RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Section: 002 Films for Social Change: Visualizing Social Justice
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In the era of global communications, an increasing segment of the population access incomplete, biased and less diverse information and sources through social media technologies like Facebook and Twitter. As a consequence, social activists have been changing the way they produce and present information in order to reach different populations that may be uninformed or wrongly informed about a number of current problems and issues. This course is an introduction to the use of films and documentaries as a form of political discourse and activism directed to educate and inform the public about politically charged and contested topics. This course will evaluate and analyze films and documentaries as effective tools of communication and information that seek to promote social change by raising awareness on specific problems like migration, poverty, environmental racism and violence. Students will analyze films, focusing on their audiovisual production, language and rhetoric, forms of representation, messages, objectives and intended audience. Course evaluations will be based on student participation, group activities, three academic papers and a class presentation.

Course Requirements:

Daily class attendance is required. Students write three academic essays and weekly entries in journals or blogs, and prepare at least one formal presentation. Active participation in daily discussion is expected

Intended Audience:

RCLang 324 is open to all UM students but priority is given to RC students who have successfully passed the Spanish Proficiency Exam the previous term and RC students who take a second or third Readings. Students who have completed SPA 277 by permission of instructor.

Class Format:

The course meets two times a week and is structured as a seminar with ample discussion among its participants.

RCLANG 324 - Readings in Spanish
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
3RC Ugrd
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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