Summer-media-10 - San Jos State University Sociology Depar tment SOC 140.01 Sociology of Media Summer 2010 Mitra Rokni DMH 210 408-924-5788

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San José State University Sociology Department SOC 140.01, Sociology of Media, Summer 2010 Instructor: Mitra Rokni Office Location: DMH 210 Telephone: 408-924-5788 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: By Appointment Class Days/Time: MW 9:00-13:10 Classroom: CL 303 Prerequisites: Prerequisite: SOCI 001 Faculty Web Page Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page (http://www.sjsu.edu/people/mitra.rokni/). Course Description Examines the historical development of popular mass media and its role in contemporary society. Explores the relationship between culture, social behavior, and various media forms. Analyzes how gender, race, class, and sexuality have been depicted and represented in media images. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Course Name, Number, Semester, and Year Page 1 of 7
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This course is a critical examination of the role of media in society and the consequences of corporate control of information and entertainment in perpetuation of social inequalities. We will examine the role of propaganda, representation of reality, and selective perception in shaping the dominant cultural values and beliefs. Furthermore we will examine the role of entertainment and cultural representation of minorities by including the dimensions of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. We will conclude by reflecting on the meaning of informed citizenship, democracy, and active participation in creating a free media through reform and social movement. Course Content Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Critically evaluate media and its implication on everyday human relations. Critically understand the role of dominant media in relation to the established power structure. Required Texts/Readings Textbook Robert W. McChesney. The Problem with the Media. Harry M. Benshoff. America on Film. Other Readings Additional readings will be provided during the semester. Classroom Protocol We are all travelers on this learning journey called life. Classroom is our shared educational space for learning, understanding, discussing, and responding to one another as both students and teachers. To disregard the importance of an active engagement in this learning process could create an atmosphere of apathy that is disrespectful to the very spirit of education. It is crucial for students to take responsibility for their role in enhancing and creating the opportunities for a critical and civil dialogue on the most pressing issues of our time. Arriving on time, staying the whole period of a class time, and turning off cell phones, laptops, and
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Summer-media-10 - San Jos State University Sociology Depar tment SOC 140.01 Sociology of Media Summer 2010 Mitra Rokni DMH 210 408-924-5788

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