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Media and the Anthropocene

Many scientists and researchers across the globe now agree that the Anthropocene—the word proposed to describe a new geological epoch defined by the earth-shaping consequences of human activity—has arrived. This course explores the media landscape of the Anthropocene, focusing on various ways in which filmmakers, podcasters, and other digital storytellers are attempting to make sense of the challenges we humans face during this moment of profound geological and ecological change. In addition to examining the work of others, students are required to produce their own digital media projects, using a variety of audio, video, and web-based production tools.

Course Number

MDST 350 B1

Course Number (Cross Listing 1)

JOUR 350 B1

Course Number (Cross Listing 2)

ENVS 260 B1


Bookman, Joseph D.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online course meetings twice a week; students must attend at the assigned course time, though classes will sometimes be split into two or more groups and may meet on different day of the week. There will also be occasional one-on-one meetings with the professor. Asynchronous activities will include readings and screenings as well as writing and media production assignments. Students may occasionally meet in small groups that they schedule themselves.

Time Slot

Mid Morning



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