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Adam F. Simon
COM 305
Seattle Campus

The Politics of Mass Communication in America

Role of mass audiences in politics from the standpoint of the communication strategies used to shape their political involvement. Topics include: social structure and political participation, political propaganda and persuasion, the political uses of public opinion, and the mass media and politics. Offered: jointly with POL S 305.

Class description

Description: This course is designed to introduce you to the major theories and methods implicated in the study of political communication. Our general theme will be the effects of the mass media on politics and American government. As such, we will be exploring the creation of news and other forms of political communications and examining their influence on elections and public policy-making. In the process, we willl also gain an understanding of the use of scientific methods in the study of politics and communication.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts: Allen, Cathy, Talking Back Politics and Bagdikian, Ben, Mediamonopoly.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Mid-term; final; course project.

Grading: Exams 45 % (25% mid-term,20% final) Project/presentation: 45 % Class/quiz participation: 10 % TOTAL: 100 %


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 07/08/2004