MEF films are an essential part of many courses. They are taught in a variety of subjects and classes, and paired with a wide range of articles, books, and other films. Below is a small sampling of syllabi which include an MEF film as part of the course.

We hope that these lessons and course descriptions, created by other professors and educators at universities across the country, will give you some teaching ideas and perhaps inspire you for your own class! Do you teach with an MEF film? Please share your syllabus with us!

LGBT Representation
Temple University
Adrienne Shaw
Media Studies & Production 4425 / LGBT Studies 3400
MEF films: Off the Straight & Narrow and Further Off the Straight & Narrow

Body Image, Media & Eating: A Socio-Psychological Perspective
University of Virginia
Matthew S. Zimmerman, Psy.D., ABPP, Assistant Director, Director of Training, UVa Student Health, Counseling & Psychological Services
MEF films: Tough Guise and Killing Us Softly 4

Sex, Gender & Society
Dartmouth University
Jennifer L. Fluri, PhD
MEF films: The Codes of Gender

Cross-cultural Theory and Practice: Issues of Race, Gender and Class
Cheryle L. Roberts Smothers, MSW, LCSW
Social Work 102
MEF films: Killing Us Softly 4

Global Media and Society
Florida International University
Carlos Suris, PhD
MEF films: The Mean World Syndrome. The Crisis of the Cultural Environment. Mickey Mouse Monopoly, and Killing Us Softly 4.

Teaching Violence and Video Games with Joystick Warriors
Teaching Media Quarterly, Volume 7, Issue 2: Teaching Mediated Violence, 2019
Alex McVey, Kansas State University
MEF films: Joystick Warriors

Communication Theory and Criticism
University of Oregon
Carl Bybee, PhD
Journalism 388
MEF films: The Date Rape Backlash, Dreamworlds 2, and bell hooks: cultural criticism & transformation.

Human Sexuality
Semester at Sea
Toni Schindler Zimmerman, PhD
Psychology 228
MEF films: Red Moon and The Price of Pleasure.

Sociology of Food
Semester at Sea
Michelle M. Camacho, PhD
Sociology 3595
MEF films: Feeding Frenzy

Introduction to Mass Media
Western Washington University
Tim A. Pilgrim, PhD
Journalism 190
MEF films: Killing Us Softly 3 and Tough Guise.

Environmental and Resource Conflict
University of Wyoming
Nevin T. Aiken, PhD
Political Science/International Studies 4710/5710
MEF films: Blood and Oil

Teaching Masculinity with MEF’s Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2
Teaching Media Quarterly, Volume 7, Issue 2: Teaching Mediated Violence, 2019
Donica O’Malley, Northeastern University
MEF films: Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2

Sociology of Culture
University of Vermont
Thomas Streeter, PhD
Sociology 250
MEF films: Class Dismissed

Journalism & Democracy
Westchester Community College
Carol Smith-Passariello, PhD
Communications 103
MEF films: The Myth of the Liberal Media

Problems & Ethics in Journalism
University of Florida
Daniel Axelrod, PhD
Journalism 4700
MEF films: Rich Media Poor Democracy, Myth of the Liberal Media, Framing an Execution, Toxic Sludge is Good for You, Hijacking Catastrophe, Constructing Public Opinion, and The Mean World Syndrome.

Development and Globalization
Temple University
Ben Marcus, PhD
Sociology 0862
MEF films: Blood and Oil

Women’s Sexuality and the Body
San Diego State University
Kimala Price, PhD
Women’s Studies 360
MEF films: Killing Us Softly 4

Mass Communication and Society
The Ohio State University
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, PhD
Communications 3440
MEF films: The Codes of Gender, The Killing Screens, and The Mean World Syndrome.

Media Studies
University of Rhode Island
Renee Hobbs, EdD
Communications 520
MEF films: Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media.

Sociology of Media
San José State University
Mitra Rokni, PhD
Sociology 140
MEF films: Killing Us Softly, Tough Guise, Hip Hop: Beats and Rhymes, Reel Bad Arabs, Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media, Class Dismissed, and Further Off the Straight and Narrow.

Children, Youth and Digital Culture
American University
Margot Susca, PhD
Communications 515
MEF films: Tough Guise 2 and Killing Us Softly.

MMC 4704: Media, Representation, and Diversity
Florida Atlantic University
Christine Scodari, Professor, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies
MEF films: Class Dismissed, Tough Guise 2, Reel Bad Arabs, Further Off the Straight & Narrow, Consuming Kids, Joystick Warriors, and Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes.

Political Communication
Lewis-Clark State College
Leif Hoffman, PhD
Political Science/Communications 370
MEF films: The Mean World Syndrome, Constructing Public Opinion, and Militainment, Inc.

Art, Activism and African Diasporas in Contemporary Europe
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Anna Schrade, PhD
Social Thought and Political Economy 493H
MEF films: Stuart Hall: Race, the Floating Signifier.

Globalization and the City
University of Pennsylvania
Arjun Shankar, PhD
Urban Studies 457/Sociology 435
MEF films: No Logo

Introduction to Media Psychology
Fielding Graduate University
Pamela Rutledge, PhD, MBA
MEF films: Killing Us Softly

Sports Journalism
Suffolk County Community College
Thomas Caulfield, PhD
MEF films: Not Just a Game

Professional Social Work at the Masters Level
Indiana University
Susan Larimer, MSW, LCSW, Khadija Khaja, MSW, PhD, Akanke Omorayo Adenrele, MSW, LCSW
Social Work 501
MEF films: Killing Us Softly 4

Exploring American Culture: Popular and Consumer Culture
University of Washington
David S. Goldstein, PhD
Interdisciplinary Studies 365
MEF films: Advertising and the End of the World, Killing Us Softly 3, No Logo, Tough Guise, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy. 

