How much does the media decide the outcome of elections and our behavior? We will look closely at how it can persuade and influence how we behave and how that effects Americans' ability to be responsible citizens.  In the spring semester this class will explore political transition in the United States. No matter the outcome of the November election, we will look at “they won, so what now?”.

1 hr. Mondays, 9:00am - 10:00am

At what point does an idea become a movement? What are the events and forces that cause some movements to thrive and others to fizzle out? Can people engaged in their own movement successfully collaborate to achieve a larger, related purpose? In this class students will explore a wide range of popular worldwide movements including abolition, women’s suffrage, labor, animal rights, environmentalism, the various civil rights movements of the 20th century, and Black Lives Matter. We’ll talk about the tools and tactics movements use to spread their message, the turning points that make or break movements, and the role of governments and law enforcement in encouraging or suppressing activism. There will be a significant online component to this course even if we are meeting in person. Our major resources -- including Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States, and websites such as Newseum, Teaching Tolerance, and the Zinn Education Project -- can be found online. We’ll watch some documentaries and pre-recorded interviews, as well as hear from guest speakers either in person or via our online meeting resource. Students will explore a social movement of interest to them and develop a long-term project to examine and introduce that movement to others via UHS Online. 

Required materials: “People’s History of the United States, 2015 edition (this is available for Kindle) - Howard Zinn. 

1hr. Wednesdays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
$308 + $20 materials fee = $328