Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

COMM 302: Foundations of Media Theory

COMM 302-002: Foundations of Media Theory
(Fall 2017)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Krug Hall 242

Section Information for Fall 2017

Paparazzi

How does popular culture help shape our identities and our understanding of the social world? How does the news shape our understandings of political and social issues? How have digital networking technologies and social media transformed politics as well as social interaction in everyday life? In this course, we will examine a variety of theories addressing the complex relationships between media producers, technologies, content, and audiences, and we will also explore how each theoretical perspective emerged in response to particular historical and political circumstances. Finally, in our discussions, we will attempt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective, and how each theory helps us better understand our relationship to the contemporary media environment.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Provides a comprehensive review of mass communication and media theory, focusing on media effects and the complex relationships between media producers, messages, technologies, and users/audiences. Examines role of media in news, politics, and popular culture. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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