How does war shape society? What role does the media play in shaping common understandings of violence and conflict around the world? And how do we make sense of this coverage in our everyday lives—as it flits across our internet home pages and social media, and enters conversations with community and family? This class is focused on discussing how current events relating to international war and conflict are portrayed and interpreted in the media. While taking courses offering different perspectives on how to understand the role of war and its resulting human impacts in our society, our FIG will combine an exploration of UO resources for your success as a college student and discussions & campus field trips aimed at developing information literacy relating to war.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit
HIST 240 War and the Modern World I - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
This course explores the changes in the nature and conduct of warfare within the broader context of social, political, and technological change. We begin in the mid-eighteenth century and continue through the end of World War II. Although much of the course is focused on Europe, time is also devoted to warfare in other parts of the world, in particular the colonial wars of the 19th century. Special attention is placed on the Napoleonic period to develop a sense of how war was conducted just prior to the major technological changes associated with the industrial revolution. We spend the last several weeks on World War II in order to assess the nature of mass industrialized interstate warfare.
J 201 Media and Society - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
What is the relationship between media industry and media content? How does popular culture articulate cultural beliefs and practices? How do we analyze and interpret the media industries? This course is designed to equip students with the key concepts, theories, and methods to undertake their own critical analyses of media and the industries that make them. It will examine how media emerge within specific social and historical contexts and how they participate in ideological practices with wide-reaching cultural consequences.