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Mass Media and Popular Culture

8:00 Seminar

This course introduces students to the field of mass media and cultural studies. The course is designed to help students develop an ability to look critically at messages of mass media including television, radio, internet, movies, and documentary as well as media dependents such as advertising. The central focus of the course is on examining how mass media messages play a role in our lives. Students will also be introduced to mass media theories and the impacts of new media. The course has the following learning objectives:

1) Understanding the American mass media and their powerful effects

2) Understanding the relationships between mass media and American culture

3) Developing critical thinking ability of analyzing media messages

4) Developing critical writing ability of analyzing media messages