The course I chose to focus on for the Backwards by Design retreat and for this particular study is Communication 244: Advocacy through Media. This course enjoins students to critically consider how media can be used as a tool to advocate for social and political change, and, especially for social justice. Students engage with scholarly and activist literature on theories of media, social change, and advocacy as well as case studies of media makers who intervene in the process of social change. Students’ critical acumen is sharpened through participating in a service-learning project, where students learn how to apply theories of media advocacy in the practice of working with non-profits invested in social justice issues.
Morgan Parmett, Helen, "Using Service-Learning to Teach Threshold Concepts" (2012). Backwards by Design Mini-Studies. Paper 19.