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Media for Social Responsibility

In this course, students will learn to synthesize complex information about a particular topic of global social consequence (such as pollution, illiteracy, obesity, de-forestation, malnutrition) and develop proposals for actual media companies to address these topics and effect positive change.

The course format includes a leading expert outlining the importance of the issue and its relation to media's social responsibility in a keynote address, case studies of the ways in which this topic has already been addressed in the media, and small teams of students led by industry professionals working on a group project.

Students will demonstrate their grasp of the social impacts of the problem and media's social responsibility, their ability to apply message design and media selection strategies, and their knowledge of media economics and programming formats.


Portrayals of Disability and Chronic Illness in Popular Culture

CRN 24323, GCOM 20009 
Thursday, September 29–Saturday, October 1, 2016
1 credit
Professors: Anthony Adornato and Bob Regan

Often largely ignored in media representations, people living with a disability or chronic illness can often feel like a forgotten population. While absent in main-stream media, there is a real cost to disability and chronic illness that goes beyond the individual: it can impact their caregiver, family, friends, and coworkers. This mini course will provide a critical analysis of the role media plays in creating or breaking expectations, accurately portraying the lived experience, and offering hope of a better future.

The class will begin with a keynote by Laila Ali—elite athlete, fitness and wellness expert, TV host, author, speaker, and the daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali.


Course dates and times include:

Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Athletics and Events Center

Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00–10:00 p.m.
Park Hall Auditorium 

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Park Hall Auditorium



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