6 Weeks / Credit Bearing

Media Literacy, Popular Culture, & Democracy *CLOSED*

Shantel shares her experience in this program:

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*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Sat. June 30 & Sun. July 1 mandatory move-in & orientation 

Class runs July 2 – August 10, 2018 

CFE 200: Media Literacy: Media Education and Contemporary Culture

Media is teaching us something every day.  Media education motivates us to begin understanding what those lessons are.  This popular summer program for high school students examines media literacy and popular culture around three themes where youth, schooling, and popular culture intersect: (1) the cultural studies approach to media literacy and popular culture; (2) media representations of identity; and (3) youth’s perspectives on the media and their representation in them.  Students develop their analytical skills in cultural studies through readings, class discussions, class debates, film (video) screenings, guest speakers.  Individual and group projects will provide the framework for engaging specific topics (advertising, hip-hop culture, skater culture, etc.), texts and cultural forms.

Regular classes are Monday – Thursday 10am – Noon and 2- 4 p.m.  Fridays are used as a time to socialize so that we can get to know each other better. Strong relationships are cultivated through engaging in nonacademic activities such as having pizza parties, going on field trips, and listening to guest speakers.

*Students must be rising Juniors or rising Seniors to take this program (exceptions may apply).


WRT 104: Introduction to College Level Writing

Writing 104 is the required accompanying course to CFE 200.  This course provides an introduction to the kinds of writing that students will be expected to engage in at the university. Broadly stated, the goal for the course is to foster growth in writers by engaging in collaborative strategies to understand and compose complex texts. The course will have a strong emphasis on analysis and reflection as a means of developing a range of writing. This course does not substitute for WRT 105.

What’s the Deal?

  • Understand how media constructs our identity
  • Explore how power and authority are reinforced through media representations
  • Listen to and engage professional film, documentary, and radio producers
  • Construct your own media text
  • Analyze the relationship between media and U.S. democracy
  • Investigate race, gender, and class through understanding U.S. media representations
  • Enjoy working in teams on projects and class assignments
  • Earn 6 credits


Faculty Bio

Dr. Jeff Mangram,  Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

Having taught Social Studies to middle and high school students in both private and public schools for the last twenty-five years, Dr. Jeffery A. Mangram is a veteran teacher who teaches at both Manlius Pebble Hill School (independent school) and in the School of Education at Syracuse University, where he is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education.

Dr. Mangram received his B.A. (Policy Studies/Political Science), M.A. (Social Studies Education) and Ph.D. (Teaching and Curriculum) from Syracuse University. His dissertation, “Struggles over Meaning: Social Studies Teachers’ Perspectives of Media and Popular Culture” received the Syracuse University School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2006. His doctoral research revolved around the question of how social studies teachers thought about, negotiated, and used popular culture and media in the personal lives and in their pedagogical practices.

As a master teacher and scholar, Dr. Mangram presents at conferences and workshops across the U.S. He has presented at the American Education Research Association on a number of occasions, focusing on media education, high leverage pedagogical strategies, and issues related to urban education. In addition, Dr. Mangram is a sought after public speaker who has engaged audience at the local, state and national levels around a variety of issues including racial reconciliation and educational equity. He recently presented on active learning strategies at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Another of Dr. Mangram’s notable accomplishments was that he was a member of the 1987 S.U. football team which went undefeated and played in the 1988 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lastly, Dr. Mangram was selected to the 2015 Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments as well has his academic and scholarly endeavors.

About the School of Education

The School of Education, one of Syracuse University’s oldest and most prestigious colleges, has nearly a century-long tradition of producing some of the country’s finest educators.  One of the few comprehensive education colleges operating within a research university, it offers students an opportunity to learn and experience the latest in education theory and practice from renowned scholars.  Undergraduates choose from a wide variety of degree programs, which include inclusive elementary and special education, inclusive early childhood special education, health and exercise science, physical education, selected studies in education as well as secondary programs in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art and music education.

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About the Writing Program

The Writing Program offers a minor and a major in writing and rhetoric, with courses in digital writing, professional writing, public writing, creative nonfiction, advanced argument, peer consulting, and various courses in rhetorical traditions like African American rhetorics, rhetoric and identity, and rhetoric and literacy. The Writing Program is also home to a professionally staffed Writing Center and a nationally ranked Ph.D. Program in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric.

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