COMM 302: Media Theory

COMM 302-002: Foundations of Media Theory
(Fall 2016)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR

Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005

Section Information for Fall 2016

How have media and communication technologies transformed American culture and society? How does popular culture shape our identities and our understanding of the social world? How does the news shape our views on political issues? How have digital networking technologies transformed our everyday lives? 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. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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