Teaching undergraduate students how to critically analyze a text is an important experience. However, it is not easy to do this because readings are often dense, and the process of writing and presenting a critique can be challenging for some students. In light of this, we have developed an assignment where students critically analyze music videos for their ideologies. In the assignment, students select three specific overt or latent content pieces from a music video and explain how those manifestations influence a particular ideology in a paper. Then they are asked to show the music video to their peers and give a synopsis of their paper. Finally, as students listen to presentations, they create a critique log to continuously analyze their peers’ arguments.
Pelliccio, Lukas John and Brown, Timothy
"Critical Thinking as a Pedagogical Approach: Using Critical/Cultural Studies to Analyze Music Videos,"
Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD: Vol. 6, Article 6.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol6/iss1/6
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