Communication And Culture | Media, Culture & Politics
C445 | 1122 | Mukherjee

Topic: Social Action Via Media
Professor Roopali Mukherjee
MW 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Ballantine 241

This course provides an introduction to social movements and the
place of mass media in activist efforts past and present. Readings provide
detail on the social and political context of notable social movements. In
particular we will examine the grassroots initiatives of migrant farm
labor during the 1950s, student anti-war efforts during the Vietnam era,
the organizing tactics of the Black Panther party in the early 1970s, and
the work of artists and organizers during the 1980s on issues of AIDS
awareness and gay pride. Together, these examples serve to open up
important questions about human and civil rights, resistance and
revolution, and the potential of mainstream and alternative media for
social action. Course assignments include pop quizzes, discussion
facilitations, and two critical essays focusing on the relationship
between social action and the media.

Roopali Mukherjee
Department of Communication & Culture
Indiana University-Bloomington