Fall 2017 Course Descriptions for Critial Media Studies

CMC 150B Topic: Diversity & Social Justice
This course invites you to engage the question, “Who am I?” from a social justice perspective. Each of us will explore our own life experiences and identities (e.g., race, class, and sexuality) through practices of self-reflection that promote liberation of self and others. Together, we will live the question: “How can I be a positive force for justice and equality?”

CMC 325 Incarceration & Ineqality
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country. Class, race, nationality, and sex profoundly affect a person’s interactions with official “justice” systems, influencing who gets stopped, patted down, searched, arrested, and/or charged; who receives what kind of legal representation (if any); who is prosecuted, pressured to plead guilty, and/or convicted; who does time and how much. This course examines ways privilege and inequality manifest in, for example, the War on Drugs; the militarization of policing; prison privatization; solitary confinement; the death penalty; and extrajudicial imprisonment, torture, and killing.