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MW 6:10-7:30pm Classroom: Voorhees Hall, Room 105 Instructor: Elizabeth Gough-Gordon Office Hours: Wednesday, 4-5:30pm and by appointment SCILS building, Room 336 (3 rd Floor) Email: Voicemail: (732) 932-7500, extension 8460 Course Description This is an introductory course designed to present modern mass media and communication theory to students for examination. Television, radio, film, newspapers, magazines and other prominent media have become the foci of society as we know it and, as such, are the concentration of the course. Daily, millions interact with these media for information (news and education) and entertainment. Each year telecommunication and print-related corporations spend billions of dollars keeping current with trends in public opinion and taste in an effort to attract ever-larger audiences. This course will explore the developmental, historical, socio-economic and political contexts, and ramifications of mass media as they relate to the American and global societies. Objectives 1. To examine the history and development of print and telecommunications media and to relate them to the publics they serve. 2. To identify the major attributes of these media and describe how these qualities contribute to the communication of information and ideas. 3. To explore the political and economic contexts of these media and to relate advancements in telecommunications to society. Requirements It is the student’s responsibility to stay up-to-date with all class lectures and readings in preparation for the exams. Lecture notes and/or Powerpoint slides from previous lectures will NOT be provided to the
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course COMM 102 taught by Professor Pike during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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