Current Events (Online)

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? This course fulfills a Histories, Places and Philosophies requirement for Humanities and Sciences. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course is asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, the course is 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. 

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work. 

Required textbook:
See for a list of required textbooks.

Register Before: August 18
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 May 10 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

HS 3520 20 FA21
Date Start: 
Monday, August 23, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, December 10, 2021
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
Online Classes