An investigation into the relationship between the military and the media. Specifically, the course addresses the mass communication tactics and strategies used by military organizations. In addition to surveying literature about the nature and components of propaganda, students analyze the specific mediated composition of propaganda campaigns in recent history. The course utilizes research on the military and the media for an understanding of ongoing propaganda messages produced today.
Most current editions of the following:
Militainment, Inc.: War, Media, and Popular Culture
By Stahl, Roger Recommended
A Century of Media, a Century of War
By Andersen, Robin Recommended
By Bernays Edward Recommended
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
By Ellul, Jacques Recommended
Propaganda and Persuasion
By Jowett, Garth and Victoria O'Donnell Recommended
Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
By Chomsky, Noam Recommended
Triumph of the Will
By Riefenstahl, Dir. Leni Recommended
To become familiar with the historical and contemporary uses of propaganda.
To articulate the symbiotic relationship between media and propaganda.
To understand and recognize the elements and traits of propaganda material.
Understand and articulate the unique characteristics of mass communication mediums.
Identify historical trends within the military's use of mediated communication.
Recognize and articulate the evolution of propaganda as a communication and social method.
Identify individuals significant in the study and practice of propaganda.
Develop critical thinking and writing skills as they analyze propaganda artifacts.
Apply advanced level of organizational and analytical skills when discussing propaganda and persuasion research.
Demonstrate advanced level mastery of mass communication terminology and techniques.
Articulate critical analysis of the presence of propaganda in current military actions.
Understanding the complexity of mass communication mediums
Vilification of "The Military" and "The Media"
The elements of propaganda
Propaganda as a specific form and style of communication
Historical perspectives of propaganda
Institutional forms of propaganda
Propaganda and psychological warfare
Propaganda in contemporary society
Case studies of propaganda
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.