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Course Announcement | Reality and Documentary Television, Summer 2012

Reality and Documentary Television, a non-GSAS summer course is open to Draperites for enrollment. Interested students should contact Robert at robert.dimit@nyu.edu regarding registration.

SUMMER COURSE (Graduate level)

Reality and Documentary Television

MCC-GE 2147-001; CINE-GT 1603-001

Instructor: Susan Murray

Meets: M/T/W/TH 10-12:45; May 21-June 8, 2012

Since 2000, we have witnessed the proliferation of “reality” genres across all areas of cable and network programming schedules. While there are specific explanations for the rise of the current wave of reality, reality programming is not new to television and has developed out of and in relationship to other non-fiction television forms–specifically game shows, participation programs, magazine news programs and, of course, documentary. This course will survey the history and development of documentary and reality television and its implications for the aesthetics, form, business and culture of television. Students will develop analytical skills needed to understand the aesthetics and culture referenced and created by the documentary tradition and reality-based programming as well as the business and marketing strategies that have been instituted in relationship to it.

Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. She is the co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions (2004, 2008) of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture and the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (2005).

Check Out Draper’s Summer Writing Workshops

Every summer, Draper offers a workshop course called “Preparation for Graduate School: Summer Writing Workshop.” Although this course was originally designed for incoming graduate students, it has also been very useful to some Draper students after completing their first semesters in the program. 
If you’d like to brush up your writing skills this summer, the course will be offered in both summer session one (with Prof. MacPhail) and summer session two (with Prof. Moga). It’s a pass/fail class which can be taken for two credits, or as a non-credit course (there’s a flat fee of $1,000 for the non-credit section; regular tuition applies to the two credit sections). There are no access codes for Draper’s summer courses, so you can just enroll directly on Albert. 
Course descriptions for both Prof. MacPhail and Prof. Moga’s workshops are below. Email Draper (draper.program@nyu.edu) with any questions about the course or summer registration. 
Summer Session One: 5/21 – 6/29

Summer Writing Workshop
Prof. Theresa MacPhail

Mondays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Draper Map Room

Section 001: non-credit 
Section 002: two credits

This course introduces incoming and first-year graduate students to the practice of academic writing. We’ll cover some of the specific forms and styles that graduate students routinely encounter, including: grant proposals and prospectuses, abstracts, book  and literature reviews, critical essays, and research papers. We’ll also seek to demystify the writing process by discussing some of the practical problems that writers face and breaking down the process into manageable tasks at each stage.
Because this course is a practical, hands-on workshop, it will be centered around what you write from week to week, as well as in-class writing activities including peer review, feedback, editing, and discussion. Readings will consist of short articles on particular aspects of writing, and examples of the genres we are working with.
Aside from the writing you produce during the course, you should also have a longer paper that you would like to revise, either something in progress or previously written for another course. It doesn’t have to be a fully polished piece but it should have a recognizable shape with introduction, body and conclusion fleshed out. In case you do not have a suitable paper available, we can make other arrangements.
Summer Session Two: 7/2 – 8/10

Summer Writing Workshop
Prof. Steven Moga

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Draper Map Room

Section 003: non-credit 
Section 004: two credits

This course focuses on academic writing in the form of short essays and research papers. Designed as a workshop, it aims to teach students practical skills for success in graduate school through weekly writing assignments, in-class writing and editing exercises, readings about academic writing, and discussion. Topics include style and tone in academic argument, writing with clarity and sophistication, the use of jargon and technical language, time management and the term paper, and the writing process.

Steinhardt’s Academic Initiatives and Global Programs asked us to circulate the following summer course description to our students.

Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.

