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Course Number: 228

Open To:
Grades 11-12

Course Length:
Semester

UC/CSU Approved: College Preparatory Elective “G” Requirement

Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to engage students in a consistent and critical consumption of media. Most of the course will be centered on the news media by helping students create a daily news practice, exploring the topics that are dominating the news or public awareness, and understanding the role of bias in the news media. Additionally, this course will evaluate various mediums of expressing opinions including political cartoons, editorials, televisions shows, advertisements, and more. Specifically, how various populations are represented in media will be evaluated along with the positive and negative effects of such representation. Each class period will begin with a sharing/discussion of current events and students populating the “Current Events” board in the classroom. Overall, this course will provide students with the tools necessary to critically consume media, understand current issues, and develop a consistent news practice to carry with them into the future.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Media Literacy by W. James Potter (SAGE Publishing (2019): University of California Santa Barbara, 9th ed.)

Additional reading assignments will be provided to the students by instructor.

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
A grade of “C” or higher
in either World History
or AP World History