Emerging Media Studies

  • COM EM 500: Introduction to Emerging Media
    Drawing on social scientific research and relevant industry examples this course examines topics related to emerging media and new communication technologies. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic, and psychological, the course examines underlying dimensions and affordances of "emerging media" and, in turn, the psychological effects and social consequences of these technologies. Applications of theory to a variety of topics and social issues will be discussed. 2nd Semester. 4 Credits.
  • COM EM 544: Social Consequences of Emerging Media
    This course examines the social impact of new media. Theories from both quantitative and qualitative research will be used to explore: The role of new media technologies on a number of social entities, including interactions, networking, identities, capital and resources; Effects of new media on civic and political participation; societal implications of the persuasive role of new media in a variety of contexts (entertainment, health, advertising, etc.)
  • COM EM 737: The MArketplace v. Regulation: Emerging Media and Communication Policy
    Social media and other forms of data creation and manipulation are posing profound challenges to traditional legislative and regulatory arrangements. Issues ranging from privacy to equal access, from spectrum allocation to market concentration and from intellectual property to secrecy have become quite contentious due to power of digital technologies. Innovative services can collect data in ways that can have poorly understood ramifications. This course surveys the laws and regulations that apply to emerging media and probes the major policy issues in detail with a particular emphasis on the situation in the U.S.
  • COM EM 747: Trending Insights: Social Data Analysis and Visualization
    This course familiarizes students with social -scientific methods for large scale data analysis and visualization, including the application of relevant user and concept networks, time and spatial models, sentiment mapping, and comparison of matrices. In addition, the use of germane software in emerging and digital media research is developed. Most importantly, however, this course has a dual structure where students learn to not only carry our advanced analyses of large datasets, they also engage with how to visually represent with a wide-ranging skillset to scrape data, mine data, and present data in fields of specific areas of inquiry.
  • COM EM 757: User-Producers 2.0: Developing Interactivity
    The shift in medial production toward dynamic user-production is harnessed in this class. Students will evaluate and critique prevailing practices in co-creative media output as well as become proficient in developing online media with cutting edge and open source software tools. Technical aspects of this class include HTML5, CSS, and Java Script, as well as audience interfaces and analytics.
  • COM EM 761: Emergin Media Special Topics
    Selected issues in mobile communication and social media. This course investigates a series of emerging issues concerning the communication aspects of mobile and social media technology. Lectures by the instructor will be supplemented by guest commentaries and discussion, field trips and the presentation by students of their semester-long research projects. There will be extensive weekly reading assignments, weekly reaction papers and a term paper. The term paper is to be based on original inquiry and data collection. Among the topics covered during the semester are public participation in governmental policy via social media, the reception of new technology such as Google Glass, personal privacy effects of big data, prospects for citizen journalism, and the effects of mobile communication on social interaction. By the end of the semester, the student should have a firm grasp of selected issues concerning mobile and social media from both a policy and behavioral perspective. Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Students interested in taking this course should contact Prof. Katz via email and include a brief summarized their background and explain their interest in the topic.
  • 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 793: Psychology of Emerging Media
    This course examines the psychological aspects of emerging media. Theories and empirical research from communication, psychology, and human-computer studies will be used to explore: psychological responses to new media technologies; uses and effects of technological features, such as agency, navigability, and modality, on users' thoughts, emotions, and behaviors; the nature and dynamic of interpersonal and group interaction when mediated by new media technologies; cognitive and emotional processing of new media; issues of source, self, and privacy altered by new media.
  • COM EM 797: Connecting Humans: Networks, History and Social Media
    This course offers a critical survey of the cultural, social, and political impacts of emerging communication technologies, as those have advanced over time to contemporarily include online, mobile and social media. Special attention will be paid to networks and their relationship to the ways individuals, groups and organizations communicate within society. Our work here situates the changing nature of networks in media from broadcast network models to social network ones. As such, it is both historically informed and theoretically inclusive. An important component of study also incorporates an immersive social network experiences as part of this class, which is to say that the class becomes its own online social network and students are peer collaborators.
  • 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.