Sound plays a crucial but understudied role in experiences of media and cultural life. From the mundane sounds of our daily routines (a bus lumbering by, water dripping from a faucet, etc.) to more structured and constructed soundworks (i.e. radio, music, sound for television, film, and games, etc.), sound, or lack thereof, is fundamental to communications media and, more broadly, to our perceptions of the world around us. This class aims to introduce you to the field of sound studies, where you will put what you are learning into practice through audio assignments such as the creation of podcasts and other brief soundworks.