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Kristin Louise Gustafson
BIS 313
Bothell Campus

Issues in Media Studies

Examines a variety of issues involved in understanding different forms of media and their impact on our lives, in contexts spanning from local to global, using a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches.

Class description

This 300-level course provides students an opportunity to understand and interrogate important trends, moments, decisions, and issues in the more than 200-year history of U.S. journalism. We will use examples found in case studies to guide us in our readings, reflection, and research. At the center of our learning are these five questions addressing journalism ideologies, practices, law, ethics, and technology: What assumptions have been made about journalism and democracy? What conventions do journalists maintain? What legal constraints or freedoms shape how journalism gets produced? How have journalism producers and consumers resolved ethical concerns? How can technology affect journalism content?

Student learning goals

Identify and interrogate important trends, moments, decisions, and issues in U.S. journalism history

Exercise a critical awareness that places contemporary media in a historical context

Articulate why we study journalism history, demonstrate an ability to find and evaluate historical documents, and produce original historical research

Demonstrate a proficiency in writing and re-writing university-level research paper

Demonstrate a proficiency in analyzing scholarly texts and presenting this analysis orally, visually, and in writing

Demonstrate a proficiency in collaborative learning, as expressed through teamwork, peer and self-evaluation, shared leadership, and active listening

General method of instruction

Actively and collaboratively learning through in-class discussions, Primary document analysis and presentation, Exams, News analysis, discussion, and methods of engagement with current events, Oral history presentation and paper

Recommended preparation

Knowledge of and interest in U.S. journalism and U.S. history are helpful but not necessary.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristin Louise Gustafson
Date: 08/08/2012