UMAIE Course Number: T4212
SAU Course Equivalency: COMM 233, Topics in Communication or WMST 310, Topics in Women's Studies (four credits)
Instructor: Benard Armada and Mark Neuzil, University of St. Thomas
Dates: January 1-26, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes start January 15)
Location: London, England
Price: $5,555 (subject to change)
This course explores the crucial roles that journalism, advertising, and entertainment media play in creating, reinforcing and disseminating cultural values about gender, race and ethnicity, and class. We consider such questions as how media depictions may symbolically annihilate, stereotype and trivialize women and people of color, and how the decision-making status of women and people of color in media organizations may be connected to those depictions.
We also explore these issues in relation to class, which is often connected to race and ethnicity. We question the ability of media organizations to recognize and reflect the changing nature of the populations they have a social responsibility to serve. We also consider how international conglomerates use media messages to perpetuate a kind of one-size-fits-all global culture of commodification and materialism that may influence local cultural standards about identity.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.