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Mike Westwood
Noodle Expert Member

February 18, 2020

This article chronicles a course I took at Curry College and how I worked through the challenging assignments. It is told solely through my perspective.

In my senior year at Curry College, I chose to take a course that counted as an elective towards my graduation credits called Media, Culture and Society. As a word of advice for any student at Curry that chooses to take this course, it is a fun course while being very very difficult at the same time. I ended up passing the course with a C, so I was able to persevere. As long as the student pays close attention in class sessions and is able to communicate effectively, the course can be engaging.

From my recollection, Media, Culture and Society did not have any quizzes, tests or exams. The final assignment was a presentation, which is common in a college course. There were many papers, five to be exact. The class I was a part of would watch movies and TV shows throughout the semester and write essays on the programs called, "Media Culture Critiques." The students could pick two of these papers to write and opt to skip one.

Since the theme of the course discussed how the media shapes our culture and, subsequently, society, the papers were designed to analyze how the movies and TV shows the students watched depicted how our culture is presented in the entertainment industry. Throughout the course's duration, we watched the pilot episode of an HBO series called "Hung," another HBO program called "Girls," a movie called "The Purge: Anarchy," the classic 1990's film, "Do The Right Thing," and an intense documentary about the Iraq War called "Control Room." I wrote "Media Culture Critiques" on "Hung" and "Control Room," which I earned acceptable grades for, let's put it that way.

I say acceptable grades because the grades were C-, from what I remember. I struggled with the ideas I wanted to discuss in the paper through my own words, coupled with the outside research I was supposed to conduct. The end result was two well-written papers; however, the ideas I presented were a combination of outside research and my own words. The feedback I received was partially confusion and questioning of my logic. It was a learning experience for sure - the feedback was not necessarily insulting or derogatory, it was challenging my word choice and rationale.

The presentation that counted as the final exam was a PowerPoint presentation and I earned a C on that assignment too. I spent an entire night completing that presentation without getting any sleep. It was not a healthy choice, but it was completely necessary in that scenario. I also had to write a portfolio of my previous "Media Culture Critiques" and reflect on my own work. That, combined with the PowerPoint presentation, was a night of writing I will never forget. Even though it was a difficult course, I learned a lot about presenting ideas in a paper that a reader will understand.

Overall, I will remember Media, Culture and Society as a course that taught me new concepts in both writing and presenting assignments. I am a college graduate as of 2017; however, I will take those lessons with me into a job someday. After all, college is designed to prepare students for the working world and this course sure did that. I viewed some intriguing programs and made some friends in the class too. I would recommend Media, Culture and Society only to students looking for an academic challenge.