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Politics, Media and Community Organizing: Indigenous Understandings and Applications (PSCI 1180)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines the relationship between the media, community organizing, and community power, with special emphasis on how various media forms are used in the organizing efforts of indigenous communities. You will learn about the historical connections between community organizing and the media, analyze the relationship between politics, political movements and the media, examine media in politics and society, and explore the effects of the media landscape on community organizing. You will also evaluate how community organizations use various media forms in their efforts to achieve their goals and develop a media plan for a community organization.

Topical Outline:
1. The media landscape (Corporate media, grassroots media, new media)
2. US political system and the media
3. Power and the use of media as tools of dominance and resistance
4. Historical and current connections between social movements, community organizing efforts and the media
5. Uses of various media forms and tactics in specific movements and organizing efforts
6. Indigenous organizing efforts and the media

Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe the historical and current connections between community organizing, social movements and the media
2. Create a power analysis of an aspect of the media landscape
3. Analyze and evaluate how community organizations and social movements use media
4. Design a plan for a community organizing media campaign

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility