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Shifting Focus: Video Production and Community Activism

Semester and Year FA 2014
Course Number CLI-UG1445
Section 001
Instructor Mark Read
Days Tue
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


The moving image has long been used by grassroots political movements and community organizers to mobilize constituencies in order to effect social change. Today, video has become an essential tool for social and political actors working on a wide array of issues. In this hands-on class, students will examine the role of media in the construction of our social and political reality; learn the theory and history of video activism; develop basic camera 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 piece of “tactical video” that can be utilized by the organization in their work. Readings will include selections from Todd Gitlin, Thomas Harding, and Harvey Molotch.



Course Type

Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)

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