Syllabus-1 - Mass Communication 3 credits, A-F; prereq...

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Mass Communication 3 credits, A-F; prereq Pre-jour or non-jour major; meets Lib Ed req of Social Science Core LOCATION AND CLASS HOURS Murphy Hall 130 9:05 9:55 am Monday, Wednesday, Friday INSTRUCTOR AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS Instructor : Nora Paul Office Hours: 313 Murphy Hall M 2:30 –3:30, W 10:00 – 11:00, 612-624-8593 or by appointment npaul@umn.edu TAs: Jiyoung Han 400 Murphy Hall 612-626-7446 hanxx436@umn.edu Nangyal Tsering 400 Murphy Hall 612-626-7446 tser0005@umn.edu Sooyung Kim 320 Murphy Hall 612-626-0221 kimx2460@umn.edu Wooyeol Shin 300 Murphy Hall 612-625-8370 shinx289@umn.edu COURSE WEBSITE Access the Moodle site via MyU Portal – http://myu.umn.edu or go directly to Moodle – http://moodle.umn.edu – to login. <For help call the computer helpline at 612-301-4357 (1-HELP) or go to http://moodle.umn.edu/ > COURSE OVERVIEW This course introduces students to the field of mass communication. It addresses the issues faced by professional communicators, including those who work in journalism, advertising and public relations. The course covers a broad range of topics that are presented through lecture, audio-visual demonstrations, class discussion, written assignments and examinations. Topics covered include: the history of mass communication, the structure of mass communication systems in the United States, legal and ethical constraints on mass communication, and the various media of mass communication and their associated industries. COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the conclusion of the semester, students should be able to do the following: - Define the main vocabulary of mass communication. - Explain commonly accepted conceptions of mass communication.
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- Describe the characteristics of the mass communication industries. - Describe and analyze the role of emerging technologies in the field. - Distinguish commonly used theories and research methods regarding mass communication. - Understand and apply common perspectives of media ethics. TEXTBOOK Turow, Joseph. Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communcation , 3rd ed., New York: Routledge, 2010. With companion DVD included with the text and accompanying website at http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/mediatodayupdate/studentresources.asp COURSE PROCEDURES Lectures on class materials will be delivered on Monday, Wednesday. On Fridays there will be an in-class project that will be completed and turned in by the end of class. Assigned readings should be read in advance of the class meetings at which they will be discussed. Lectures and class discussions cover material and ideas related to the course readings; they do not repeat reading material but they may refer to the materials. STUDENT WRITING SUPPORT 15 Nicholson Hall and satellite locations varying by semester (612-625-1893) http://writing.umn.edu/sws Student Writing Support offers face-to-face consulting for all University of Minnesota students working on any writing project. Consulting is available by appointment online and in Nicholson
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