Journalism Syllabus

Journalism Syllabus - JRL101 Fall 09 Introduction to Mass...

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JRL101 Fall 09 Introduction to Mass Communications Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Instructor: Dr. Kelley Crowley, Ph.D. Office: 312 Martin Hall Email: Kelley.Crowley@mail.wvu.edu Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 – 4 p.m. and by appointment Course Description Media play a central role in our lives, shaping the way we see ourselves, our country, and the world. The Internet, books, magazines, newspapers, movies, radio, television, and music and video recordings are so pervasive in modern life that many people do not even notice their influence. The impact of media is stronger in this country than anywhere in the world, and the media are a central part of our culture. Understanding media is an essential part of your education. Whether you work in the media or just watch, listen, and read you need to understand how media affect your life. This course is a general introduction to media. The aim of the course is to provide a critical understanding of how these media function in the United States and the rest of the world. Course Objectives At the conclusion of the course, you should understand the following: 1. The structure and organization of the various mass media. 2. The function of mass media in society. 3. The historical development of the mass media in the United States. 4. The process of mass communication. 5. The possible effects of mass media on society. 6. Some of the ethical issues concerning the mass media. Required Text mass communication (7 th ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. Electronic Resources The class syllabus and lecture notes will be available in eCampus. You can access the course homepage at ( https://ecampus.wvu.edu ). You will use this password-protected site to complete your online discussions, check your grades, and get lecture notes. There is also an internal e-mail system in eCampus you can use to communicate with me. I will occasionally post notes to the entire class through eCampus as well as the MIX e-
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mail system. You should get in the habit of checking your MIX account on a regular basis. You should log onto eCampus euduring the first week of class to establish that you are able to do so. If you have any problems logging in call the OIT help desk @ 293-444 ext. 3 or send an e-mail to
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