Fall 2019 - IAT 206W D100

Media Across Cultures (3)

Class Number: 6301

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 5140, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 21 units.



Introduces a discursive framework for media, design and cultural interfaces enabling students to interpret, negotiate, and engage with new media with an awareness of the significance of cultural and contextual difference. Assessment is based on written and project work. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This course introduces undergraduate SIAT students to foundational literature reflecting on interdisciplinary approaches to science, technology, and culture. It builds from theoretical and historical references in science and technology studies, media studies, and broader societal implications of technologies. The course will enable students to interpret and engage contemporary media, art, and design with an awareness of the significance of the cultural, political and social difference. The course will be a reading-writing intensive combination of lectures and workshops that will provide students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as a foundation for future research in media and design practices.  

Note: This is a writing-intensive course, which means that academic reading and writing will be foregrounded as part of the learning process.


This course aims to help students to:

- Develop critical reading skills across media (text, films, design, art)
- Analyze and synthesize key theoretical and historical debates on interdisciplinary approaches to art, science, technology, and design.
- Apply these approaches to your writing practice.


  • Quizzes and Activities 20%
  • Term Paper Proposal 10%
  • Term Paper Drafts 20%
  • Final Term Paper 20%
  • Mid Term 25%


This is a draft version of the grading and assignment breakdown.  A final version will be provided at the beginning of the course.



Highlighters, pens and pencils.

1. “Science, technology, and society: a sociological approach” by  Wenda K. Bauchspies, Jennifer Croissant, and Sal Restivo. (Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub. 2006 )
2. "They say, I say"  by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (New York: Norton, 2017)

3. “Keywords for media studies,” edited by Laurie Ouellette and Jonathan Gray (New York: New York University Press 2017) Online Book Available through SFU Library


Bauchspies, Croissant, Restivo, Croissant, Jennifer, & Restivo, Sal P. (2006). Science, technology, and society : A sociological approach / Wenda K. Bauchspies, Jennifer Croissant, and Sal Restivo.
ISBN: 0631232095 978063123

“Keywords for media studies,” edited by Laurie Ouellette and Jonathan Gray.  (New York: New York University Press 2017) Online Book Available through SFU Library

Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2017). "They say / I say" : The moves that matter in academic writing / Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, both of the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Third edition / 2016 MLA update. ed.).
ISBN: 9780393617436

Registrar Notes:

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