultural assumptions and social norms about sharing, visibility, and the very essence of privacy. Can we have privacy in the digital age? Is mass surveillance justified? Whose interests are being served, and who is at risk? This course is designed to promote student awareness of and sensitivity to the ethics, values, and latest developments in global privacy and surveillance.

CRN: 15016

Instructor: Klang, Mathias
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ACUP, AMST, APPI, ASAM, ASHS, CELP, NMAC, NMAT, NMDD, NMDE, NMMI

DTEM-4480-L21 - Digital Media and Public Responsibility
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: TWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

An examination of the public cultures, goods, and problems that emerge from the ongoing integration of digital media into everyday life. This course goes beyond a traditional focus on personal problems and responsibilities to explore how publics have and can take collective responsibility to address structural inequities in a digital society.

CRN: 14930

Instructor: Donovan, Gregory
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ACUP, AMST, APPI, ASAM, ASHS, CELP, EP4, JETH, JOUR, NMDD, NMDE, VAL

FITV-1501-R11 - Understanding Film
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Rose Hill, Hybrid: MTWTh, 01:00PM - 04:00PM

Examination of the aesthetics of film, its formal language and structure. Screening and analysis of representative films. Study of film theory and criticism. Strongly recommended that students complete this course before other film courses. (Formerly COMM 2471). Lab fee.

CRN: 14884

Instructor: Prettyman, Michele
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: COLI

FITV-2425-R11 - Digital Video Production I for FITV
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Rose Hill: TWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

This introductory workshop class will teach the fundamentals of digital video production and cinematic storytelling. Students will learn concepts, techniques, and technologies pertaining to digital video and sound through hands-on production and post-production assignments. We will explore the aesthetics and the communicative potential of the medium through screenings, critiques, and exercises. (Formerly COMM 2222). Lab fee.


Instructor: Bordogna, Heidi
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ACUP, AMST, ASAM, DTEM, FIPR, ZLB2

FITV-4570-V21 - Films of Moral Struggle
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Online: MTWTh, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

The course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore ethical aspects of each film's issues, while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the student's appreciation of the film's artistic achievements. (Formerly COMM 4001). Lab fee.


Instructor: Foley, Ashar
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: ACUP, AMST, ASAM, ASRP, BEVL, CELP, COLI, EP4, PJMJ, PJST, REST, VAL

JOUR-3723-V11 - Interviews and Profiles
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Online: TWTh, 09:00AM - 12:00PM

This course includes intensive work in developing and writing profiles accompanied by readings and analysis of the genre. Students will examine various interview strategies and apply those skills in their own projects across several interview and profile projects. In-depth critiques of interviews and profiles will be provided. (Formerly COMM 3081).

CRN: 15826

Instructor: Welby, Julianne
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: CVW, ENGL, JWRI, PPWD

NMDD-3150-V11 - Creative Coding
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Online: TWTh, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

This course will develop programming skills used in the digital humanities, all in the context of critical and cultural media studies. Students will learn basic coding concepts such as variables, loops, graphics, and analyzing sound data, and will connect them to current debates in the culture of coding. No previous coding experience is required.

CRN: 14899

Instructor: Vacca, Ralph
4 credits

Fordham course attributes: DTEM

NMDD-3900-L11 - Internship Seminar
Summer Session I, May 28 - June 27, 2024
Online, Asynchronous

This seminar encourages students to draw connections between their coursework and internship so as to chart paths for future intellectual and professional growth. Students will complete critical reflections, identify objectives for continued learning, and produce a digital design portfolio that documents their internship and/or community-engaged learning experience(s). It is recommended that students take this course at the same time as their internship, or after their internship has been completed.

CRN: 15728

Instructor: Van Cleaf, Kara
4 credits

PMMA-5001-V21 - Public Media Theory and Practice
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Online: MW, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

Graduate course. Serving as a core introductory course for the Public Media MA program, this class examines central topics in the study and practice of media in the public interest. Students consider what is the role of media and communication in promoting (or constraining) positive social change, and what unique roles do journalists and strategic communication professionals play throughout this process? What do we mean, exactly, by concepts such as public media, the public interest, social justice, and civic engagement? How do historical and contemporary power dynamics, information technologies, and economic structures shape the types of stories that dominate the public sphere, and how do resistant voices find ways to disrupt those narratives over time? Course readings and multimedia materials are drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines and professional sectors, while course assignments ask students to grapple with real-world topics, aiming to not only analyze social problems but also identify potential solutions.

CRN: 15052

Instructor: Levinson, Paul
3 credits

PMMA-5106-L21 - Race, Gender, and Digital Media
Summer Session II, July 2 - August 6, 2024
Lincoln Center, Hybrid: TTh, 06:00PM - 09:00PM

Graduate course. This course examines the theory, history, politics, and aesthetics of digital media. We will utilize an intersectional feminist approach to explore race, gender, and broader questions of identity and difference from early computing to social networking. Topics include diversity in the tech industry, virtual communities, and online activism. Ultimately, the class will discuss the role that digital media plays in promoting—or preventing—civic engagement and social change.

CRN: 15824

Instructor: Kulkarni, Kavita
3 credits

Fordham course attributes: CEED, CENS, PMTC, PSIC, URSG

Classes listed as either Lincoln Center or Rose Hill will meet on-campus only.

Classes listed as "Online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during their scheduled meeting times. Students in different time zones should plan accordingly. Session III online courses are asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus at the times indicated; additional online work will also be required.