Goals and Objectives

Goal: Students will be able to articulate the role of language and visual media in creating, negotiating, and maintaining power and privilege.

  • Objective: Students will interrogate how power operates in the process of meaning making from the individual through the institutional.
  • Objective: Students will identify and describe different theoretical approaches to discourse.

Goal: Students will apply their critical thinking skills through the analysis and creation of arguments.

  • Objective: Students will learn how to use evidence. 
  • Objective: Students will test evidence and source material including identifying argumentative fallacies. 
  • Objective: Students will evaluate public texts as expressions and arguments about identity, experience, and power.

Goal: Students will demonstrate communication competence. 

  • Objective: Students will learn how to utilize and assess appropriate presentational strategies and technology based on situation, topic, and audience.
  • Students will consider the ways power and privilege are challenged/reinforced by media, form, and message.
  • Objective: Students will utilize these skills in a range of presentational formats.

Goal: Students will engage and generate critical discourse. 

  • Objective: Students will practice the engagement of discourse as constitutive of citizenship and democracy.
  • Objective: Students will synthesize creative thinking, research, and analysis to produce criticism.
  • Objective: Students will discern the relevance of a multiplicity of critical practices and theoretical approaches.