Remember that Steinhardt courses are outside of GSAS. Draper students can only transfer a *maximum of eight credits* from outside GSAS to their degrees, so please contact Robert Dimit (robert[dot]dimit@nyu[dot]edu) if you plan to enroll in this summer class.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration

Course # INTE-GE.1545, INTE-GE.2545
Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
5/21/2012 – 6/9/2012
4 points
Graduate students from all schools are welcome to enroll in this course.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to a sampling of recent theoretical and empirical work, in various academic disciplines, dealing with immigration. We will achieve this objective by systemically examining very recent research in comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives with a particular focus on the emerging Inter-American immigrant system. Students will learn about the most recent trends in Latin American, Caribbean, and to a lesser extent Asian migration to the US, and will compare the nature of current immigration scholarship in the United States to developments in other postindustrial settings. An examination of the comparative materials will highlight isomorphic conditions – as well as difference – in immigration debates, policies, processes, and outcomes. This course will be interdisciplinary. We shall examine recent data and theoretical work in a variety of fields
such as economics, education, law, policy, psychology, sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, and sociology.
Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.

Summer Grad Courses in Media, Culture, and Communication

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) in Steinhardt asked us to circulate the following summer course descriptions to our students. If you have questions about the classes, please contact Jillian Sullivan (jillian.sullivan@nyu.edu) in MCC directly.
Remember that courses in MCC are outside of GSAS. Draper students can only transfer a *maximum of eight credits* from outside GSAS to their degrees, so please contact Robert Dimit (robert.dimit@nyu.edu) if you plan to enroll in one of the classes below this summer. 

MCC-GE 2147 Reality and Documentary TV
Professor Susan Murray
May 21 – June 8, 2012
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 10.00 AM – 12.45 PM
Class#: 4395 (4 credits)
This course will survey the historical development and shifting definitions of documentary and reality television. We will explore the ways in which television has understood and utilized non-fiction formats at particular historical moments; trace the formations and deployment of realist aesthetics; explore the ethical obligations/problematics of these forms and their practitioners; examine the implications and meanings of documentary/reality hybrids; and consider the reception of and cultural meanings derived from particular documentary and reality texts and subgenres.
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies

MCC-GE 2166 The Global City and Media Ethnography
Professor Allen Feldman
May 21 – June 8, 2012
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 4.55 PM – 7.40 PM
Class#: 1969 (4 credits)
This courses focuses on the theories and methods of media/sensory ethnography, visual culture, performance studies, through the linked topics of transcultural and trans-local processes, diaspora identities, the post colonial and human rights. The curriculum is aimed at graduate students from diverse disciplines who want to explore creative media practice as a research methodology. Through social historical and trans-cultural ethnographic perspectives practice-led pedagogy promotes a self-reflexive contextual and critical understanding of the use of media for the conduct and dissemination of research and the creation of social knowledge through participatory cultural production.
MA Area of Study: Global and Transcultural Communication; MA Research Course
MCC-GE 2137 Visual Cult/Politics of Memory: Global Perspective
Professor Marita Sturken
Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 4 – June 22, 2012
Class#: 2148 (4 credits)
*Requires Department Consent & Application
This course examines the intersections of visual culture, commemorative politics, social movements, and nationalism in an analysis of the politics of memory in the global context.  We will examine the debates and contestations over memorialization and artistic engagements with the memory of traumatic events in several key sites around the world, including Argentina, the United States, Chile, Germany, and South Africa.  The course will have a particular focus on the politics of memory at work in Argentina over the memory of its “dirty war” from 1976-1983, with visits to particular sites and projects in Buenos Aires in which artists, architects, and activists are engaging with questions of memory and the aftermath of trauma.  It will put these local sites into comparative dialogue with examples of artistic and architectural memorialization in other contexts such as the memorialization of 9/11 in the United States, of the Holocaust in Germany, of Apartheid in South Africa, and of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.
We will examine the key role of visual culture in the politics of remembrance and the relationship of commemorative politics to social movements.  The realization of memory through architecture, design, art, photography, digital media, and museums has been central to the politics of the memory of violence and trauma over the last few decades.  Through explorations of how art, photography, and design have played a key role in shaping cultural memory in these contexts, we will investigate the aesthetics of memory, the role of pedagogy in remembrance, the spatialization of memory, and the deployment of memory through these forms into political action.  The course will draw on the scholarship in visual culture and memory studies to examine the politics of memory from a global perspective.
The course will take place over a three week period in Buenos Aires, meeting regularly at the NYU-Buenos Aires site and with field trips to relevant sites in the city, including the Parque de la Memoria, ESMA (a former military school and site of torture that is now a museum and cultural center), the Plaza de Mayo, and Memoria Abierta, a nonprofit organization that has produced a Topografia de la Memoria through the work of designers and architects. We will take one trip to Rosario, 180 miles away, where the country’s first national Museum of Memory was recently opened and where grassroots memory art is visible in streets throughout the city.
Guest speakers in Buenos Aires will include architects, designers, and activists involved in memorial projects in the city. 
The course will be conducted in English, with additional recommended readings in Spanish for bilingual speakers.

