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.
We spend more time in a mediated (TV, cell phones, internet, etc.) environment than we do in real nature! But like fish swimming in water, most of us have little concept of what media are about, what they are doing to us and whether society is better or worse off as a result of 500+ TV channels, ipods, internet access or Xbox. And what do these media mean for your life? Think of this class as a laboratory where you learn, test ideas, debate (respectfully!) and expand your thinking of this mediated world that we inhabit. It’s your world – and the more you know about it the better off and more successful you will be in it!
Student learning goals
Enhance your critical thinking
Help you synthesize various and even contradictory material
Engage you in discussion and debate
Guide you in various theoretical and conceptual notions to mass media
Give you the tools you need to become a better modern citizen
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading