Course Offerings

Below is a list of upcoming, current, and past offerings of IT&S courses. For a list of all courses that may be applied to the emphasis visit the Program Requirements page

Fall 2018

ENGL 238 -  Studies in Media Technology and Information

Professor Alan Liu

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

Thursday 2:00PM - 4:30PM

South Hall 2509

FAMST 241 -  Television and New Media Theory

Professor Cristina Venegas

Explores important theoretical writings concerning electronic and digital media. Course readings define the unique properties of these mediums, consider their ontological status, and discuss how they differ from one another and other cultural forms.

Monday 5:00PM - 7:50PM

SSMS 2013

MAT200B -  Music and Technology

Professor Curtis Roads

Overview of music and technology, including historical aspects. Readings and exercises with a range of music software applications. Basics of Internet audio and evolving media, music production, business, technical, and aesthetic aspects.

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00PM - 5:50PM

Music 2215

COMM 222 -  Organizational Communication

Professor Jennifer Gibbs

Classical/administrative, human relations/resources, systems, interpretive/cultural, and critical approaches to organizational communication. Theory and research on organizational structures and environments; power, authority and influence; communication networks; leadership; decision making; assimilation and socialization; innovation and change; and strategic communication.

Wednesday 9:30AM - 12:20PM

SSMS 4143

ED 210A -  Advances in the Learning Sciences and Education

Professor Richard Duran

Survey of contemporary theoretical approaches and empirical findings in the areas of learning, instruction, cognitive processes, situated cognition, cultural models of education, and innovative applications of information technology.

Monday 9:00AM - 11:50AM

Education 1205

ED 256 -  Technology and Learning Contexts

Professor Danielle Harlow

Critical consideration of research on how technology changes the learning context. Specifically, issues about how technology may be used to facilitate student learning and challenges to integrating technology.

Thursday 9:00AM - 11:50AM

Education 4205

Spring 2018

ED 202F - Literacy in the Information Age

Professor Karen J. Lunsford

Definitions of "literacy" are evolving and expanding as they and new information technologies (especially computers) are co-constructed. This course examines the political, pedagogical, and research consequences implied when traditional definitions of literacy are revised and when new literacies are introduced.

Wednesday  9:00AM - 11:50AM

ED 1205

ESM 282 - Pollution Prevention

Professor Roland Geyer

An alternative to pollution control or remediation is to prevent it in the first place. This can be achieved through increased efficiency, material and technology substitution, and reuse and recycling. This course introduces pollution prevention through theory building and case studies. It also teaches and applies pertinent concepts and tools from industrial ecology.

Tuesday/Thursday  2:00PM - 3:15PM

Bren 1424

INT 200 - Gateway Technology & Society Colloqium

Professor Joe Walther

The interdisciplinary seminar focuses this year on the topic of Fake News: the propagation of knowingly dubious and generally sensationalistic stories via social media that entice readers to select and further disseminate the stories. Sample topics and approaches may include examination of the origins of Fake News stories in forms of journalism and social media, computational underpinnings that facilitate its attraction and re-transmission, technological efforts aimed at its detection and eradication, economic incentives that motivate it, visual and language attributes that encourage readership, social network dynamics that reinforce its spread and the gratifications it serves, political and social impacts it potentially renders, qualities that characterize its relation to deception and credibility, psychological biases that resist its dismissal, legal and ethical dilemmas pertaining to its regulation, and potential effects of communication interventions designed to mitigate its influence. Students will start from a particular disciplinary/topical approach, and individually or collectively develop a literature review, call for research, and a public presentation about their research. The seminar will complement other events and speakers at the Center for Information Technology and Society throughout the year.

Monday  2:00PM - 4:50PM

SSMS 1310 (CITS Office Suite)


Winter 2018

CMPSC 284 - Mobile Computing

Professor Elizabeth Belding

Focuses on mobile computing. Topics may include, but are not limited to: mobile network characteristics, types of mobile networks, challenges and sollutions in mobile computing, and power conservation techniques.

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM-12:50PM

HFH 1132

ESM 263 - Geographic Information Systems

Professor James Frew

Advanced introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) theory and technology, emphasizing spatial analysis and cartographic presentation. Typical algorithms and data structures. Role of GIS in environmental information management. Integration of GIS with other analytical tools.

Monday/Wednesday 12:00PM-1:50PM
Tuesday/Thursday    12:00PM-1:50PM

Bren 3035

FAMST 231 - Media Histories

Professor Jennifer Holt

Comparative analysis of various historical accounts of cinema, television, and digital media that have shaped the field of film and media studies. Emphasis on issues and debates that have dominated efforts to write rigorous, methodologically explicit histories of different media.

Wednesday 6:00PM-8:50PM

SSMS 2107

MAT 200A - Arts and Technology

Professor Marko Peljhan

Overview of the digital media arts field with an emphasis on technological developments and their integration in art research and production. Students are introduced to contemporary and historical directions and methodologies through seminar lectures, research presentation, and a final project.

