Introduces students to four core principles that undergird the study and practice of communication - communication literacy, research inquiry, theories and concepts, and community engagement. Principles discussed and developed in the context of international communication, political communication, and communication technology and society.
This course focuses on the role that mass communication plays in our daily lives, looking at both how it is produced and the way that it shapes our understandings of ourselves and our society.
Student learning goals
Critically engage with media messages, interpreting their intended meanings and potential effects.
Effectively participate in conversations regarding media practices and routines.
Describe how individuals interact with the media and how they interpret mediated messages.
General method of instruction
Lecture and small group discussions. There are no textbooks for this course; rather, required reading will include a collection of articles.
Class assignments and grading
The course will consist of three exams and two papers, as well as short assignments throughout the term.
Exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions based on lecture and readings. The paper grades will be based on grammar and clarity, meeting assignment requirements, appropriate incorporation of lecture material, and accuracy.