This course explores the crucial roles that journalistic, advertising and entertainment media play in creating, reinforcing and disseminating cultural values about gender, race and ethnicity, and class. We consider such questions as how media depictions may symbolically annihilate, stereotype and trivialize women and people of color, and how the decision-making status of women and people of color in media organizations may be connected to those depictions. We also explore these issues in relation to class, which is often connected to race and ethnicity. We question the ability of media organizations to recognize and reflect the changing nature of the populations they have a social responsibility to serve. We also consider how international conglomerates use media messages to perpetuate a kind of one-size-fits-all global culture of commodification and materialism that may influence local cultural standards about identity.
Specifically, in this offering of the course, we will use the city of London as a kind of living laboratory to examine how the tensions of heritage and diversity are exacerbated or addressed by mass media content and public expressions of culture in an increasingly multicultural city. We will systematically compare our own experiences with US media content and public culture to our newfound observations of media content and public culture in London.
In Hawai‘i: Multi-cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations, we examine the concepts, theories, and realities of the way individuals and groups work and communicate in organizations where culture and multiculturalism plays a primary or prominent role. We do so in Hawai‘i because our fiftieth state is a microcosm of multi-ethnic cultures and co-cultures, all interacting in a business, retail, nonprofit and arts environment. Hawai‘i provides us with a living laboratory in which we can study and experience multicultural communication and organizations. As we examine multi-cultural and organizational communication, we will be challenged to examine our own cultural identities and assumptions, asking ourselves not only about the role that culture plays in the experiences and observations we will make as part of the class, but as they translate to our daily lives and experiences back on the mainland in our careers and personal life.
December 31-January 13 on Oahu and January 14- 23 on Kaua‘i, including three partial travel days. Course activities include: classroom sessions, guest presenters, guided tours, a panel discussion on multi-cultural communication led by UST alumni, and, a service-learning project at a bi-lingual Hawaiian school
For more information about these courses visit the Study Abroad website.