Friday 10:00AM-2:00PM

ELNGS 2003


Fall 2017

MAT 200B - Music and Technology

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00PM-5:50PM

MUSIC 2215

ED 210A - Advances in Learning Sciences

Monday 9:00AM-11:50AM

ED 1207

ESM 288 - Energy, Technology, and the Environment

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00PM-3:15PM

BREN 1424


Winter 2017

FLMST 267 – Media Industries 

Tuesday 5:00PM-7:00PM

SSMS 2013

MAT 200A – Arts and Technology

Friday 10:00AM-12:00PM

ELNGS 2003

COMM 213 – Mass Media, the Individual, and Society

Wednesday 11:00AM-1:50PM

SSMS 4143

CMPSC 284 – Mobile Computing

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM-12:50PM 

PHELP 3526

ESM263 – Geographic Information System

Tuessday/Thursday 8:30AM-10:20AM Bren 3035

Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM-4:20PM Bren 3035

POLS 267 – Political Communication

Friday 12:30PM-3:20PM

ELLSN 3814

INT 200 Technology & Society Gateway Course: "Algorithms and Culture"*

Algorithms and Culture Thurs 3:00-4:45

Thursday 3:00PM-4:45PM

SSMS 1310

*CS students who take and pass the Winter 2017 course INT 200 "Algorithms and Culture" can count these 2 units as a CS 595 course. This approval only applies to this specific instance of this course and does hence not hold for other INT 200 courses in other quarters.


Spring 2016

INT 200 Technology & Society Gateway Course: "Smart City, Smart Citizens?"

Wednesday 11:00AM-12:50PM

SSMS 1310

ED 221E Analyzing Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Data

Tuesday 1:00PM-2:20PM  

ED 4205

Tuesday 3:00PM-3:50PM

ED 4211

ESM 26 - Geographic Information Systems

Tuesday/Thursday 8:00AM-10:00PM

BREN 3035

Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM-4:00PM

BREN 3035

MAT 200C - Digital Media Technology and Engineering

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00PM-4:00PM

Elings Hall 2810


Winter 2016

ED 202F - Literacy in the Information Age

Wednesday 9:00AM-11:50AM

ED 1203

ENGL 236 - Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory

Thursday 3:00PM-5:30PM

South Hall 2617

FLMST 231 - Media Historiographies

Tuesday 4:00PM-6:30PM

SSMS 2017

FLMST 248 - Digital Media Theory and Practices

Monday 10:00AM-12:50PM/Wednesday 10:00AM-11:00AM

Fall 2015

ED 210A - Advances in the Learning Sciences and Education

Monday 9:00PM-11:50PM

ED 1203

ED 257A - Learning and Teaching with Digital Media for Adult Learners

Wednesday 1:00PM-3:50PM

ED 1203

ESM 288 - Energy, Technology and the Environment

Tuesday/Thursday 10:00PM-11:15PM


MAT 200A - Arts and Technology

Friday 10:00PM-2:00PM

Elings Hall 2810

MAT 200B - Music and Technology

Tuesday/Thursday 3:00PM-5:00PM

MUSIC 2215


Spring 2015

ED 221E - Analyzing Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Data

Tuesday 1:00PM-3:50PM

ED 256 - Technology and Learning Contexts

Wednesday 9:00AM-11:50AM

ESM 263 - Geographic Information Systems

TBD (Contact Professor)

ESM 266 - Remote Sensing

Wednesday/Thursday 12:00PM-2:30PM

FLMST 267 - Media Industries

Wednesday 1:00PM-4:00PM

MAT 200C - Digital Media Technology and Engineering

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00PM-4:00PM


Winter 2014

ED 202F - Literacy in the Information Age

Wednesday 9:00AM-11:50AM

ED 257A - Teaching and Learning with Digital Media

Wednesday 1:00PM-3:50PM

ENG 236 - Studies in Literary Criticism & Theory

Tuesday 5:00PM-7:50PM

FLMST 231 - Media Historiography

Wednesday 10:00AM-12:50PM


Winter 2015

The Technology and Society Gateway Seminar

CMPSC 595 / FMST 595TS / POLS 595 / COMM 595

Tuesday 2:00PM-3:30PM

CITS Conference Room - SSMS 1310

COMM 213 - Mass Media, The Individual, and Society

Wednesday 12:00PM-2:50PM

ED 270A - Classrooms as Cultures

Wednesday 4:00PM-6:50PM

ESM 282 - Industrial Ecology

Monday/Wednesday 1:00PM-2:15PM

FLMST 242S - Surveillance Cultures: Special Topics in Film and Media Theory

Thursday 4:00PM-6:50PM

HIST 201HT - Advanced Historical Literature: History of Technology

Tuesday 4:00PM-6:50PM

POLS 267 - Political Communication

Wednesday 1:00PM-3:50PM


Fall 2014

ED 210A - Advances in the Learning Sciences

Monday 9:00AM-11:50AM

ENGL 236 - Digital Humanities -- Introduction to the Field (Studies in Literary Criticism)

Tuesday 12:30PM-3:00PM

ESM 288 - Energy, Technology, and the Environment

Monday/Wednesday 1:00PM-2:15PM

FLMST 241 - TV and New Media

Monday 10:00AM-12:50PM

GEOG 288KJ - Geospatial Semantic Web and Linked Data

Wednesday 12:30PM-1:45PM

MAT 200A - Arts and Technology

Friday 10:00AM-2:00PM

MAT 200B - Music and Technology

Tuesday/Thursday 3:00PM-5:00PM