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CURRENT EVENTS & MASS MEDIA

In this course we will take a historical and contemporary look at issues in international politics, the global economy, and popular culture.This course provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues that frequent newspapers, television news, and other popular media and fuel the controversies that both divide our population here in the United States and around the globe. 

Course Objectives:

  • become more aware of the major issues of the day and become more informed citizens
  • be able to conduct research on current event topics using reliable websites and other sources 
  • form, support and express views and opinions on the major issues
  • learn to tolerate and coexist with people possessing viewpoints and beliefs that differ from their own
  • become more aware of media bias and become more media-literate
The abundance of information in our world today can be overwhelming, especially when we do not realize that some sources are more dependable than others. It is easy to be misled when we do not take time to explore issues with care.

Key Questions:
What information can we trust?

How do we know what is right or wrong?
Are we able to see truth in many viewpoints, while realizing that not all opinions are equal?


DATECLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
Wednesday
September 5
TOPIC: Introduction to CURRENT EVENTS & MASS MEDIA

CLASS PRESENTATION: A Sampling of Websites

- ProCon.org
- Global Issues
-
Huffington Post vs. Drudge Report
- AND
The Onion (which people believe more often than you might expect) 
Thursday
September 6
FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
TOPIC: What is MEDIA LITERACY?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
The Illusion of Choice
2.
MEDIA LITERACY

DAILY ASSIGNMENT:
Current Events ANALYSIS
Friday
September 7
TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: MEDIA LITERACY

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS

Proposed Topic - Recent Documentary: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN
- Check out website
- Email me (by end of study hall on Sunday evening) your vote - Yes OR No
Monday
September 10
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 1

ASSIGNMENT: Keep a list of topics (interesting? confusing? inspirational? disturbing?) from the documentary that we can discuss when done.
Tuesday
September 11
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 12TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 1

ASSIGNMENT: Keep a list of topics (interesting? confusing? inspirational? disturbing?) from the documentary that we can discuss when done.

MOVIE TRIP??? - Currents Events + World Cultures classes to see Crazy Rich Asians (leave 5:50/return 9:00)  
Thursday
September 13
**TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 2

ASSIGNMENT: Keep a list of topics (interesting? confusing? inspirational? disturbing?) from the documentary that we can discuss when done. 
Friday
September 14
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Frontline, OUR MAN IN TEHERAN - Part 2 
Monday
September 17
TOPIC: News - Knowledge - Perspective ... How Accurate Is Our Perception?

CLASS ACTIVITY: De-briefing - Crazy Rich Asians & OUR MAN IN TEHERAN

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS

NEXT TOPIC? Vote for: CONTENT (specific event in the news - give 2-3 choices) OR PROCESS (how the media works AND works on us)
Tuesday
September 18
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 19TOPIC: What is MEDIA LITERACY?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Crash Course in Media Literacy #1 - Introduction to Media Literacy
2. 
MEDIA LITERACY

ASSIGNMENT - Check out these YouTube clips (internet permitting):
1.
History of Media Literacy, Part 1 - Crash Course in Media Literacy #2
2. History of Media Literacy, Part 2 - Crash Course in Media Literacy #3  
Thursday
September 20
**TOPIC: What Shapes your PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE?

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Who Would You Kill? - Test your moral intuitions
2. Follow-up to the Trolley Problem - Should You Kill the Backpacker?
3. Would You Eat Your Cat?
4. Staying Alive

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Submit a brief reaction to each game/experiment  
Friday
September 21
TOPIC: What Shapes your PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE?

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
Integrity and Work Ethics Test (20 minutes)
2. The Moral Sense Test: Disgust/Social/Morality/Judge/Psycho/Judge
3. LONG Integrity and Work Ethics Test  (60 minutes)

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Submit a brief reaction to each game/experiment  
Monday
September 24
TOPIC: #MeToo Movement

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The Long Battle Against Sexual Harassment
2. Video Clip - Why Hasn't Sexual Harassment Disappeared?
3.
Video Clip - #MeToo: Women Share Stories of Sexual Harassment

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
1. READ - #MeToo Floods Social Media With Stories of Harassment and Assault
2. Your Opinion - What Is Your Reaction to the #MeToo Movement?
Tuesday
September 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 26TOPIC: 
Thursday
September 27
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Friday
September 28
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Monday
October 1
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Tuesday
October 2
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 3
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Thursday
October 4
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Friday
October 5
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Monday
October 8
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Tuesday
October 9
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 10
TESTING: PSATs

Thursday
October 11
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Friday
October 12
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Monday
October 15
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Tuesday
October 16
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 17
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Thursday
October 18
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Friday
October 19
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Monday
October 22
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Tuesday
October 23
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 24
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Thursday
October 25
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Friday
October 26
END OF FIRST QUARTER

TOPIC:
Monday
October 29
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Tuesday
October 30
NO CLASS
Wednesday October 31TOPIC: 
Thursday
November 1
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Friday
November 2
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Monday
November 5
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Tuesday
November 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 7TOPIC:
Thursday
November 8
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Friday
November 9
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Monday
November 12
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Tuesday
November 13
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 14TOPIC: 
Thursday
November 15
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Friday
November 16
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Monday
November 19
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Tuesday
November 20
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 21TOPIC: 
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday
November 26
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Tuesday
November 27
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 28TOPIC: 
Thursday
November 29
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Friday
November 30
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Monday
December 3
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Tuesday
December 4
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 5
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Thursday
December 6
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Friday
December 7
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Monday
December 10
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Tuesday
December 11
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 12
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Thursday
December 13
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Friday
December 14
TOPIC: 
WINTER VACATION
Tuesday
January 8
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 9
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Thursday
January 10
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Friday
January 11
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Monday
January 14
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Tuesday
January 15
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Wednesday
January 16
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Thursday
January 17
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Friday
January 18
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Monday
January 21
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Tuesday
January 22
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 23
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Thursday
January 24
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Friday
January 25
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Monday
January 28
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Tuesday
January 29
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Wednesday
January 30
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
January 31
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS 
Friday
February 1
POST-EXAM BREAK: NO CLASSES