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Summer 2012 MEDIA STUDIES MDSA01 Introduction to Media Studies How do I study for this course? When studying for a course like MDSA01 it is easiest to prioritize studying and approach the material strategically in order to handle the large amount of information presented to you. Course material is presented in two major forms: through the lecture material and through the textbook. Think of everything that is said in the lectures as a ‘must know’ and begin your studying there as you can expect to see this material appear on all midterms and final exams. Information in the textbook that is given lengthy treatment is material you ‘should know’, but don’t try to remember every word that is written in the text. Focus your study efforts on those concepts that are given the most emphasis, and especially those ideas that are raised in class and more fully developed by examples in the text. Any other smaller pieces of information (information that is not emphasized or expanded on) will be ‘nice to know’ and may help you fill in any gaps in your knowledge. Only worry about that information when you have a firm grasp of all the other information that has been presented to you. Format of the final exam will include: multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer. The final exam is NOT cumulative, hence chapters 1 through 6 are NOT on the final exam. Some helpful study hints: - Remember to give yourself plenty of time to study the material so you are not cramming at the last minute (this method will not allow you to properly retain and understand the information) and allow time for breaks from the material while you are studying. Your brain can only process so much information at one time! - Read actively – ask yourself questions to ensure that you comprehend the information and are not simply reading the words on the page. - Take notes actively – put things in your own words when jotting notes from the text - Sleep! You will feel and perform better if you get adequate sleep leading up to any major exam. When looking at the material from the chapters of the text, these are some major terms / concepts you should be able to define and explain. These are placed at the very start of each chapter. Start with the chapter summaries, and frame study questions from there. Please note that the following study guide is meant as a study aid, to ensure that the basics are included in your comprehension. It covers a “foundation” of understanding. It does NOT mean, however, that a point not contained in the outline below will never appear on the test; that indeed may happen. But if you know the outline of contents below, along with the terms at the start of each chapter, along with the content of the lectures, you will be abundantly well prepared for the final exam. 7. Psychoanalytic Analysis 9. Queer Analysis Sigmund Freud Queer The Pleasure Principle Homophobia Libido Sexuality The Reality Principle Performativity Repression
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