Media and Social Justice Curriculum

Media and Social Justice StudentsThe goal of MLDC is to graduate students who have the media literacy skills necessary to critically analyze the intersections of media and culture while fostering their creativity and social awareness. MLDC students will develop the ability to communicate across media and understand the profound ethical and social responsibilities that come from being a professional communicator.  As such MLDC places individual courses within an overall curricular pathway to bring together the theory and practice of communication within the contemporary media environment with a specific focus on vulnerable populations and social inequality.

The Media and Social Justice concentration trains students through a variety of in-class exercises, out-of-class projects and capstone experiences with educational, health, corporate, and non-profit organizations of their choice. Media literacy professionals will provide guidance and feedback throughout the curriculum, and students will have ample opportunity to create media literacy materials along with applied fieldwork.  All MLDC students will graduate with a professional digital portfolio of their work.

The classes in the Media and Social Justice concentration focus on the role of media in reinforcing or challenging power and inequality in social and institutional relationships. While anyone may pursue this concentration it may be of particular interest to human and social service managers, community organizers, non-profit directors, criminal justice professionals, government staff leaders, and media practitioners.

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MLDC offers both a master’s degree that features a concentration in Media and Social Justice and a graduate certificate in Media and Social Justice.

Required Courses | 27 credits

  • Media, Communication, and Culture
  • Media Ethics in a Professional Context
  • Foundations in Media Literacy 
  • The Great Debates of Media Literacy
  • Media Literacy: Design and Implementation
  • Multimedia Production for Media Literacy
  • Elective
  • Capstone I
  • Capstone II

Media & Social Justice (MSJ) Concentration Courses | 9 credits

  • Race and Representation
  • Gender, Identity, and Media
  • Media and Social Movements

Elective Courses

  • Social Media and Culture
  • Sports, Culture, and Media
  • Multimedia Production I
  • Multimedia Production II
  • Media Industries
  • Visual Literacy
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Media and Violence
  • Media and Body Image
  • Advertising and Consumer Culture
  • Multimedia Health Promotions

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