Com 442: Non-Profit Communications/Beautiful Social

Instructor: Dr. Aimee Knight

Day/Time: MWF 12:20pm-1:10pm


Not-for-profit and community-based organizations rely on strategic digital communication to create positive social change. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of communication theories and practices while conducting research projects with local organizations through the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative. Those who complete this course will know how to apply a variety of social media theories and practices to help organizations achieve their communication goals. Students in the course will actively participate as a member of a project team to complete projects with clients in the Greater Philadelphia area and, from time to time, beyond. Local travel is required. *Instructor Approval Required.

Com 473: Other Nets

Instructor: Dr. Lynete Mukhongo

Day/Time: MWF 1:25pm-2:15pm

This course will examine the internet outside the United States (US) context, focusing on digital cultures in different countries. Examples will be drawn from Europe, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. It will seek to question the concept of a world wide web, and focus on how internet fragmentation has created deliberative enclaves and polarization of online discourses, particularly drawing examples from the case of Brexit.

Com 473: Popular Music, Protest, and Social Justice

Instructor: Dr. Bill Wolff

Day/Time: MWF 1:25pm-2:15pm

Popular musicians use their platform to release songs, videos, and statements that reveal, condemn, and inspire action in response to perceived social, political, and military injustices. Songs educate in ways classrooms cannot. Songs amplify the voices of those who have been silenced. Songs unite people around a common cause. Their words become collective cries expressing anger, despair, hope, and a desire for change. In this course, analyze protest and social justice songs that cover important issues, including race, civil rights, gender  identity, war, labor, and immigration, from Slave Spirituals to the Civil Rights Movement; the folk movement of the 1930s through the 60s and again in the 90s; punk in the late 1970s and Riot Grrrl zines in 1990s through Pussy Riot in the 2000s; rap and hip-hop in the late 80s and early 90s; to the present moment with an extended analysis of Beyonce’s Lemonade, followed by contemporary artists, such as Childish Gambino, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and others. In doing so, we will see how protest music works within social movements, fights power, encourages activism, and, perhaps, affects change.

Com 473: Physical Computing and Accessible Design

Instructor: Dr. Steven Hammer

Day/Time: T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm

Physical computing allows us to rethink the ways we interact with both digital systems and the physical world. In this course, students will first learn the basics of programming interactive hardware and software in the context of music and sound-based art. Then, collaborating with persons with disabilities in the community, students will co-design instruments, apply and expand upon their knowledge of disability and accessibility, and assist in organizing a community performance event. No previous experience with physical computing or music is necessary to take this course, only interest and commitment to working in a diverse and collaborative environment. 


Instructor: Dr. Ellen Bernard

Day/Time: T/TH 5:00pm-6:15pm

This course will provide students with an overview of the history of subcultural theory and youth culture’s relationship with mass media. Classroom content will offer an examination of a range of subcultures along with the theoretical considerations that have offered an academic perspective of youth culture throughout the last four decades. Media framing and the media attention of various subcultures will be explored and investigated.

Com 475: Crime, Justice, & Media

Instructor: Dr. Mike Lyons

Day/Time: T 6:30pm-9:15pm


This course looks at media narratives of crime and justice. We study how those narratives have impacted sentencing, incarceration and law. We will then produce new narratives, stories of redemption, through interviews with men and women who had served life-without-parole sentences and recently returned home. The course includes substantial work outside of class, including at least one trip to Graterford prison to talk to men serving life sentences. Media production experience will be helpful, but is not required. *Instructor Approval Required, 3.0 GPA in Major Required. Fill out above application for Instructor Approval Override.

Com ILC’s for Spring 2020

ART 105, 209

ECN 375, 480

JPN 310

MTF 191, 291

POL 117, 305

SOC 206, 208, 330, 335

THE 372