Foundations Of Mass Communications – xcom225 (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 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Electronic Media

  • Explain how technological transitions shape electronic media.
  • Describe the historical and contemporary roles of electronic media in society.

Digital Media

  • Analyze the influence of digital technology on digital media.
  • Describe the interaction between mass media, new technology, and the public.

Mass Media Messages

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

Mass Media Issues

  • Analyze controversial issues in the entertainment industry.
  • Explore the effects of mass media on globalization.

Government and the Media

  • 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

  • Explain how laws affect mass media.
  • Analyze ethical issues in mass media.
  • Identify laws that apply to mass media.

Effects of Mass Media Messages

  • Analyze effects of mass media messages in society.

Print Media

  • Describe the historical and contemporary roles of print media in society.
  • Compare and contrast major publications in the print media.

Technology and the Print Media

  • Describe types of new technology that affect the print media.
  • Analyze the influence of new technology on the print media.

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