Theoretical and practical analysis of the content, structure, and context of mediated communication in the United States. Students use cultural, critical, and rhetorical strategies to evaluate media content. Prerequisites: COMM 214 and 3 hours of upper-level Communication coursework.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
COMM 214 and 3 hours of upper-level Communication courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Noam Chomsky Recommended
By Naomi Klein Recommended
Globalization and Media
By Jake Lule Recommended
By Marcel Daresi Recommended
Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
By Henry Jenkins Recommended
Media and Society: A Critical Perspective
By Arthur Asa Berger Recommended
To demonstrate a knowledge of terms and concepts of contemporary media studies.
To understand the economic, social, political impact of media industries.
To evaluate the implications of advancements in new media and information technologies.
To analyze mediated messages critically, culturally, and rhetorically.
Analyze mediated messages, issues, and cases from a critical perspective.
Use appropriate terminology to discuss media criticism.
Distinguish traits and components of several mass communication forms.
Identify and use media criticism theories.
Compare and contrast mediated messages in form and content.
Display competence in meta-criticism.
Social Impact and significance
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.