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Digital Media and Social Justice  

First Year Seminar

John Carroll University


Fall Semester 2014  

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:00-12:50 BR43



Assignment details linked from the assignment page:

Social Action Project    |    

Prof:  David Shutkin, Ph.D.

Office:  Administration 304

Land line: 216.397.4754

E-mail:  dshutkin@jcu.edu

Office Hours by appointment:


M/F 9:30-11:00AM 
T/R 3:30-5:00PM


Dr. Shutkin's Web Site:   


Dr. Shutkin's WebLog:   


Course Web Site:  http://digitalmediafys.pbworks.com/

Course Description:

What effect will digital technology exert over the gap between the Haves and the Have-Nots? Will our new socially connected world, brought about by the creation of the internet and participatory media, contribute to social, political and economic equity, or will it support the dominance of historically privileged groups?


Access to online information is increasingly critical to social inclusion. Blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter alter citizenship, change scholarship, and affect relationships. In this FYS course, we examine evolving forms of technology in relation to equity and social justice. We consider digital literacy from a global perspective, how technology can be leveraged during a crisis, and ways the voiceless are empowered with technology during political upheaval. We also consider what happens to the old technology when new models come out less than two years later. Your old cell phone might be sitting in a toxic waste dump in a third world country as you read this.


Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:
    •    Be familiar with a suite of Web 2.0 technologies from which digital media can be produced and distributed online;
    •    Understand more critically, globally, and with empathy relationships between digital media and social justice;
    •    Have participated in a service learning / social action project about digital media informed by issues of social justice. 


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