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Introduction to Mass Communication – Comm 305 Spring 2018; Section 75 Monday, 5:30 – 8:15pm; SK208A Christine Steineck , Instructor Office : SK 206D Office Hours : M, W 1 – 1:50pm; T, Th 10:00 – 10:50am; or by appt. Phone : 852-7867 (office/voice mail); 852-6976 (Comm Department Office) Email : [email protected] or [email protected] Text: Introduction to Mass Communication: Media Literacy and Culture, Stanley J. Baran, 9 th ed. Course Description COMM 305 is a survey course of the major functions, strategies, rights and responsibilities of various mass media that will provide you with the necessary critical tools to reflect upon, understand, and challenge the power exerted by the mass media. It fits with the mission of the University of Louisville’s Department of Communication by assisting students in developing specific competencies related to communication. This course will prepare students to become more critical media consumers. The prerequisite to this course is COMM 201. Course Goals Through description, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of historical and contemporary trends, you will develop a deeper understanding of the economic, social, and cultural functions and responsibilities of the mass media in democratic society. The specific goals are: To become informed and critical users of mass media To develop an understanding of the historical evolution of each medium from books to newspapers to radio to television to the internet To understand the theoretical foundations of mass communication research To develop and nurture a cultural approach to the study of mass communication To understand how technology and economics have changed the formats and impacts of the mass media in contemporary societies
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Course Requirements Class Time – Students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process, especially when it comes to communication. You are
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