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Shifting Focus I: Video Production and Community Activism

Semester and Year FA 2008
Course Number K45.1445
Section 001
Days Thu
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


From the taping of the police beating of Rodney King, to online advocacy, and the explosion of YouTube, video has become an essential tool for social and political actors. This course will be a hands-on class in video production in the service of political and community organizing. Class time will be used to: examine the biases of corporate-controlled media; learn the theory and history of video activism; develop basic camera and editing skills; and reflect on lessons learned in the field. Outside of class students will break into groups and collaborate with local community organizations in the conception and production of a short video piece, and subsequently strategize with those organizations about how to most effectively use video in their particular struggles. Readings will include selections from Noam Chomsky, Robert McChesney and Thomas Harding.

Course Type

Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)

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