Consuming and Creating Culture

Full Course Title: 
Consuming and Creating Culture: Learning to Live in Meanings and Bodies
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 193: TR 3:30-4:45 pm
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Section 194: TR 5:00-6:15 pm
Fall 2018
Global Issues

In this course we’ll explore how we construct meaning in a world saturated with media. Students will develop media literacy skills to critically analyze a variety of mediums or tools of artistic expression including video, audio, painting, writing, memes, and creative cultural resistance or “culture jamming.” These skills of analysis will inform the creation of projects that explore how these differing tools of expression affect the content and the consumer.

We will analyze the material, historical, social, cultural, and embodied contexts that impact the social construction of media. What does it mean to consume culture? What happens to the consumer? What happens to the consumed? Is there authenticity in representation?

We will create projects utilizing a variety of mediums to explore topics like representation, social media, participatory culture, memes, transmediation, and knowledge production. What is lost in transmission? What is gained? How is social media impacting connection and communication? How does the medium impact our methods for producing and managing knowledge claims? How do we know? How do we mean?


Shipley, Wes

Wes Shipley is an Appalachian alum, earning his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a dual Master's degree in Higher Education: Teaching and Educational Media: New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives. Wes has taught classes on Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning, and Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone. Wes's academic interests include critical theory, social justice, education, and media literacy.

Wes believes we live in a rapidly changing world and that education is a key element in helping us to collectively meet the emergent challenges we face. Considering his role as an educator to be a facilitator of challenging conversations, critical thinking, reflection, metacognition, significant learning, and the development of resilient and adaptive skills he looks forward to working with First Year Seminar students at the beginning of an exciting journey.

Outside of academia Wes lives in a tiny treehouse with his partner Rachael and their pupper Sasha and enjoys gardening, hiking, and practicing acroyoga.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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