This introductory course examines the way human rights and media, particularly journalism – are linked, both by tracing historical developments and discussing contemporary issues.
HR122 : Human Rights and Media
Professor Anya Luscombe
This introductory course examines the way human rights and media, particularly journalism – are linked, both by tracing historical developments and discussing contemporary issues. According to the United Nations, a free, uncensored, unhindered press or other media is essential in any society to ensure freedom of expression. Taking Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (freedom of speech and religion, freedom from want and fear) as our starting point, we will consider the role that journalists should and do play in relation to human rights. We will also examine the way human rights activists and marginalized groups use media in a time of changing media technologies and explore the connection between human rights and media literacy education.
The following are projects created by the class:
Burst Your Bubble Episode 1, A Podcast on Ideological Segregation by Beyond the Pale
As part of the course Human Rights & Media, students Lawson Mitchell, Cass Polga, Clydajane Dansdill and Bridget Pfeifer, begin to investigate the filter bubbles and echo chambers of the world beginning with the Bard College Campus.
Thinking Critically About Human Rights in the News Media
It includes several clips from interviews of residents of Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey regarding their media literacy and habits, as well as analyses of these interviews by Bard students, Photini Kamvisseli Suarez, Maggie Holloway and Isaac Taye.
The Rhetoric of Photojournalism
An introductory analysis by Mariel Cupp, Isabella Pignatello, and Walker Bankson