Current Events

This course examines through various lenses the ways in which contemporary events circulate in the news, from hard_-copy newspapers to online blogs, from trained journalists to eyewitness observers, and from social media venues to emerging media forms. Individuals in this course engage deeply with the local, national, and international news and explore the many sides to contemporary issues, covering a range of events, topics, and regions. Key to understanding the contemporary news is not only developing a sense of how history can repeat itself but also learning to employ strategies of critical literacy in order to examine information in greater depth and detail. How do political speeches, authority figures, media pundits, and public opinion polls influence and get influenced by contemporary events as represented in the news? What strategies and paths might help the contemporary global citizen be accurately and also critically informed about the world today? / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies here.

How does an online course work at MCAD?
Most online courses are primarily or fully asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Some classes do include a weekly or bi-weekly synchronous meeting. Instead, courses are project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week, and students can choose a time and place that works best for them to complete the work. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of a 1 credit course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit.

Required Textbook: See the MCAD Art Cellar and Bookstore for a list of required textbooks.

Please Register Before: January 17
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.
Class Savings
Register on or before January 18 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
Additional savings. Are you eligible?
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

HS 3520 20 SP19
Date Start: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Date End: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Online - Asynchronous
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
Online Classes