LAS 381 • SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE PRESS
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Course examines major contemporary issues of social justice within historical context and press treatment of the same. Topics cover racism, sexism, economics, education, health, immigration, imperialism, (US-Latin America in the 1980s, Iraq today) labor and youth issues. A segment of the course includes an overview of the role of non-profits in the search for social justice. Clip files of related coverage, including local coverage, of these issues will be kept. An applied theory experience puts students in a non-profit community organization for 20 hours as participant observers. Materials are provided to enhance this experience. A brief narrative report of this activity is required by semester end. Students will assist in organizing a round table discussion between journalists and community non-profits before semester end. Assigned materials will include readings from the journal Social Justice; Extra! and Censored 2006; and excerpts from The Soul of A Citizen; Pedagogy of the Oppressed; On Being Non-Profit; Gender Inequality; Uninsured in America, Take the Rich Off Welfare; Globalization and its Discontents; The Condor Years; Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press and Project Truth; Shattered Voices; Target Iraq; Identifying Talent, Institutionalizing Diversity, and a selection of related articles. All materials will be on reserve. A final research paper is required. NOTE: This course counts as credit for the LBJ School Philanthropy, Volunteerism and Non-Profit certification program.