AFR 321 Fall 2016 Trending Black: Race & Social Media in the 21st Century

The 21st Century ushered in new and exciting ways for people to communicate digitally. With the creation of social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more recently Vine, connecting with the world is literally one click, or selfie away. Though much of the attention around social media is focused on people with race and educational privilege, people of color have created their own spaces to curate, articulate, and produce culture. Through the methods of rhetorical criticism, critical discourse analysis, cultural criticism and ethnography, we will investigate the ways Africana cultures, specifically in the United States, utilize social media to shape community and influence popular culture. This course will give students hands-on experience analyzing various texts, and a deeper understanding of rhetorical methodologies.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, response papers, and a final research project
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Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AFR Core Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, FMST Core Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1010
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