Communication and Culture | Persuasion
C324 | 14924 | Tba

Class Number: 14924
MW 1:00 PM-2:15 PM

Fulfills COAS A & H distribution requirement
A portion of this course reserved for majors

Instructor: TBA

We often think about persuasion in primarily instrumental and
individualistic terms-how one individual goes about getting
something he/she wants from another person.  Although this sense of
persuasion has its value, this course will take a different focus,
one which asks us to think about the cultural, social, and political
aspects of persuasion more broadly defined.  Specifically, we will
examine the intersection between U.S. popular culture and social
activist movements centered around issues of identity.  Over the
course of the semester, we will investigate several different
theoretical approaches to the "problem" of persuasion, with
particular attention to mass- mediated culture.  We will also look
at several different case studies of actual social activist
movements.  Part of the course, therefore, will involve making
connections between "theory" and "practice," that is, how social
movements enact particular theories of persuasion, how these
movements produce theory, and how theory itself can be considered a
form of social practice/activism.