Media Life: Open University Course in Amsterdam

In the Fall of 2014 The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies hosts my Media Life course. The course is open to students from any level (Bachelor, Master, PhD) and is free for students and faculty/staff registered or working at all Dutch universities.

Beyond this, the course is also open to the public! The University of Amsterdam charges 70 Euros per study point (ECTS), and the course is ranked at six points (total cost: 420 Euros). As I have tooled the course to be of particular interest to media and communication professionals who want some new inspiration for engaging with digital culture, I am really hopeful folks working in the media - journalists, film and television makers and producers, game developers, advertising creatives, spokespeople (for companies, government agencies, and NGOs), marketing communicators, public relations officers and any other makers, producers and communicators to sign up!

Information on the course (including how to sign up and register) can be found on the site of the IIS. Class sessions are once a week on Wednesday evening in a comfortable venue close to Amsterdam Amstel station, easily accessible from anywhere. Language: English. For reading we will use my Media Life book (Polity Press, 2012).

More info and updates can be found on the course Facebook page and official Twitter channel. The content of the course is best represented by this awesome movie trailer designed and produced by Austin Guevara:

Media Life - Official Trailer [HD] from Austin Guevara on Vimeo.

Let me be clear: this is not a course rehashing the tired debate between public and private life online, about whether online video games are good or bad for your kids, or what is wrong with Facebook's privacy policies... This is a course intended to break through those debates, expose the assumptions, values and idea(l)s behind them, moving forward to discuss not what is or what should be, but what we can do and what can be done.

Finally: please share, forward, and recommend this course to your friends, colleagues, and family - the more the merrier! I promise it will be quite a ride...