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Teaching Advertising for the Public Good.

Rutherford, and Cownie, F., 2020. Teaching Advertising for the Public Good. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 15 (2), 162-177.

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Evidence that citizens and consumers demand meaningful changes from brands and organisations in addressing urgent social and environmental challenges (Porter & Kramer, 2019) grows by the day. Even such traditionally conservative institutions as the Bank of England have warned that companies and industries which do not respond to the demand for environmental activism will be punished by investors and consumers (Carrington 2019). As a result, brands and organisations – and the agencies charged with ensuring their continued relevance and viability – need employees able to respond creatively and effectively to these challenges. This article outlines how these issues informed the recent fundamental redesign of an MA Advertising programme in order to ‘get out in front of’ the resulting three important trends: 1. The demand by consumers that brands and organisations commit to meaningful changes to their practices in order to address our world’s urgent social and environmental challenges, 2. The demand by brands and agencies for graduates able to design strategies and materials that respond creatively and effectively to these challenges, and 3. The demand by university applicants that programmes prepare them for careers in which they can ‘make a difference’. This paper will explain how these factors informed the recent (2020) fundamental redesign of a UK MA Advertising programme which will prepare student practitioners to meet the needs of industry and to pursue a personally fulfilling career by engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals by promoting Quality Education (UNSG 4), contributing to sustainable Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (UNSG 9), developing Responsible Consumption and Production (UNSDG 12) and most urgently addressing Climate Action (UNSDG 13).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Advertising; Brands; Climate Crisis; Higher Education; UN Sustainable Development Goals
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:34213
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:26 Jun 2020 14:34
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:22


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