Media in Social Context: Identities, Critique, and Creativity
Summer Session II [please note: not currently offered]
Instructor: Sigrid Davison
Students will learn about and critically reflect on their social identities, lived experiences, and participation in varied social contexts including school and other settings. Utilizing a sociocultural framework and social psychological concepts, students will study society through a lens of self, groups, and institutions. They will learn how to engage in a critique of the ways that media culture produces or sustains inequality.
Some of the goals of the course include: (1) understanding social identities and the role of social structures; (2) developing critical reading and writing skills; (3) integrating multiple experiences, ideas and perspectives; (4) working collaboratively; and (5) learning from and with faculty and academic staff of color presenting their work and other relevant activities to students.
The course is organized around social identities, media, and sociopolitical contexts, and includes academic and culturally contemporary readings, experiential learning activities, a group project, and writing weekly critical reflection papers. Students will reflect on and analyze their experiential contexts, connect these contexts to relevant group and participatory activities, and learn about the ways sociopolitical and educational issues affect them.
Students will learn to reference work through APA (American Psychological Association) style. They will also be required to be informed and prepared participants in the classroom by attending class, completing reading and writing assignment by the beginning of the week, and doing short presentations on their activities. They will work in groups to produce and present an in class project. As a final project students will write a critical reflection on their experiences, participation, and learning during the course.