This course provides students a critical background in media studies. This semester focuses on a particular moment in the intersection of critical philosophy, avantgarde art and political action, the Situationist International, and work that derives from, reacts against, or ‘détourns” it. Students work through a selection of texts and media work in chronological order, from the critique of urbanism to the theory of the society of the spectacle, from the practice of the derive to detournément, and then the take-up and reaction against these theories and practices. Nearly all readings are available online. The instructor sometimes directs students toward a website and encourages them to poke around and get to know the body of work of an artist or group.