Human rights and social justice are central to contemporary public life and as such they are central to media practices and representations. These principles have come under pressure in recent years as everyday life has become highly mediated—increasingly by private digital platforms like Facebook and Google. In this course, you will investigate the rights, responsibilities, ethics and social justice frameworks associated with mediated communication in social and political life. You will address topics such as surveillance, data justice, racism and the media, gender, First Nations media and alternative media, and research recent case studies where rights and wrongs have been debated and media interventions developed. The goal is to equip you with the tools for understanding and intervening in both traditional and digital media as controversies and issues arise in your everyday life and work.
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