AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Media Activism
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Media is a powerful tool. The term “media activism” refers to how media is used to campaign for or bring about social or political change. This class will primarily focus on how underrepresented identity-based and cause-based groups in the United States have used different kinds of media forms and practices in the service of social justice activism. We will examine various social movements, including AIDS activism, Black Lives Matter, the anti-war movement, Palestine solidarity, and Occupy Wall Street, and examine the media texts and practices these movements employ, such as culture jamming, street art, documentary, and narrative film, film festivals, public television, social media, and memes. We will read interdisciplinary texts from the fields of film and media studies, critical race and ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, and postcolonial studies to interrogate the relationships between representation and power, and to identify how and why certain forms of media activism emerge at particular historical moments.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular participation in lectures and discussion sections, timely completion of reading and writing assignments, and active involvement in-class discussion. Students are responsible for writing weekly blog posts (1 page each) and will develop a longer paper consisting of an analytical essay (12-15 pages) as well as a creative project involving making a zine.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for majors in Film, Television, and Media. It is open to undergraduates across all departments and programs, including LSA, the Honors Program, the Residential College, as well as students in music, theater, dance, art and design, architecture, engineering, etc. Non-majors who are interested in studying race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social movements, mass media, and issues of representation are welcome to take this class.

Class Format:

This is a seminar style class that requires active participation in class discussion.


AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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