COM 442: Social Media and Community Engagement / Beautiful Social

Instructor: Aimee Knight

Time: MWF 2:30 – 3:20PM

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.

COM 473: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Era

Instructor: David Parry

Time: TR 12:30 – 1:45PM

Based on your cell phone history researchers can predict where you will be 24 hours from now. You can download and install software onto a computer to monitor and capture everything a user does. Nearly everything you buy is recorded in a database. Corporations track every page view and click. Your email is easily read by third parties. Target knows when a customer is pregnant. Even the post office scans and digitally images every piece of mail it sends. It is impossible to not leave a digital trace, and all of these traces are being collected. In this class we will look at how our digital lives intersect with and effect our privacy. Is privacy dead in the age of constant surveillance? Should we even care? And who benefits from all this data collection? We will look to answer these questions both on a technological level, what is possible, and a critical level, what does this mean for democracy and society. We will also seek to put this knowledge into practice, understanding and using what tools and techniques citizens can employ to regain privacy both in their lives as individuals and citizens.

COM 473: Digital Video / Internet in the TV Era

Instructor: Ian Murphy

Time: TR 2:00 – 3:15PM

This class examines the convergence in recent years of the online video and television industries. We will explore how this convergence continues to influence the production, distribution, and consumption of audiovisual content on the internet. Students will identify emergent strategies that legacy television networks, online streaming companies, social media firms, and independent producers use for creating, financing, distributing, and marketing video across a variety of platforms and devices. In addition, students will experience first-hand the process of developing online video by creating a show: choosing a platform and network for distribution, pitching an idea, writing a script, shooting a “pilot” episode, and creating a trailer and marketing campaign. In the process, students will think critically about the kinds of stories that can be told through video, while also analyzing some of the technological, industrial, economic, and regulatory mechanisms that assert control over the production and circulation of video via the internet.

COM 473: Advanced Design

Instructor: Rachael Sullivan

Time: W 4:40 – 7:10PM

This course is intended for students who have a working knowledge of design fundamentals and who now want to deepen their skill set and build a portfolio. Students should have an intermediate understanding of Adobe software products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students who do not meet the prerequisites but think they may be qualified should speak to the instructor.

COM 473: Popular Music, Protest, and Social Justice

Instructor: Bill Wolff

Time: MWF 1:25 – 2:15PM

This course will trace protest and calls for social justice in popular music from Josef Haydn’s 1772 “Farewell” Symphony through African American Slave Spirituals; the Civil Rights Movement; the anti-war and pro-labor folk movements of the 1960s and 70s; punk rock of the late 1970s leading to Riot Grrrl in 1990s; artists against apartheid in the early 1980s; rap and hip-hop in the late 80s and early 90s; the reemergence of folk rock in the 1990s; the anti-war movement in the early 2000s; and into our present moment where we will consider protest songs and political statements by Beyoncé, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, and many others. Students will complete several multimedia projects that enhance their understanding of and contribute to larger conversations about protest and calls for social justices in popular music.

COM 475: Crime, Justice, and The Media

Instructor: Mike Lyons

Time: M 3:35 – 6:05PM

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.


ART 106 Art of Colonial Latin America

ART 209 Contemporary Art and Architecture

ECN 475 Asian Economies

ENG 329 Black Women Writers

HIS 387 Popular Culture in the US

MTF 191 Introduction to Film

MTF 192 History of Narrative Film

MTF 294 World Cinema: Africa

POL 117 Introduction to Political Thought

POL 150 Women, Girls and Global Politics

SOC 208 Sociology of Gender