Media And Society – com400 (3 credits)

The development and evolution of contemporary society have become inextricably intertwined with the development and use of electronic media within the past 100 years. This course explores the complex interactions involving society, information, communication, and the electronic media. Controversial topics that media have brought to the fore, and in some cases caused, will be highlighted.

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.

Sex, Violence, and Other Hot-Button Issues

  • Critique the use of sexual content in public communication.
  • Critique the social impact of new forms of immediacy and intimacy made possible by electronic communication.
  • Analyze the social effects of violence in the media.

Persuasion, Politics, and Propaganda

  • Identify intentional and unintentional forms of persuasion in the media.
  • Summarize the effects of bias in news presentation.
  • Critique the media's presentations of racial types and gender roles.
  • Assess the role of the web and Internet in affecting political points of view.

New Media Technologies, New Social Issues I

  • Evaluate the role of the Internet in social alienation.
  • Explain digital democracy and its possible effects.
  • Critique the digital divide in a global economy.

New Media Technologies, New Social Issues II

  • Analyze creativity and intellectual property rights in the online environment.
  • Explain the new role of copyright protection in cyberspace.
  • Assess the impact of digital surveillance on personal and professional lives.

Studying Media and Their Influence on Society

  • Summarize the history of media effects research.
  • Explain various methods of researching media effects.
  • Identify the interactions of information, entertainment, and communication.

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