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Media Literacy Syllabus

This syllabus is for an 8-week intensive summer course in media literacy. I emphasize a “media citizenship” approach to media literacy, meaning that we cover textual/semiotic analysis and issues of representation, but there’s also a lot of focus on media policy and discussions about how to create a media system that promotes cultural and political democracy by conveying a wide range of ideas, visions, dreams, ways of living, etc. Continue reading

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Judith Williamson, Decoding Advertisements

I’ve found Judith Williamson’s Decoding Advertisements incredibly useful for introducing students to semiotics, ideology and subjectivity, as well as the critical study of advertising. I usually use Chapters One and Two. Students find the reading to be challenging, but I help them out a bit with this handout, which is my breakdown of her key points about advertising, subjects, and ideology. You’ll also find my guidelines for student presentations: I ask students to use Williamson to conduct their own critical analysis of an advertisement which they present to the class. Continue reading

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