Variable Topics in Education: Introduction to Critical Media Literacy
Fall 2021 - Professor Share is definitely my favorite professor at UCLA; I've yet to have another instructor who values student engagement as much as he does. The low stakes, reasonable workload, and accessible readings allow us to prioritize learning over grades and affording the course materials. Throughout the quarter, there are many activities that allow students to interact and establish a sense of community among each other and express our comprehension of the material through a multitude of creative modes: TikTok, memes, drawing, photography, podcasting, etc. As for the curriculum itself, everything we've learned is easily applicable to the world. Because of this course, I've noticed major improvements in my abilities to think critically, detect media bias, and comprehend how media either challenges or perpetuates assumptions about various social groups. If you ever get the opportunity to take this class (or any other class) with Share, I highly recommend it!