Media History and Theory: Mediated Mind

Course Number: ENGL 147MM
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or 50 or 109AA-ZZ or English 10 or upper-division standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 147AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor:
Day(s): MW
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: SH 1430
Description:

Letter grade only. May be repeated for credit provided the letter designations are different. Maximum allowable units are 12, of which 8 can be applied to the major.
This course is an introduction to the relationship between language, thought and interaction, and the media/technologies across which these experiences take place. Course readings will address these topics from a variety of perspectives, including work in cognitive science, developmental psychology, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, and behavioral economics.

We will learn about the following:

- Writing and new media as "external memory stores"
- Interactivity as a crucial element of human cognition and behavior
- The origins of symbol use in evolution and development
- Media and misunderstanding
- How particular social groups construct objects and ways of knowing that define their professional worlds through systematic interactive practices and specialized artifacts
- The collaborative construction of meaning in different discourse environments