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  • Courses in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism survey the history of publishing, starting with the dawn of the mechanical printing press, through today's world of interactive design. Seminar classes cover the “worlds built by words” that first flourished in the Renaissance and continue through the evolution of digital media, including tweets and social networking.

  • Please consult the New School Course Catalog for a full course list. Spring 2022 courses include:

    • Political Reporting and Writing, GPUB 5102
      Natasha Lennard, Part-Time Faculty 

      In this writing-intensive course, students explore a range of current and historic political writing, from political speeches and manifestos to long-form reporting and advocacy journalism, in order to develop an understanding of political writing as a varied set of genres. Some political texts (like Tom Paine's Common Sense and The Communist Manifesto) have arguably changed the world. Some investigative pieces of journalism have had a similar impact (one thinks of how the Washington Post covered the Pentagon Papers, a previously secret history of the war in Vietnam). We take a critical look at media coverage of elections, the White House, and the Beltway but also focus on issues and stories far beyond this, including race and racism, the far right and left, #MeToo and feminism, immigration, the environment, LGBTQ struggles, and more.
    • Writing International Affairs, GPUB 5156
      Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs
      Mastering the written word is essential for any sort of career in international affairs, virtually every job in this field entails deploying this skill. International Affairs spans a wide range of phenomena and regardless of background and training, scholars, practitioners, journalists, and writers of all kinds alike often struggle to articulate analysis, insights, and views of such phenomena through writing. This class both explores types of International Affairs writing—from academic essays to more popularly accessible media modes, such as opinion-editorials—and develops students’ writing voices to speak to various International Affairs audiences. Implicit in this undertaking is to understand language, discourse, context, and knowledge of relevant issues in order to design and deploy the construction of narratives in writing International Affairs. The class sharpens and refines writing, emphasizing clarity, logic, vocabulary, synthesizing, and coherence. Skills include outlining, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. “Writing International Affairs” can be taken as an elective or also as a platform to write a Thesis. 

    • Intellectuals in the Public Square: Engaged Scholarship for the 21st Century, GPUB 5400
      Claire Potter, Professor of History

      As university trained intellectuals, many of us aspire to share our research, analysis, and specialized knowledge with policymakers, activists, and an engaged public. When we do, we follow in a long tradition of scholars who have met the challenges of their time with their work. Social science doctoral programs were founded in the 19th century with the explicit aim, not of producing university professors, but of educating policymakers, journalists, industrial analysts, and other public intellectuals who would use their expert knowledge to help both states and their citizens make sense of a swiftly changing world. That need is no less urgent today. Reaching the public does not presume reducing the rigor of our thinking. But it requires us to unleash our creativity and learn to speak in both the language of the academic researcher, and one that will take us to our desired audience(s). This seminar invites graduate students from all departments at NSSR to think about their research and scholarship expansively and imagine ways of taking their ideas outside the university to influence public debate. Students will learn how to create compelling narratives from their research that speak to contemporary problems and a variety of audiences: community groups, young people, activists and non-specialist general audience readers. We will practice writing opinion and magazine pieces. But we will also explore alternative media that can convey a sophisticated narrative while capturing the audience you want to reach. 

    • Sin and Evil in Western Literature, GPUB 5529
      Melissa Monroe, Part-Time Assistant Professor

      The problem of evil is central to any examination of the human situation. Philosophers and social scientists have taken various stances on this problem, as have different religious traditions. Some hold that people are essentially good, succumbing to evil only as a result of temptation or social pressure. Others maintain that we are fallen creatures who must constantly struggle to overcome our base impulses. Still others view human nature as essentially divided, a battleground between good and evil. Many recent thinkers would argue that all these viewpoints are meaningless, that the terms good and evil have no objective validity, referring only to socially constructed beliefs that vary enormously over time and space. In this course, we read texts from the Western tradition that approach evil from various perspectives, both religious and secular. Major themes explored include Satan and other personifications of evil, knowledge as temptation, transgression as heroic rebellion, the figure of the Doppelgänger, and the allure of decadence. Our main focus will be how these themes are addressed in works of literature, but we also read selections from nonliterary authors whose views will inform our discussion of the literary texts. Among the authors we read are Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Calvin, Goethe, Milton, Hawthorne, James Hogg, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Baudelaire, Flannery O’Connor, Mikhail Bulgakov, Hannah Arendt, Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo, Kazuo Ishiguro, and José Saramago.

    • Multimedia Publishing, Production, and Writing Lab: Advanced, GPUB 6002
      Jon Baskin, Instructor and Associate Director, Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism

      In this hands-on seminar, students collaborate on an original publication. Early in the course, students apply for roles in the creation of a new magazine with a theme and design concept that the class members choose together. Each student focuses on editorial, marketing, design, or production, although there will be opportunities for them to take on more than one role. Basic design skills (familiarity with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) are required, and priority is given to students in CPCJ who have completed the introductory course. Students improve their ability to write, work with a team in a publishing environment, and learn about emerging phenomena in creative publishing, establishing themselves as strong entry-level candidates for a variety of careers in contemporary media. The end goal of the class is to produce a magazine and a website with a focus on the landscape of creative publishing in New York. In the process, we simulate the atmosphere of a working magazine, with writers, editors, and design teams working in collaboration. Students are given individual tasks and are expected to meet with their classmates, both during class time and outside of class, to complete the collaborative aspects of the process. Professors oversee the project and help with skill acquisition on a case-by-case basis, including knowledge of the Adobe Suite, HTML, CSS, WordPress, printing techniques, and editorial protocol. There is an emphasis on practical professional development by the course’s professors, helping students learn how to interface effectively with professionals as applicants or employees in journalism and publishing beyond the confines of the classroom. Each student emerges from the course with a portfolio-building example of their work, having learned how to connect with a public readership through promotional efforts and events. The lab takes full advantage of New School resources, including the Parsons Design Lab as well as The New School’s location in New York City. This course is open to BA/MA students and other students university-wide, but permission is required; email the instructors, Jesse Seegers and Jon Baskin. Note that this course can be taken for three or six credits, depending on the time commitment and responsibility that students are willing to assume. If you take the class for six credits, be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outside of class working on the project and to take responsibility for communication and coordination with your classmates. If you intend to take this class for six credits, make sure you have time in your schedule; as with any magazine, demands increase as deadlines approach.

    • Master's Seminar in Critical and Creative Writing, GPUB 6301
      Melissa Monroe, Part-time Assistant Professor

      An intensive workshop for students working on major writing projects such as an MA thesis, a piece of long-form journalism, or an integrated writing portfolio for professional use. The course is organized as an ongoing process of peer review supervised by the faculty. The aim is to create a collective setting that can help students improve their own writing and hone their critical skills though constructive engagement with others’ work. This course is open to BA/MA students; please email the instructor for permission to register.

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