Winter 2020 Class Schedule
|MTS 525||Environment and Climate Issues in Media, Technology, and Society||James Schwoch||TBD TBD|
MTS 525 Environment and Climate Issues in Media, Technology, and Society
This Ph. D. seminar investigates environmental and climatological issues in relation to the field of Media, Technology, and Society. The seminar is organized into five themes, with a book and additional readings ( additional readings provided via Canvas) for each theme: Land (Schwoch, Wired Into Nature); Sea (Starosielksi, The Undersea Network); Sky (Jones-Imhotep, The Unreliable Nation); Animals (Benson, Wired Wilderness); and Humans (Latour, Down To Earth.) In addition to readings, discussions, screenings, and in-class presentations, students will conduct research relevant to the themes of the class and their own Ph. D. research trajectories.
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|SOCIOL 406||Contemporary Theory||Wendy Espeland||TBD TBD|
SOCIOL 406 Contemporary Theory
Modernity has become a contested term. This class investigates how various thinkers have conceived of what it means to be “modern" or "post-modern," critiques of modernity that have profoundly shaped our images of it, and skeptics who challenge the idea of modernity. It also includes sections that investigate in detail what I call "mechanisms" of modernity: procedures, devices, approaches or strategies that people adopt or promulgate in their efforts to be rational, manage uncertainty and conflict, or attain efficiency in various institutional arenas.
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