COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Section: 003 War and Popular Culture
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
5
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101 strongly recommended.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

As the New York Times pointed out in 2013, less than 0.5% of the US population serves in the military. Thus, the vast majority of Americans experience war only indirectly — through news coverage of military endeavors, or through the vast array of fictional media on war and the military. The latter topic is the focus of this class. Starting with the knowledge that fictional media and pop culture texts can contribute to individuals’ opinions, beliefs, and ideologies, we will address how books, film, and video games present both real and fictional conflicts. We will compare presentations of different wars, such as World War II and the Vietnam War, discuss narratives around pacifism, and critically assess the role of perspective in instances where a viewer or video game player directly takes on the identity of a soldier. Through these and other topics, students will work towards a greater understanding of the relationship between fictional media and real-life questions about war and foreign affairs, including how and why film and video games are seen as a critical part of the overall American military-industrial complex.

COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
30723
Open
25
25Comm St Major
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
002 (LEC)
P
30724
Open
25
25Comm St Major
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
003 (LEC)
P
27105
Open
25
25Comm St Major
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
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