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Patricia Moy
POL S 452
Seattle Campus

Mass Media and Public Opinion

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Texts. Mass Media Law, 2001 - 2002 edition.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments. Three exams and written work in quiz section.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 02/19/2009