COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Fall 2022, Section 001 - The Media's Role in the Rise & Fall of Democracies
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 261 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In the wake of the 2020 election and the January 6th attack on the Capitol, many Americans were confronted for the first time with a harsh reality that people around the globe have struggled with for generations: that democracies are fragile. This course will examine the vital role that a strong free media system plays in strengthening fledgling democracies and the challenges they face as a democracy declines. We will discuss the delicate balance journalists in new democracies face in supporting democratic norms and institutions in places without strong traditions while simultaneously keeping political, military, and law enforcement officials in check. We will focus on global examples of democracies in peril and identify lessons and warning signs for nations where democratic traditions are well-established.



COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: No credits awarded to students who completed COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance Fall 2021, Section 001 - Post Trump era: A peace and solutions journalism approach to heal.
004 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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