Weekly Readings

Week 1: Introduction to the unit.
Tutorial: Who are we? Understanding privilege and our relation to others
WATCH: Utopia [Required]

Week 2: The Truth About Stories is that that’s all there is…
Tutorial: Narrative as world making; conflicting narratives; stories through time

Reading: Hodges, Simon “What’s so special about storytelling for social change” Link

Read or Watch: King, Thomas “ You’ll never believe what happened” is always a great way to start” in The Truth About Stories, House of Anasi Press: Toronto, 2003. Link Also available as an audio lecture

Week 3: Deploying Semiotics: Understanding and using visual rhetoric
Tutorial: Applying visual rhetoric – in class exercises. Developing ideas for assignment one.

Reading: Visualising Information for Advocacy, Tactical Tech, pp.50 – 70.
https://visualisingadvocacy.org/getbook

Design Papers 1: Rhetorical Handbook Link

Week 4: Participatory media and political engagement
Tutorial: Class discussion – What counts as politics? Is it just “giving a shit”?

Wallis, Jake and Given, Lisa M., “#digitalactivism: New Media and Political Protest” New Monday Volume 21, Number 2 – 1 February 2016. http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5879

Tufekci, Zeynep, “The Medium and the Movement: Digital Tools, Social Movement Politics, and the End of the Free Rider Problem” Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2). Tufekci-2014-Policy_&_Internet

Karatzogianni, Athina ,“Beyond hashtags: how a new wave of digital activists is changing society” The Conversation, April 2016 http://bit.ly/29XdzOn

Week 5: Memes, modes and spreadable media
Tutorial: Analysis of memes and their use in social change movements. Creation of memes.

Meikle, Graham “Remix Cultures” in Social Media: Communication, Sharing and Visibility, Routledge: London, 2016, pp. 47-68 Meikle Social Media

Fairley, Gina “Viral Activism: Art Form of Our Times” Arts Hub http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/features/visual-arts/gina-fairley/viral-activism-art-form-of-our-times-246914

Week 6: Witnessing and Testimony: The ethics of activism and advocacy
Tutorial: Case studies and in class debate. Formation of groups for group assignment

Gregory, Sam, “Technology and Citizen Witnessing: Navigating the Friction Between Dual Desires for Visibility and Obscurity” Fibreculture Journal Issue 26 http://twentysix.fibreculturejournal.org/

Watch: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yB3n9fu-rM

Cole, Teju “The White-Saviour Industrial Complex” The Atlantic March 21 2012 http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-white-savior-industrial-complex/254843/

Week 7: Guest Lecture: Working with communities:
Tutorial:  Class Discussion Work on projects

Readings TBA

Week 8: Measuring Impact
Tutorial: Class Discussion Work on projects

Kelly, Alex Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2012 Fellowship Report! Exploring social change documentary film outreach, engagement and impact campaignsAlexKelly_Churchill report (from page 12)

Video for Change: Creating and Measuring Social Impact A Working Paper by the Video4Change Network.
Tanya Notley, University of Western Sydney, Andrew Lowenthal, EngageMedia and Sam Gregory, WITNESS
https://www.v4c.org/sites/default/files/video4change-impact-working-paper-2015_final.pdf

“Impact Playbook: Best Practices for Understanding the Impact of Media.” Harmony Institute. 2013.
https://www.bavc.org/sites/default/files/resource/Impact_Playbook.pdf

Week 9: Guest Lecture: Games and Social Impact
Tutorial:  Class Discussion Work on projects

Readings TBA

Week 10: Guest Lecture: Design for Change
Tutorial: Class Discussion Work on projects

Reading: TBA

Group presentation of research undertaken for projects

Week 11: Wrapping up
Tutorial: Class Discussion Group presentation of research undertaken for projects

Week 12: No lecture