Critical pedagogy and syllabi for emerging movements in global digital and media studies.


Courses in Communications


Multimedia news gathering, news writing, visual content, and news judgment for print and online media. Pre: 2024, 2034. (2H,2L,3C)


Multimedia gathering and writing of complex news, features, and documentary; visual content and news judgment for television, print and online media; techniques of broadcast interviewing. Pre: 3154. (2H,3L,3C)


Exploration of communication in various cultural groups through the medium of performance.  Emphasis on understanding cultural differences and similarities in styles of communication, aesthetics, worldviews, and values. (3H,3C)


Distribution of political information; elite-mass communication; alternative models of political communication; communication and telecommunications policy. Pre: PSCI 1014 or PSCI 1024. (3H,3C)


Examines how verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication create, sustain, and challenge the meaning of gender and cultural structures and practices. Junior standing. (3H,3C)


Impact of mass media on individuals and on society; methods for documentation of media effects; research about effects on various demographic groups such as children, elderly, and minorities; effects of advertising; effects of interactive and time shift technologies.  Senior standing required. (3H,3C)


Production of news. Practice of writing news stories, gathering news and visual content, performing for broadcast, and producing content for multiple media platforms. Pre: 3174. (1H,6L,3C)


Study of social media as a professional communication and media tool. Emphasis on foundations in communication theory and contemporary approaches. Pre: 2034. (3H,3C)


Identify recent trends in the innovation of new communications technologies; storage, transmission, and display systems of mediated communication:  optical disc, common carriers, telecommunication-computer linkages, high-definition TV, and virtual reality; information industries and society; markets for new and existing telecommunication services. Junior or senior standing required. Pre: 2084 or 4014. (3H,3C)


Courses in Computer Science

Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction

Survey of human-computer interaction concepts, theory, and practice. Basic components of human-computer interaction. Interdisciplinary underpinnings. Informed and critical evaluation of computer-based technology. User-oriented perspective, rather than system-oriented, with two thrusts: human (cognitive, social) and technological (input/output, interactions styles, devices). Design guidelines, evaluation methods, participatory design, communication between users and system developers. (3H,3C)

Courses in History

Age of Globalization

An examination of historical forces in the late twentieth century, including economic trends, ideological forces, social structures, and political relations, that have shaped patterns of globalization.

Courses in Music

Computer Music and Multimedia Design

This is a two-semester core DISIS course focusing on the Max/MSP/Jitter interactive multimedia software development environment, interfacing with external input devices (e.g. sensors and motes) and other multimedia development platforms (e.g. Blender and/orUnity3D). The course covers real-time interactive multimedia art composition and performance, including algorithmic manipulation of sound, video, and 3D content, as well as the design of hyperinstruments, installations, and virtual interfaces.

Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) 

Introduced in the Fall of 2009 is the World's first Linux laptop orchestra. In part based on the designs of PLOrk and SLOrk (Princeton and Stanford Laptop Orchestra), DISIS Linux Laptop Orchestra aims to maintain maximum compatibility with the two existing ensembles while providing unprcedented cost efficiency and flexibility of the Linux platform. This 15+ member ensemble is open to all VT students and Faculty and allows engagement as a performer (1 ensemble credit) or as a creative researcher/composer (3 lecture/lab credits).

Introduction to Music Technology 

This course is required for all music majors and a prerequisite for most music technology courses. The class covers basics in acoustics, psychoacoustics, notation and recording software, and media and promotional content production. 

Digital Sound Manipulation

Digital sound manipulation plays a huge role in our culture, in domains such as art music, pop music, sound for cinema, theatre, television, video, Web. And today's sound processing software for personal computers is incredibly powerful. Digital Sound Manipulation is designed to help unleash your creative potential for working with sound on computer, whether your focus is on artistic creation, or software design for innovative sound processing.

Courses in STS (Science and Technology in Society)


Development of engineering and its cultural roles in historical and cross-national perspectives. Explores roles of engineers and engineering in popular life, development of national styles, changing values in engineering problem solving, and effects of evolving forms of capitalism. (3H,3C)


Description of the development of technology and engineering in their social contexts. 3715: From prehistory to the industrial revolution in Europe and the United States, mid-19th century. 3716: From mid-19th century to the present. (3H,3C)



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