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The Power of Words and Images

In our media saturated culture, how to read and interpret words and images (together and apart) is an increasingly important skill. Words and images not neutral or benign; they tell us much about the social relations, power and privilege, and taken for granted attitudes of the society within which they circulate. Words and images circulate through a variety of media to make meaning: books, film, advertising, social media of all kinds, YouTube...even bodies and our self-presentations are ways in which we make and communicate meaning. This cluster of courses is ideal for students interested in questions such as: how do images and words construct meaning across a range of media? How are they read and interpreted by different groups of people--and why and how are the differences in responses important? What kinds of meanings do people make of words and images as they circulate? Can people remake them to mean something different—and why and how do they do that?

Suggested Courses:

  • DSJS 311 (Anth 310; Eng 314): Identity and Popular Culture
  • DSJS 109: Selected Topics - Unruly Bodies
  • ThSt 244 (Engl 244): Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • English 222: Reading Film
  • English 379: [The Graphic Novel Course]
  • Anth 456 (DSJS 456): Visual Culture
  • PST 309: Selected Topics: Politics of Media, Spin, Manipulation
  • Eng 404: Writing and Rhetoric in Context
  • French 339 - Théâtre canadien-français
  • French 432 - Littérature et cinéma
  • Spanish 209 - Latin American Film and Society
Ann Braithwaite
Diversity and Social Justice Studies
(902) 628-4312
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