COMM 488 - Special Topics in Media Effects
Section: 201 Satire, Media and Politics
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 381 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers an in depth look at the role of satire in political communication. We will begin with a broad overview of humor in order to establish satire's position. We then define political satire's role historically, tracing its roots from Vuadeville to radio and early TV. We will seek to understand the position of fake news vis-à-vis traditional "hard news" formats, soft news, and late night comedy respectively. We will look at the role political humor plays in shaping political knowledge, politcal engagement, election, and social attitudes. In order to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of satire, media, and politics, this course combines the effects tradition and critical studies tradition by drawing from the fields of social psychology, political science, and media studies.

COMM 488 - Special Topics in Media Effects
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201 (LEC)
MWF 12:00PM - 2:00PM
202 (LEC)
TuWTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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