Content varies from quarter to quarter.
SIS490: Forms of Communication and Formation of Public Opinion This seminar will examine the historical development of some of the major forms of communication, including rumors, story telling, newspaper, magazine, TV, and the internet, and how they contributed to the formation of popular mentality and public opinion.
Student learning goals
Gain knowledge of the historical development of various forms of communication.
Examine the relationship between these forms of communication and formation of popular mentality and public opinion.
Learn to study a subject through historical perspective.
General method of instruction
Reading, discussion, writing.
Class assignments and grading
Readings, writing short essay/book reviews, leading discussions, participating in discussions.
Completing the above listed assignments.