This course will examine the ways that the media participates in shaping social reality. Students will analyze and interpret the roles of the media, especially the news media, in a democratic society in regard to a variety of cultural, political, and economic problems. Fall, Spring.
This course will examine the way the mass media shapes public perception of a contemporary societal issue. Students will analyze and interpret the roles of the media in a democratic society and how media can sometimes change human understanding and behavior in regard to this issue. May be repeated for credit as "issues" change. Prerequisite: ITW. Occasionally.
Media coverage of environmental issues is analyzed from scientific, economic, political and legal perspectives. For both science and non-science majors, a clearer understanding of how the media covers the environment and the various institutional interests involved in that coverage results through critical analysis and research projects. Spring, even years.