Introduction to Media Studies
University of Central Oklahoma
J. Kole Kleeman, PhD
Mass Communication 2073/14475
MEF films: Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.

Qualitative Research Methods
University of Oslo
Birgitte Verne, PhD
Information Systems 5220
MEF films: Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media.

Introduction to Politics/Introduction to US Government
Diablo Valley College
John Kropf, PhD
Political Science 120/Political Science 121
MEF films: Constructing Public Opinion

U.S. Government/U.S. Government Advanced Placement
College Park High School
John Kropf, PhD
MEF films: Constructing Public Opinion and The Myth of the Liberal Media

International Relations
Diablo Valley College
John Kropf, PhD
Political Science 250
MEF films: Blood and Oil and Hijacking Catastrophe.

Advanced Topics in the Social Foundations of Education
Florida International University
R.V. Farrell, PhD
Education 7937
MEF films: Advertising and the End of the World and Mickey Mouse Monopoly.

The US and the Modern Middle East
Bard College/Al-Quds University
Nadim Khoury, PhD
MEF films: Reel Bad Arabs

Women and Violence
San Diego State University
Anh Hua, PhD
Women’s Studies 572
MEF films: Killing Us Softly 3, Tough Guise, and Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.

Gender, Race, Class & Media
University of Central Oklahoma
J. Kole Kleeman, PhD
Mass Communication 3233/24758
MEF films: The Codes of Gender, Consuming Kids, The Illusionists, Class Dismissed, Further off the Straight and Narrow, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Tough Guise 2, Pornland, Generation M, Remote Control, and Brand New You.

Intro to Women and Gender Studies
George Mason University
Jennifer Miller, PhD
Women’s Studies 200
MEF films: Generation M and Killing Us Softly.

Images, Sounds, Cultures 1
Izmir University of Economics
Derya Özkan, Öğr
Cinema and Digital Media/Political Science and International Relations
MEF films: Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media and Reel Bad Arabs.

Dimensions of Culture 3: Imagination
University of California, San Diego
Jeff Gagnon, PhD
Dimensions of Culture 3
MEF films: Tough Guise 2 and Killing Us Softly 4

Philosophy of Love and Sex
University of Oregon
Bonnie Mann, PhD
Philosophy 170
MEF films: Tough Guise and Flirting With Danger.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Tathagatan Ravindran, PhD
Anthropology 302
MEF films: Killing Us Softly and Tough Guise.

Introduction to Sociology
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Sofya Aptekar, PhD
Sociology 101
MEF films: Tough Guise 2.

Psychology of Gender
University of Virginia
Mikki Hebl, PhD
Psychology 3559-101
MEF films: Generation M and Tough Guise.

Boys, Masculinities and Schooling
University of North Dakota
Marcus Weaver-Hightower, PhD
Education 590
MEF films: Tough Guise.

Introduction to Sociology
American River College
Nidal Hijazi, PhD
Sociology 300
MEF films: Tough Guise, Killing Us Softly, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy. 

Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
University of Hawai’i
Crystal Cooper, PhD
Women’s Studies 151
MEF films: Tough Guise.

Stereotypes in Media
The Ohio State University
Felecia G. Jones Ross, PhD
Communication 4445
MEF films: Latinos Beyond Reel, Tough Guise 2, and Killing Us Softly 4.

Sociology of Identity
University of Texas at Austin
Brandon Andrew Robinson, PhD
Sociology 308
MEF films: Tough Guise.

Sociocultural Studies in Education
Miami University
Educational Leadership 204
MEF films: Dreamworlds 2 and Tough Guise.

Dual (Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence) Program Training
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
MEF films: Tough Guise and Killing Us Softly.

Social Inequality/Diversity
Chapman University
Sociology 225
MEF films: Tough Guise and Advertising and the End of the World.

Psychology of Women
Kingsborough Community College
Psychology 37
MEF films: Killing Us Softly

Hip Hop Cultures
Ithaca College
Culture, Race and Ethnicity 21300
MEF films: Tough Guise

Mass Media and the Law
Athabasca University
Communication Studies 311
MEF films: Dreamworlds 2.

American Media and the Politics of Representation
Wesleyan University
African American Studies 306/Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 308
MEF films: Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media.

Artistic Expression in a Global Society
Florida International University
Interdisciplinary Studies 3336
MEF films: Dreamworlds 3

Communication Theory and Analysis
Athabasca University
Communication Studies 301
MEF films: The Killing Screens and Killing Us Softly.

The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination
Wesleyan University
Psychology 361
MEF films: Killing Us Softly 4.

Sociology of Children and Childhood
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Donna King, PhD
Sociology 305
MEF films: Mickey Mouse Monopoly, Game Over, and What a Girl Wants.

Diversity, Visual Culture, and Pedagogy
Penn State
Art Education 812
MEF films: The Codes of Gender, Tough Guise, Killing Us Softly 4, What a Girl Wants, Mickey Mouse Monopoly, Dreamworlds 3, Further of the Straight and Narrow, and Reel Bad Arabs.

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