Power to poster

Sciences Po Le Havre - Course outline

Sciences Po campus Le Havre

Course description

Posters can be powerful vehicles for social change. Publishing a poster means to target an audience. Different categories of people are part of this audience: people who agree with the poster’s message, but also people who are undecided or people who are willing to rethink their positions. In any cases, posters educate about an issue. It can also inspire people to action. People may agree with a poster’s position without acting on it, and posters can encourage their involvement. They also let viewers know that others share their position. The intricacy to reach a very broad audience makes the making of a poster a very subtile exercise between communication and graphic design.

Whether they were created by well-known artists, like Robert Rauschenberg or Sister Corita Kent, or by others who were associated with grass-roots groups like the Gay Liberation Front or Another Mother for Peace, the posters offer an outlook on emerging political identities: including feminism, the “Black is Beautiful” movement, the American Indian movement, gay rights or the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

What about today? Women’s, gays, international human rights even animals or plants rights are still consistent theme.

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Pedagogical format

Brainstorming session between graphic design and political science students, with the objective of creating posters covers tee-shirt flyers cards that focuses on issues of political, economic and cultural change The students will be offered the opportunity to discover new printing techniques as they work together with ESADHaR students in the silk printing workshop, and contribute ideas to the group project.

Course Grade System

To be defined with the teacher in session 1

Course grade system

To be defined with the teacher in session 1

Detailed outline

Session 1: intruduction to the workshop
Session 2: brain storming session
Session 3: brain storming session
Session 4: group sessions introduction to silk printing machines, firt set
Session 5: experiments
Session 6: experiments
Session 7: experiments
Session 8: experiments
Session 9: final session
Session 10: final session
Session 11: final session
Session 12: final session