POL S 452
Examines the foundations of the idea of public opinion in a democratic environment and the role of mass communication in the organization, implementation, and control of that opinion. Considers these relationships from the perspectives of societal elites, media, and citizens. Offered: jointly with COM 414.
Description: This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of public opinion. It examines the role of public opinion in a democracy; the relationship between mass media and public opinion; theories of public opinion and attitude change; and contemporary uses of public opinion.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course is a lecture/discussion class open to both communication and non-communication majors. While ostensibly designed to give communicators the legal knowledge they need to operate safely and freely in the professional world, the subject matter is such that it is both interesting and useful to anyone who is interested in the law, the mass media, or contemporary societal issues.
Texts. Mass Media Law, 2001 - 2002 edition.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments. Three exams and written work in quiz section.