Courses

  • COM EM 777: Masters Collaboratory Project
    This year long course introduces students to the theories, method and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences. It aims to do this through reading, practical applications and in-class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to work with local organization (the "project sponsor") in the Boston area to design and implement a research project. Throughout the process, students will work closely with their peers, the sponsor and the course instructors to develop the project and to evaluate work in progress.
  • COM EM 797: Netwrk,History
  • COM EM 808: Pedagogy of Instruction
    Designed to develop and refine teaching skills among graduate students. course entails reflexive consideration of teaching practices and praxis.
  • COM EM 831: Critical Studies, History and Philosophy of Emerging Media
    This course develops a high level of sophistication for students in the emerging media studies field concerning critical studies of emerging media as well as philosophical perspectives on emerging media. It aims to do this through readings, in-class discussions and analytical writing assignments. Through group discussion and classroom lecturers and analysis, students will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between critical approaches and philosophical and historical studies of emerging media. The merits and limitations of different methodological approaches and intellectual approaches are probed.
  • COM EM 847: Time, Place & Social Data: Advanced Issues in Large Scale Analysis & Visualization
    This course provides a specialized emphasis on data processing and predictive modeling through time series and panel regression modeling. In doing so, it trains students in advanced social-scientific methods for large-scale data analysis and visualization. This course also incorporates approaches that integrate the analysis and graphing of social data and corresponding networks using both time and spatial models.
  • COM EM 855: Computer-Assisted Text Analysis
    Given the large volume of text data available in different social media sites, computer-assisted analysis became extremely important field of media and communication, be it industry or academia. This course introduces students several advanced approaches of computer-assisted text analysis, including semantic network analysis, sentiment analysis, topic modeling and text visualization. The objective of this course is to teach students to apply these methods to test/advance./ develop theories or to solve real world problems. The the focus of this course is on media and communication, students can apply the knowledge and skills acquired to any social science research that deals with text-based data.
  • COM EM 861: Special Topics
    Special Topics for Emerging Media PhD program
  • COM EM 866: Mobile Communication in Contemporary Perspectives
    This course develops a high level of sophistication for students in the emerging media studies field in terms of the theories, practices and praxis of mobile communication. It aims to do this through readings, in the field research, individual experiments with practical applications and in class discussion.
  • COM EM 877: Policy & Politics in Emerging Media Environments
    This course focuses on government-media relations with a focus on the new frontier of media, and as such it largely examines the role of media in politics, policy formation and political campaigns. This is a seminar that attempts to acquaint you with studies of the relationship between politicians and journalists and other media professionals, the nature of news media coverage of politics and the effects of news coverage on the public and policy, with consideration given to a variety or national contexts and media environments.
  • COM EM 888: Doctoral Collaboratory Project
    This year long course develops a higher level of sophistication for students in the emerging media studies field in terms of the theories,methods and conventions of applied research in communication and the social sciences.
  • COM EM 889: Advanced Issues in Emerging Media Content Production
    The object of this course is to provide students with substantial theoretical training understand and interpret the emerging media creation and co-creation activities. We will explore and discuss a range of contemporary theories and concepts, which cut across economical, sociological, cultural and psychological dimensions of analysis. Special attention will be paid to how collaboration takes part in content creation practices. Students are also encouraged to take a step forward developing their own concepts, models and theories to explain the emerging communication phenomena. The enduring theme of this course is to examine how new communication technologies affect the ways people create media content, and how that process changes our lives at the individual, institutional, and societal level.
  • COM EM 901: Ind Study
  • COM EM 902: Directed Study Emerging Media
    Directed Study for Emerging Study PhD's.
  • COM EM 993: Thesis Research
    Thesis research for PhD program
  • COM FT 201: Screen Language: The Aesthetics, Grammar and Rhetoric of the Moving Image
    This course is designed to help students communicate through audio, still images and moving pictures. We will study how films and photographs of various kinds communicate ideas, tell stories, and convey artistic expression. Students will then be given many opportunities to demonstrate their own grasp of fundaments of communication and storytelling through images, sounds and montage. The aim of this course is not simply to reinforce existing rules but rather to test the validity of those norms. Accordingly, students will be asked both to employ and to violate conventions.
  • COM FT 250: Understanding Film
    Understanding Film will introduce students to key aesthetic aspects of film. Students will explore a range of styles and genres in film, including narrative and non-fiction forms, and dominant and alternative styles. Students will also study a variety of historical examples of theses different styles that illustrate the expressive possibilities of image and sound. Finally, students will learn to analyze and write about these formal elements, viewing both complete films and individual sequences.
  • COM FT 303: Understanding Television
    In this course we will examine the ways in which industrial factors and communication policies have shaped the medium that sits in 99% of U.S. homes. We will begin by examining television's roots in radio. The remainder of the course will be broken down into three stages of television history advanced by Rogers, Epstein and Reeves (2002). The first category is TVI- the period of three-network dominance. The next stage, TVII, is characterized by the rise of cable television and the decentering of the three networks. We will conclude the course by considering the current stage of television- TV III- in which the era of "on demand" has further destabilized traditional notions of content, audiences, producers, scheduling and technologies. In addition to tracing this development historically and thematically, we will confront it critically, analyzing the connections between power and money in the medium of television.
  • COM FT 304: Film Industry
    A survey of current business trends in the motion picture industry. Focuses on script development; studio structure; agents, attorneys, and contracts; independent filmmaking; and distribution.
  • COM FT 310: Storytelling for Film & Television
    Required of all undergraduate students in Film & Television. An introduction to the art and craft of storytelling through the moving image. Particular emphasis will be given to writing short scripts. Topics covered include character development and narrative structure as it applies to shorts, features and episodic television.
  • COM FT 325: Crtve Tv Produc
    This course description is currently under construction.