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CAH 2026. Contemporary Culture. 3 Credits.

This course will examine our society's production and reception of various forms of media, including print images and graphic design, TV and cable TV, film and video, computer interfaces and software design, Internet/Web as a visual platform, digital multimedia, and advertising. The course is concerned with helping students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of contemporary culture, in particular the mass media, the techniques used by them, and the impact of this media culture on the visual arts and design. The course will increase students' understanding of how the media works, how it produce meaning, how it are organized, and how it constructs reality. Through readings, screenings and group discussions, the course will provide students with theoretical and practical tools with which to understand and analyze contemporary culture.