Media Literacy, Art and Activism Matters
This curriculum is designed to make the study of art mean a lot, following Booker T. Washington's philosophy to use art in the service of social justice. In order to understand the possibilities for art to matter in social change actions, we will use an interdisciplinary approach. We will study media literacy and various political/economic frameworks through which people try to make sense of specific events in the world. We will review various ideas that groups and individuals have used to change "business as usual." Through studying how our knowledge about the world is shaped by various media institutions (education, journalism, social media, entertainment, and public relations/advertising) we will develop ideas about how art, broadly conceived, can intervene to challenge and reshape our perceptions and understandings. Through understanding how various events and actions can be interpreted using different political/economic frameworks, we will develop more effective interventions to provoke people's imaginations about new possibilities for our society.
Pre Requisites: Degree students only, with fewer than 30 credits when they entered UMass Boston.Students may complete only one 100G course (First Year Seminar).