Critical Media Studies

CMC 250G Social Change/ Community Org
This course examines the socio-cultural origins of contemporary social movements. Social inequality motivates people to act on an individual level in order to promote systemic change. We will study forms of mainstream and radical protest and their role in promoting agency. We will consider who is marginalized within particular social groups (such as disabled women and women of color in second wave feminism) and resulting intergroup conflict. Activism across identity lines emphasizes shared oppression and the importance of allies when correcting power imbalances. Course topics include: racial justice movements (Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter), feminism and women’s movements, the GLBT/queer movement, the Disability Rights movement, AIDS activism, and Occupy Wall Street.

CMC 270 Media, Gender, and Sexualities