This course examines the relationship between media and social justice by exploring the theoretical/historical foundations of this connection. Since media representation structures cultural meanings, it inevitably creates social change. In this course we explore why and how this change occurs, and then learn how to harness the power of media to create positive transformation as we assess and evaluate outcomes. Students complete a research paper within a specific area of interest. Regular reading of newspapers (including obituaries) will cultivate interest in various topics. Social justice themes include such topics as race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, aging, environmental issues, health, education, poverty, intercultural awareness and human welfare.