Social Justice Cinema: Marginalized Realities and Transnational Advocacy in Documentary Film
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NMGM 5012
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course explores how the norms for community representation and activism supported by some of the most well-known and often cited documentary films differ from the realities confronted by community members and activists participating in NGOs around the world. Discussions, screenings, readings, written assignments and filmmaking will enhance students' knowledge about different perspectives on labor organizing, racism, globalization, environmental justice, education, feminism and LGBTQ rights. In addition, students will deepen their awareness of ethical issues that arise in social justice advocacy, how individuals and nonprofits can use film to advocate for changes in public policy and private practice as well as the roles that information and technology play in advancing nonprofit work.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Junior students.

Not open to Sophomore students.