Fall 2018 Special Course Spotlight: Human Centered Design

Fall 2018 Special Course Spotlight: Human Centered Design

Human Centered Design: Designing Cross-Cultural Media Collaborations

Journalism and communications wouldn’t be what it is today without those looking to make positive change in the world. The fall 2018 special course Human Centered Design: Designing Across Cross-Cultural Media Collaborations, is made specifically for students who are planning to change the way the media approaches cross-cultural movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. The course will be taught by Myrton Running Wolf, Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and will focus on applying the principles of design thinking to the issues of race and gender in the media to solve problems.

Design thinking and what it means for the media

Design thinking, a concept more often applied to engineering and technology fields, is an interdisciplinary approach to solving big problems, meaning professionals from different fields collaborate to foster innovation across industries. According to Running Wolf, it often looks something like when a heart surgeon and materials science engineer come together to create a life-saving technology.

This class will change your perspective

This class will teach you how to approach complex and often difficult to talk about problems with innovative, out-of-the-box solutions. Running Wolf puts it this way: he wants you to challenge the idea that diversity and inclusion are empty buzz words and get you to look at how you can use media production to intervene in some of our society’s cultural, racial and gender inequalities in a way that is not conflict based.

Here’s how it will prepare you for the real world

Though the course is very forward in its thinking, according to Running Wolf, it will prepare you with both the background knowledge and critical thinking necessary to create high-quality, high-impact media that communicates effective and important messages clearly. Plus, students will get experience in how to navigate conversations around highly sensitive topics in a professional way. All of these are vital skills to communicators whether you work in news, broadcast or strategic communications.

Here’s what to expect

Since this course deals with some complex concepts and theories, you can expect to learn practice-based research. This means that you’ll both learn the theory behind race and gender and the way it operates in media, as well as work in the practical aspects of creating the media itself. Running Wolf believes that this allows students to engage on a deeper level with what they’re learning and become better professionals in the long run.

For more information or to register for Human Centered Design: Designing Cross-Cultural Media Collaborations, JOUR 455.1001, visit: my.nevada.unr.edu. 

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