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Mass Media and Society
MASS MEDIA
CLASS CODE: COMM 140 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Surveys historical and contemporary mass media and explores their current issues, with particular emphasis on societal impacts of and on the media.
DESCRIPTION: Surveys mass communication and their contemporary issues, with particular emphasis on societal impacts of and on the media.
TOPICS: Mass media overview.
A spin around the Internet.
Media's effects on you.
Media and society.
Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, Movies, Television
Journalism.
Public Relations.
Political systems.
Media law.
Ethics.
Media of the future.
OBJECTIVES: The overall objective is to build a broad background and foundation from which to provide context for and perspective to more specialized studies. The second objective is to help students become a more informed consumer of the mass media, thus helping to better capture its tremendous power and influence for good.

This course will teach about mass communication from a larger perspective rather than from just respective disciplines in the communication field. It will define which developments, events and people from the past have influenced and shaped the media of today and who the key players and organizations are.

It will acquaint the student with:
1. How the various media came to be, what their role is in society today and where they are headed for in the future.
2. How the media affects and is affected by individuals and society.
3. How the various media interact, intersect and integrate with each other.
4. How the media goes about informing, entertaining and provoking thought among the masses.
REQUIREMENTS: Required elements:
Class participation;
Exams;
Student-choice elements;
Personal projects;
Course portfolio.
PREREQUISITES: Communication major or minor or consent of Instructor.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002