MULTICULTURAL AND GENDER STUDIES

A Fall 2018 Feature: Activist Blogging Course Offering

An image of a laptop keyboard with text reading "new course for the fall of 2018 semester: journalism 398: Activist Blogging"

A new course has made its way from concept to a Memorandum of Intent and now, finally, a featured spot this coming Fall of 2018: Journalism 398, "Activist Blogging". The three-unit course is a discussion class that will focus on blogging as an invaluable resource for reading, writing, reflection, and sharing activism-related ideas through a web-platform.

From the course description:

Blogging is a valuable resource for enhancing students’ ability to read, write, reflect and share about social justice topics in the digital space. In our increasingly digital environment, students will benefit from opportunities to learn how to become better critical consumers of online content. Further, this course will enable students to develop their own online presence across diverse audiences and social media platforms. Activist blogging creates an opportunity for students to engage in modern, digital social justice and to hone the unique writing skills needed to be successful in this endeavor.

Blogs are a valuable communication resource for sharing ideas for public dialog, engaging others in debate and encouraging people to take concrete action. Students may select the activist topic of their choice to write about over the course of the semester. However, course content will focus most on feminist and environmental activism.

The course adds a fun twist with the "News Room Editor" portion of the course, promoting leadership skills, communication, and brainstorming among students as each News Room Editor leads the class in a brainstorming session for generating blog ideas. The course promotes open discussion and facilitates a start-up in the online activism sphere with weekly posting and open discourse amongst students in a wide array of topics. 

Learning objectives in the course include, but are definitely not limited to, the examination of social media such as blogs as tools for social justice and environmental activism as compared to face-to-face consciousness raising, developing one's unique voice through writing for diverse audiences, and analyzing & assessing published activist blogs.

Overall, the course seems to be a great starting point for students that wish to utilize social media and blogging platforms for social or environmental activism and advocacy. By helping students refine their writing style, analyze audiences, and perform ethical research, it seems the course will be setting up and bringing students to the forefront of activism blogging and equipping them with the tools necessary for running an efficient, well-written and knowledgeable blog.

Definitely keep an eye out for this course when selecting your courses for the Fall 2018 semester!