Comparative Media Studies Workshop OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Media Studies Workshop

Published Jan 07, 2009

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Literature, film, drama, computer science and visual arts begin to coalesce into the interdisciplinary field of comparative media studies in the introductory Comparative Media Studies Workshop offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This free OpenCourseWare workshop lays a practical foundation for master's degree-level studies, for students with backgrounds in one or more of the component disciplines.

Comparative Media Studies Workshop (CMS 950): Course Specifics

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Comparative Media Studies Workshop (CMS 950): Course Details

'Comparative Media Studies Workshop' is a practical course to augment theoretical learning in media analysis. Concrete application of literary theory, art history and visual art theory to such novel contexts as Web sites and video games is explored through hands-on and collaborative learning. As taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the workshop gives incoming graduate students a practical basis for further theoretical studies in the master's degree program in Comparative Media Studies. The workshop revolves around student collaboration on projects and bridging theoretical learning and hands-on application. While the opencourse version of the class lacks the hands-on components of MIT's media facilities and classroom discussion, which are central to the workshop experience, the readings and course materials as presented by Professor Edward Barrett provide the OpenCourseWare student with a road map for acquiring the necessary skills outside of the university facilities. Readings accompanying the workshop introduce key concepts in media studies, literary analysis and film theory, with a focus on the emergence of new media in the digital age. Some course materials recommended for 'Comparative Media Studies Workshop' are associated with other opencourses and explore such vital issues as intellectual property and copyright.

This workshop opencourse includes readings. Those wishing to take this course should visit the Comparative Media Studies page.

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