COMM3310 Modern Media and Society

Course Description

Students are introduced to the relationship between modern media and their dynamic interaction with culture.

This course addresses how everyday media users we create and consume information that is communicated through a variety of channels, or media. You will learn about various forms of mass media; the interaction between modern media and their dynamic interaction with culture; and the interrelationships among mass media, government, and society. You will also discuss how mediated messages affect issues faced by American democracy.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the structure of industries that use and produce mass media content.
  • Describe, use, and critique explanatory systems or theories that explain the potential effects of media content.
  • Identify key public policies concerning and governing media distribution.
  • Analyze one’s own media consumption and participation patterns.
  • Interpret media content in light of its rhetorical situation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make and defend a written argument that integrates concepts from the course and employs research skills.