COMM 488 - Special Topics in Media Effects
Section: 202 Media and International Affairs
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 381 strongly recommended.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Mass media have become integral to how we gain knowledge and information about world events. This course covers a range of media outlets: news media, Hollywood films, documentaries, "fictional documentaries," graphic novels and television dramas. Some questions raised in the course include: What is the "CNN Effect"? Does the mainstream media still set policy and news agendas or has the advent of new media technologies (especially social media and blogs) ended that monopoly in how we experience or perceive international news? Can news media be held accountable for the outcomes of political events? Are documentary films reflective of "real life" or what famed documentarian John Grierson called "the raw material of actuality"? Can graphic novels pass as historical documents? The readings will be complemented by a number of film screenings both inside and outside the classroom.

COMM 488 - Special Topics in Media Effects
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201 (LEC)
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76696
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15
 
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MWF 12:00PM - 2:00PM
202 (LEC)
P
76697
Open
12
 
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TuWTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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