Foundations Of Mass Communication – com225 (3 credits)

This course surveys the basic theories of mass communication. Ethical and related problems of mass communication will be studied from contemporary and historical viewpoints. The course will encourage a critical analysis of the performance of mass media.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Print Media

  • Describe the historical and contemporary roles of print media in society.
  • Compare and contrast major publications in print media.
  • Analyze the influence of new technology on print media.

Electronic and Digital Media

  • Describe the historical and contemporary roles of electronic and digital media in society.
  • Explain how technological transitions shape electronic and digital media.
  • Analyze the influence of digital technology on electronic and digital media.
  • Describe research methods applied in mass communication.

Mass Media Messages

  • Identify the role of mass media in distributing public relations messages.
  • Analyze controversial issues in the entertainment industry.
  • Analyze the influence of new technology on advertising and news reporting techniques.

Mass Media Issues

  • Analyze the effects of mass media messages on society.
  • Compare and contrast authoritarian and libertarian styles of mass media.
  • Explain the interaction between mass media and government.

Law and Ethics in the Mass Media

  • Identify laws that apply to mass media.
  • Explain how laws affect mass media.

  • Analyze ethical issues in mass media.

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