Syllabus

Full syllabus PDF available here: WAM syllabus spr13

 

Week One: Introduction

Tuesday, January 14 Read for today: Norman, The Design of Everyday Things, Ch. 1
  In class: Media and affordances

  • What are affordances?
  • What is a medium/are media?
  • Blog tutorial.
  Homework: Read articles on GIFs. As your first blog post, tell your best funny story—the one that makes you a hit as parties—incorporating at least four GIFs into the telling.
Thursday, January 16 Read for today: Elkins, “Preface”
  In class: Close reading and meaning-making

  • Blog post sharing
  • Elkins discussion
  • Conduct close readings of familiar objects

 

  Homework: Close reading of an object (see blog)

 

Week Two: Aptness and Sound Engineering

Tuesday, January 22 Read for today: Wysocki, “The Multiple Media of Texts”

Drucker, “Language in the Landscape”

  In class: Aptness of design

  • Blog sharing
  • Reading discussion
  • Genres of text writing and their codified designs
  • Transparency and hypermediacy
  • Typography activity
  Homework: Typography activity, part two (see blog)
Thursday, January 24 Read for today: Shipka, “Sound Engineering”

Excerpts from “This American Life”

  In class: Sound design

  • Reading discussion
  • Conduct close readings together: listen to podcasts and discuss in what ways they are soundly engineered.
  • Introduce sound essay assignment
  Homework: Podcast analysis (see blog)

 

Week Three: Rhetorical Sound

Tuesday. January 29 Read for today: McKee
  In class:
  • Garageband tutorial
  • Reading discussion
  • Soundscapes
  • Blog sharing
  Homework: Garageband test run (see blog)
Thursday, January 31 Read for today:
  In class: Workshop day

  • Blog post sharing.
  • Workshop sound essay proposals (bring  four printed copies!)
  • Rationale expectations
  Homework:

 

Week Four: Sound Essay Presentations

Tuesday, February 5 Read for today:
  In class: Sound essay presentations
  Homework:
Thursday, February 7 Read for today:
  In class: Sound essay presentations
  Homework: Final draft sound essays and rationales due Friday night at midnight

 

Week Five: Spatial Rhetorics I

Tuesday, February 12 Read for today: TBD (paper copies distributed in class)
  In class: Spatial rhetorics

  • How are spaces rhetorically designed?
  • How does graffiti disrupt or hack space for other rhetorical purposes?
  • Introduce graffiti project
  Homework:
Thursday,

February 14

Read for today: Watch Exit Through the Gift Shop
  In class: Banksy graffiti analysis

Graffiti idea workshop

  Homework: Graffiti analysis

 

Week Six: Spatial Rhetorics II

Tuesday, February 19 Read for today:
  In class:
  • Blog sharing
  • Space hacking – wear warm clothes!
  Homework:
Thursday, February 21 Read for today:
  In class: Graffiti presentations
  Homework: Final graffiti and rationales due Friday at midnight
 

Week Seven: Image and Sequence I (Comics)

Tuesday, February 26 Read for today: McCloud chapter on space
  In class:
  • Reading discussion
  • Kuleshov effect
  • Spatial sequence activity
  Homework:
Thursday, February 28 Read for today: McCloud on images
  In class:
  • Reading discussion
  • Activity: Comic analysis
  Homework:

 

Week Eight: Image and Sequence II (Photography)

Tuesday,

March 5

Read for today: Berger videos (see blog)
  In class: Rhetorical sequence

  • Juxtaposition
  • Sequential order
  • Accumulation
  • Argumentation

 

  Homework: “Photoessay” slideshow (see blog)
Thursday,

March 7

Read for today: TBD
  In class: Visual evidence and mechanization

  • Slide show presentation
  • The photograph as truth-teller
  Homework:
 

Week Nine: I won’t be here, but I will arrange for someone to come in on Tuesday so you can have a workshop day. Class Thursday will be cancelled.

 

 

 

SPRING BREAK

 

 

                                         

                                          Week Ten: Moving Images

Tuesday,

March 26

Read for today: Hampe, Visual Evidence
  In class:
  • Reading discussion
  • Close reading activity
  • Documentary evidence
  • Introduce video project
  Homework: Video analysis (see blog)
Thursday,

March 28

Read for today:
  In class: Intro to film in 75 minutes!
  Homework:
 

Week Eleven: Authoring and Authorship

Tuesday,

April 2

Read for today:
  In class:
  • YouTube as medium
  • Video workshop
  Homework:
Thursday,

April 4

Read for today: Ede + Lunsford

 

  In class: Authorship

  • Everything’s a remix
  • Fair use/capitalistic concerns
  Homework:
 

Week Twelve: Bringing It All Together

Tuesday,

April 9

Read for today:
  In class: Video presentations
  Homework:
Thursday,

April 11

Read for today: Bolter + Grusin, “Remediation”
  In class:
  • Reading discussion
  • Introduce Final Project
  Homework:  
 

Week Thirteen

Tuesday,

April 16

Read for today:  
  In class:  
  Homework:  
Thursday,

April 18

Read for today:  
  In class:  
  Homework:  
 

Week Fourteen

Tuesday, April 23 Read for today:  
  In class:  
  Homework:  
     
Thursday, April 25 Read for today:  
  In class: FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
  Homework:  
 

Week Fifteen

Tuesday, April 30 Read for today:  
  In class: FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
  Homework: Final projects and rationales due Friday at midnight.

 

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