Sample Syllabus

MCC-GE 2383 Topics Global: Censorship/Social Movements and Alternative Media
Professor Brett Gary
June 27 – August 14, 2012
Paris, France
Class#: 4177 (4 credits)
*Requires Department Consent & Application
This course will explore concepts of media censorship, cultural and political anxieties and instability, and social movement media, primarily in the United States and France. It will center on understanding how cultural hegemony is attained, but how established norms are  subverted and challenged through the formation of political and cultural counter-publics and resistance movements.
Examples will be drawn from the past fifty years in France and the US. The course will include walking tours that track the student uprisings in Paris in May ’68, Algerian and Vietnamese contestations of French colonialism, and the neighborhoods of self-exiled African American writers Richard Wright and James Baldwin. Other sites will also be visited, such as the church of Saint Bernard de la Chapelle (a symbolic focus of the contemporary movement for immigrants’ rights), and one of the locations of the altermondialiste (global social justice) movement ATTAC.  For the U.S. we will consider the Berkeley-based Free Speech movement, the civil rights and anti-war movements, and more recently, police management of the anti-war marches in 2003 and suppression of protests at the GOP conventions in 2004 and 2008, and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
While considering mainstream journalistic coverage of resistance movements, along with various forms of censorship in French and US media, we will also explore how resistance movements have developed their own communications strategies involving various media, including print, film, and social media, along with staging sit-ins, protests, marches, strikes, occupations and other techniques of mobilization and communication.   A variety of media formats will be reviewed, from tv, film and print media, to social media.  Please contact jillian.sullivan@nyu.edu for a sample syllabus.  

Elective Options

Happy New Year, Draperites!

The classes detailed below have open spaces for Draper students. Please note that these classes are not cross listed. Interested students can enroll in them via Albert. If you encounter any registration issues or have questions regarding these courses, please contact Amanda at asa4@nyu.edu.

BIOE-GA 2222.001 Cross-listed with PHIL-GA 2222.001 Clinical Ethics
Professor S. Matthew Liao
Spring 2012- M 6:00-8:30 pm

4 points

Physicians and nurses will present for discussion and theoretical analysis the ethical issues that they encounter in their Medical Center work. Topics to be discussed include the ethics of using placebos, conflicts of interest and clinical trials, ethics consultations in health care, pain management and end of life, conscientious objection, giving hope, and doctors as torture consultants. Reading will be drawn from medical and philosophy literature.

BIOE-GA 1008.001 Topics in Bioethics: Research Ethics

Professor Collin O’Neil
Spring 2012-
T 6:45-9:15 pm

4 points

The course will begin by examining the historical scandals that launched the field of research ethics and ask whether the principles and regulations that have emerged in reaction are on the whole appropriate, or whether they are in some cases overly protective of human subjects and unduly burdensome on research. Among the questions that will be addressed: is it permissible to deceive subjects when necessary to obtain valid results; is it permissible to use a placebo control when proven effective care for the condition exists; should we be more liberal about enrolling children, the cognitively impaired, and pregnant women in risky research; are there any reasons to limit payment for participation in risky research; is there an obligation to participate in research? Thinking through these issues will require thinking about the nature of role obligations; the validity conditions for consent; the nature of manipulation, coercion, and wrongful exploitation. The course will also examine whether animals may be used in harmful research, whether certain lines of inquiry, such as into racial differences, should not be pursued at all, whether patents on research discoveries are justifiable, and whether some kinds of regulations on research may be inconsistent with academic freedom or freedom of expression.