This course will explore the impact and influence that media has on cultural norms and ideals, with particular attention to the many ways that media promotes and reinforces patterns of violence and oppression. This course will introduce the concept of media literacy, inviting participants to discuss and deconstruct popular media message in film, video, television, radio, music, print and on the Internet. Course content will also present research on the correlation between media consumption and early brain development, and the connection to changes in expected and accepted social norms. Students will have the opportunity to creatively conceptualize non-oppressive media, and the class will explore means to advocate for social responsibility within the media industry. Students will become more educated consumers of their media diet, and more powerful activists for appropriate media education and direction.