Syllabus - Comm. 413W - Mass Media and the Public Dr. Mike...

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Comm. 413W — Mass Media and the Public TTH 4:15-5:30 Dr. Mike Schmierbach Office: 217 Carnegie Mobile #: 814-933-9934 Office #: 814-865-9582 Course overview: This class explores social-level and political theories of the relationships between media and public, media influences on public opinion, social pressure on the media and political communication. Objectives: Students who successfully complete assigned coursework should develop the following skills: Familiarity with the basic theories linking media and public Ability to critique scholarly media research in this area Appropriate skepticism toward politically related media Increased skill with written argumentation Policies: My guiding standard is that you are adults, with the rights and responsibilities that go along with that status. In particular, please note the following: All students should behave in a way that does not disrupt the ability of other students to learn. Activities such as talking, texting, reading or sleeping during class, arriving late or departing early are potentially disruptive. If you feel that another student is hindering your learning, please let me know. Students are responsible for communicating any special circumstances or needs. This includes pre-arranged absences or potential absences. o Note to students with disabilities: Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS), located in 116 Boucke Building, at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit their Web site at Please notify me as early in the semester as possible regarding the need for reasonable academic adjustments. If you have any questions or concerns about grades or other course materials, please let me know. I’m happy to explain grades and consider rationales for grade changes provided the request is made in person or via University e-mail. I will not discuss grades or any student-specific information with parents, due to federal privacy laws. This syllabus and any other course materials, including grades, are subject to change if necessary. I will give you advance notice of any changes. Academic integrity: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly and creative activity in an open, honest and responsible manner, free from fraud and deception, and is an educational objective of the College of Communications and the university. Cheating, including plagiarism, falsification of research data, using the same assignment for more
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than one class, turning in someone else’s work, or passively allowing others to copy your work, will result in academic penalties at the discretion of the instructor, and may result in the grade of “XF” (failed for academic dishonesty) being put on your permanent
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course COMM 413W taught by Professor Schmierbach,mike during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Syllabus - Comm. 413W - Mass Media and the Public Dr. Mike...

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