Global Digital Activism

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COMM 270 920
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FERRARI, ELISABETTA

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This seminar examines the forms, causes, and consequences of global digital activism, defined broadly as activism associated with the use of digital media technologies (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones).  The goal is to provide students with a tool-kit for analyzing digital activism and to develop a critical understanding of the nature of contemporary activism and its implications for global social change. Major cases to be examined include the "Occupy Wall Street” and “Black Lives Matter” movements in the US, the Arab Spring, the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, internet activism in China. Students are required to conduct hands-on research on a contemporary case of digital activism for their final (textual or multimedia) project, which may be completed individually or in small groups.  

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