Students read and study the journalism of the U.S. civil rights movement (1954-1968) to understand its historical role
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement and the news media’s role in it;
- Show an ability to think critically, analytically, and originally about questions that arise in the course of class readings and discussions;
- Evaluate the quality of journalism from a different historical era (midcentury America), judged by the standards of its time, including by comparing different examples of the genre;
- Develop some ability with researching a subject by going beyond class assignments and discussions and pursuing independent work;
- Use the Rutgers databases and other advanced methods to find source material about a chosen research topic;
- Present independent research confidently to a group of one’s peers, without simply summarizing information or reading from a script.