courses i've previously instructed
between 2013 and 2015, i delivered a lower-division undergraduate course titled introduction to electroacoustic communication in simon fraser university's school of communication. the course develops a series of sound-based histories across a range of media formats, and it offers a hands-on introduction to the techniques of field recording, interviewing, editing, and multi-tracking. through a series of individual and collaborative assignments, students develop critical media literacy skills while producing both written work and audio media projects such as oral histories, audio documentaries, and podcasts among others.
from 2015-2018, i delivered an upper-division course titled the cultural production of popular music in simon fraser university's school of communication. the course surveys the economic, technological, and cultural practices that comprise the music industry, while advancing a wide range of theoretical perspectives through which to critically evaluate the production and consumption of popular music. through guided discussion, classroom presentations by industry professionals and working musicians, and a series of assignments that require direct engagement with both live and recorded musical production, the course challenges students to (re)consider some of the many assumptions that frame their own personal listening experiences.
courses i'm presently instructing
i am presently instructing an upper-division course titled evaluation methods for applied communication research. the course introduces quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research paradigms, and surveys a host of techniques situated within each. students put these approaches into motion in the context of their own group projects, critically engaging topics such as online political activism, the representation of ethnic minorities in news media, and the idea of musical nationalism among others. the course culminates in a conference-style presentation where student groups have the opportunity to elaborate their ideas in front of their peers.
courses i'm eager to instruct
sound, space, and the city is an upper level undergraduate course that explores the role of sound and listening in the context of the city. borrowing from theoretical models developed in urban studies, cultural geography, and sound studies, the course engages such questions as: what role do audio media technologies play in the everyday experience of the city? how are cities represented in modern media, and what is the role of sound in constructing such narratives? and how is political resistance articulated by way of sound and listening? using a series of experiential learning exercises, we will combine hands-on methods with theory to encourage students to critically evaluate the sounds of the environments they inhabit.