AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?


Have you ever felt like some news stories receive a lot more coverage than others of equal importance? You’re not imagining it. In this media literacy course, you will study landmark research about media responses to ideologically motivated violence in the United States. Accurate representation matters. Misrepresentation can be dangerous.

Skills: Critical Thinking, Media Literacy, Religious Literacy

Time: Non-Credit 3 hours

Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development


Sold By: Institute for Social Policy and Understanding


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Hate crime or terrorism? Lone wolf or extremist? These words are often used to describe ideologically motivated violence in the United States. Their use by officers of the law and members of the media has impact on real cases. In this course you will examine the impact of media representation of Muslims. You will examine case studies in which perpetrators of similar crimes receive dramatically different legal and media responses. This empirical-based course compares media coverage, law enforcement tactics, charges, and eventual sentencing when the perpetrator of an act of ideologically motivated violence is perceived to be Muslim and acting in the name of Islam vs. not perceived to be Muslim and motivated by another ideology, such as white supremacy.


Take WISE Steps:

  • 2503. W – Watch informative videos.
  • 2503. I – Interact with timely research.
  • 2503. S – Study from leading experts.
  • 2503. E – Engage your colleagues and share your insights.

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