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Dr. Betsy Brunner

Communicating About the Environment: Ecotourism and Endangered Landscapes

The ways we communicate about the environment deeply impact how we interact with it. This course introduces some of the basic concepts of environmental communication and how images, documentaries, and ecotourism can help preserve endangered landscapes.

Social Media and Social Movements

How Citizens Leverage Social Media Platforms for Protest: In the era of selfies, it is easy to dismiss social media. This course looks to social movements in the US and China to explore how citizens are using social media to fight for democracy.

Media Literacy

This short course teaches students how to critically examine sources and become a more responsible consumer of media.

State Standards

These presentations meet the following state education standards for high school students:

Media Arts

Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

MA:Re8.1.III Analyze the intent, meanings and impacts of diverse media artworks, considering complex factors of context and bias.


Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

MA:Re9.1.HS.III Independently develop rigorous evaluations of, and strategically seek feedback for media artworks and production processes, considering complex goals and factors.


English Language Arts/Literacy

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RH11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

RH11-12.8 Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.


Information and Communication Technology

Standard 2: Digital Citizen

ICT9-12.2.a Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

ICT9-12.2.b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

ICT9-12.2.d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data collection technology used to track their navigation online.

ICT9-12.3.a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.


Standard 3: Knowledge Constructor

ICT9-12.3.b Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.


Social Studies

U.S. History II

9-12.USH2.2.2.1 Analyze ways in which the physical environment affected political, social, and economic development.


American Government: Civics and Government

9-12.G.4.3.3 Identify the ways in which citizens can participate in the political process at the local, state, and national level.



9-12.E.3.2.2 Explain and illustrate the impact of economic policies and decisions made by governments, businesses, and individuals.