The “critical” in critical media and cultural studies stems from our commitments to: 1) critical thinking, 2) critical theory’s analysis of social systems and the distribution of power and inequality, and 3) critical issues in our world today, including climate change, poverty, war, and mass incarceration. We ground our program in values of equity, human rights, and social justice.
Skills we hone in CMC include:
CMC aims to cultivate a community of intellectually curious, socially aware, and politically engaged citizens who can critically read media and cultural texts and produce effective oral, textual, and mediated arguments.
Each major will work with a CMC faculty advisor to create an area of concentration tailored to that student’s interests and goals, culminating in a semester-long senior capstone documentary project.
Three five-semester-hour courses; seven four-semester-hour courses; and one of the following:
At least eight courses--including all core courses--must be taken at Rollins.
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
ALL of the following.
ONE of the following.
ELECTIVE COURSE PARAMETERS
SAMPLE AREAS OF CONCENTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVE CLASSES
Action, Advocacy, and Social Change
Body, Health, and Society
Critical Media Analysis
Power and Persuasion
Race and Ethnicity Studies
CMC Course Descriptions:
CMC 100 Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies with Lab: Orients students to the major’s “triple critical” focus: 1) on critical thinking, 2) on critical theory’s analysis of social systems, including mass media, and the distribution of power and inequality, and 3) on critical issues in our world today. The 1-credit lab builds competency in photo, sound, and video editing.
CMC 110 Digital Storytelling: Develops the ability to use and understand digital technologies as tools for creative multimedia expression. Students study how narrative and symbols structure meaning and create multimedia projects.
CMC 150 Topics in Media and Cultural Studies
CMC 155 Solidarity, Equality, Community: We explore a spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities with particular focus on LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and more!) identities, histories, and social movements. A welcoming, inclusive environment for the serious and the playful. Expand creative horizons. Engage seasoned activists. See how you can answer Gandhi’s call: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
CMC 200 Researching Media and Culture with Lab: What issues keep us awake at night? How might we address pressing challenges like climate change, war, and economic inequality? What separates assumption, belief, and knowledge about those challenges? How can we best translate knowledge into evidence-based arguments? This course explores multiple ways of researching culture and media. Each of us undertakes a project on a topic of our choosing, conducting both background (library) research and original research. The 1-credit lab builds information literacy, helping us find, evaluate, and synthesize information from multiple reputable sources. Prerequisite: CMC 100 or consent.
CMC 220 Writing Lives: The title of this course has at least two meanings, and we will explore both. We will become more introspective about our lives as writers, and we will write creatively and analytically about lived experience, our own and that of others. This class is for those who yearn to read and write in order to understand and bring meaning to their journey.
CMC 230 Media and Disability: Using media as text, this course examines the (mis)representation of people with disabilities in TV, film, documentary, graphic novels, and digital media. We will analyze disability at the intersection of culture and identity and consider how media vary when created by and for the non-disabled. Several problematic implications include able-bodied actors in disabled roles ("crip face") and acquired disability as a fate worse than death (Million Dollar Baby). Using a hands-on approach, we will engage in analysis to understand how emerging media challenge stigma and employ contemporary disability theory.
CMC 250 Topics in Media and Cultural Studies
CMC 270 Media, Gender and Sexualities: Examines how media portray gender and sexuality; how those portrayals intersect with race, class, and other identities; and how television, music, social media, etc., shape and constrain personal and social power.
CMC 300 Critical Frameworks for Contemporary Culture: What is reality? What is truth? What is history? Who gets to decide? Through reading critical and cultural theory as well as discussion and writing, we will examine through multiple lenses cultural texts such as mainstream and independent news media, cinema, TV, music, and social media. Prerequisite: CMC 100.
CMC 310 Media, Peace, and Justice: How can we use media as tools for change? How can we raise consciousness, our own and others’, then translate that into action? In this course, we not only study media but also engage in hands-on learning, developing and applying our talents to the pursuit of peace and justice.
CMC 320 Political Economy of Body and Food: What's wrong with the ways we relate to our own bodies, to others' bodies, to eating, and to food - and what can we do about it? This course examines the political and economic interests behind body and beauty ideals, body image, body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, steroid abuse, our cultural fear and hatred of fat, weight-based prejudice, and inequalities related to the current food system.
CMC 325 Incarceration and Inequality: As of 2013, U.S. jails and prisons held 2.2 million people—the same as work for Wal-Mart worldwide. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country. Class, race, nationality, and sex profoundly affect a person’s interactions with official “justice” systems, influencing who gets stopped, patted down, searched, arrested, and/or charged; who receives what kind of legal representation (if any); who is prosecuted, pressured to plead guilty, and/or convicted; who does time and how much. This course examines ways privilege and inequality manifest in, for example, the War on Drugs; the militarization of policing; prison privatization; solitary confinement; the death penalty; and extrajudicial imprisonment, torture, and killing.
CMC 330 Native American Media and Cultural Studies: Through investigating visual and cultural representation, this course explores how contemporary indigenous peoples reclaim textual production to form identity, reconstruct the past, revitalize culture, and assert sovereignty and treaty rights.
CMC 335 Critical Disability Studies: This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to disability studies. We examine disability not solely as a medical condition but also as an issue of social and structural inequality. Disability will be studied through a variety of perspectives: culture and identity, gender and sexuality, stigma, media and digital culture, critical race theory, and queer theory. Through hands-on activities and media screenings, you will understand the shifting landscape of disability studies and question "normative" concepts of the body, self, and sexuality.
CMC 350 Topics in Media and Cultural Studies
CMC 400 Senior Seminar/Research Practicum with Lab: This course builds on and advances CMC core course material and discussions pertaining to power and inequality; justice and peace; and cultural identities such as gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, and dis/ability. Each of us will complete a capstone project that: reflects the critical approach to research, has a significant library research component, has a significant original research component, and communicates an evidence-based argument through documentary short film. Lab builds competency in documentary filmmaking. Prerequisites: all core courses, plus at least four electives for the major.
African and African American Studies
Art and Art History
Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies
Theatre and Dance
Armenia, Amy (Sociology)
Balak, Benjamin (Economics)
Brandon, Wendy (Education; Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies)
Chambliss, Julian (History, Africa and African American Studies)
Cheng, Martha (English)
Chong, Dan (Politics)
Dennis, Kimberly (Art and Art History; Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies)
Greenberg, Yudit (Religion)
Lauer, Carol (Anthropology)
Libby, Susan (Art and Art History)
Lines, Lee (Environmental Studies)
McLaren, Margaret (Philosophy)
McClure, Amy (Sociology)
Newcomb, Rachel (Anthropology)
Nichter, Matthew (Sociology)
Ouellette, Thomas (Theatre and Dance)
Rock, Charles (Economics)
Roe, Dawn (Art and Art History)
Rubarth, Scott (Philosophy, Classical Studies)
Ruiz, Maria (Psychology)
Strom, Claire (History)
Warnecke, Tonia (Business)
Woodward, Suzanne (Psychology)