The biggest paradigm shift in media studies today is understanding ordinary people as media producers, not just consumers. We will explore how such factors as gender, race, ethnicity, ability status, sexuality and class affect media-making.
This course fulfills Emory’s Continuing Writing requirement -- which emphasizes writing frequency, process, quality, and variety.
We also fulfill the CWPA framework for postsecondary writing, which values multimodal composition (composition in modes other than writing and other than standard academic essay-writing), multilingualism where relevant, and writing-to-learn methods.
In addition to this, students who successfully fulfill this course will gain intensified ability to visualize media texts analytically, frame their observations and assessments of those texts in persuasive multimodal work, and gain more of a critically and historically informed understanding of the development, aesthetics and uses of popular media as a vital part of 20th and 21st century culture.
Students will create media projects and publish them to their own personal web domain using readily-available, easy-to-use tools. This class participates in the Domain of One's Own initiative. As part of the Domain of One’s Own project you will author and administer a personal website and compose with a variety of digital tools. However, no technological expertise is required to do well in this course. Most students are website and movie-making novices and range in comfort level with technology that is new to them, but they manage fine.
Once you have completed the course, the site you built is yours to continue to develop into a personal cyberinfastructure that may include, but is not limited to, course projects, a professional portfolio, resume/CV documents, social media feeds, and blogs. I've been teaching with digital publication off and on since 2000.
Gender, Race and Class in Media: A Critical Reader. Available in the bookstore.
Additional reading materials will be made available linked to the live syllabus or through the library.
Purdue OWL (online writing lab: a resource)
Domain name registration at $12
(Writing program will host your site for free)
Tara Christina, Kelvin, Mariam, Madison, Sarah, Zoe,
Laura, Tay, Kamila, Malaika, Sydney,
Ujwal, Natalia, Yonatan, Ashley, Elyse,
Jamila, Mirandy, Ivy, Rehat, Hayley,
Maretta, Brian, Yawen