The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the complex relationship between mediated communication and culture. It explores relevant theories, case studies and individual experiences to examine how media contribute to the construction and contestation of cultural identities. This course studies media and multiculturalism with an emphasis on the meaning of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, differing abilities, class, religion, national affiliation and
other socially-constructed group identity categories, as well as the intersectionality of these categorizations. Specific foci include media images of social roles and stereotyping, audience processing and effects and media employment practices across legacy and online media. As the ship visits ports the types of media studied will include news; advertising and other strategic communication; entertainment, like film, music and popular culture; and sports. Skills in this course students will utilize and enhance are research, analysis, writing and public speaking.
Field WorkCountry: Greece
Day: 1 - Monday, 19 September
This field class will occur in Athens, leaving the port in Piraeus on Day 1 in Greece. Students will visit a foundation dedicated to assisting vulnerable and socially excluded people who face socio-economic deprivation and other challenges. After learning about the mission, goals and workings of Emfasis, students will visit a refugee camp in Athens and participate in some educational activities with youth living in the camp. There will be a picnic lunch on the way to the camp, and students will return to the ship directly from the camp.
1. Students will learn to understand the environmental context and daily challenges of people who are socially and economically vulnerable.
2. Students will better understand the perspectives of marginalized group members regarding their views of the larger population.
3. Students will better understand the challenges of reaching marginalized groups in health and welfare efforts and campaigns.
4. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for cultures, events and issues in cultural contexts other than their own.
5. Students will share in common goals dedicated to helping people with various needs, including those in economically-challenged situations.