RTF 342 - Global Media, New Media, and Migration
UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR (for course times & locations)
SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT: No | COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE: No
DESCRIPTION: This course will enable students to understand global media issues about traditional and digital media use, social inclusion, and migration from Latin America, Asia and elsewhere to the U.S. in both theoretical and concrete local terms, reinforcing the latter with participant observation and interview fieldwork in East and South Austin. We will cover theoretical material about globalization, cultural geography, migration, the relation between migration and media use, and digital inclusion that confronts migrants in Austin. We will examine Austin's social, cultural and economic history with a focus on how the sources of information, culture and media available to Latino and African-American residents have evolved and how those sources have been used by people and communities here, particularly Latino and other migrants. Students will read existing materials on this history as well as materials on research methods for interviewing people about their use of both new and traditional media. Students will observe and interview local organizations and people who are working with migrants, particularly on information, media and digital divide issues in the first half of the course. In the second half of the course, students will learn how to conduct family history interviews and do interviews with three generations of several families to see how their use of media and cultural resources has changed over time. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of migration on this process.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cross-listed: LAS 322; MAS 374