COMM 159 - First-year Seminar in Media Issues
Section: 001 Global World/Media Microclimates
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credits do not count toward the Communication Studies major requirements.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
First-year students only.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In the twentieth century, the United States became an economic and military superpower that boasted a profitable arsenal of media/communication technologies with a widely circulated commercial popular culture that altered the place of “America” in the world. Meanwhile, with the advent of satellite TV and the internet, the nation-state as the locus of modern politics and sociocultural identity was also changing. Global capitalism, human migration, and mass communication and media circulated with increasing breadth and intensity across borders and frontiers; the peoples of the world were coming together in new physical and virtual settings, particularly mediated ones. This seminar uses historical and contemporary case studies and theory to help you begin to make sense of global processes of change and of mass-mediated communication's role in these changes. It considers how the spread of U.S. popular culture and its appropriation by others has played overseas. We will examine processes through which European and non-Western cultures have blocked, taken up, or otherwise transfigured the forms of U.S. commercial cultural production at the national, transnational, and subnational level.

Intended Audience:

First-year students

Class Format:

Seminar twice per week for 1.5 hours each

COMM 159 - First-year Seminar in Media Issues
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Does not meet Communication Studies major requirements. First Year Student
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Does not meet Communication Studies major requirements. First Year Student
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