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Jour 1001 Syllabus - Final0

Jour 1001 Syllabus - Final0 - SPRING 2011 Jour 1001...

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1 SPRING 2011 Jour 1001: Introduction to Mass Communication – Section 001 Mon, Weds & Fri 10:10 – 11:00 am 130 Murphy Hall Jennifer Williams Instructor [email protected] (612) 625-3912 321 Murphy Hall Office Hours : M & W, 1:00 – 2:00 pm and by appointment Jiyoung Han Teaching Assistant [email protected] 400 Murphy Hall F, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Soojung Kim Teaching Assistant [email protected] 300 Murphy Hall M & Th, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Wooyeol Shin Teaching Assistant [email protected] umn.edu 300 Murphy Hall M & F, 11:00 am – 12 noon COURSE PREREQUISITE Jour 1001 is a 3-credit course for pre-journalism and non-journalism majors. It meets the Social Science Core and Citizenship and Public Ethics Theme requirements. 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, legal 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. ! Describe the characteristics of the mass communication industries. ! Describe and analyze the role of emerging technologies in the field. ! Distinguish commonly used theories regarding mass communication. ! Understand and apply common perspectives of media ethics. TEXTBOOK Turow, Joseph, Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication, 3 rd edition, 2010 Update. New York, NY: Routledge. COURSE WEBSITE Access the Vista website via my U Portal. For help call the computer helpline at 612-301-4357 (1-HELP) or go to http://webvista.umn.edu/students/
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2 COURSE REQUIREMENTS Graded Item Total Possible Points Exam 1 100 Exam 2 100 Exam 3 150 Short Position Paper 50 In-Class Assignments (points vary) 80 2 On-line Discussions (see point allocation below) 20 TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 500 Exams There are three exams during the semester. You will be tested on information presented in both the textbook and lectures. The first two exams will cover the material that was discussed prior to the date of the exam. Exam 3 will be cumulative but it will focus primarily on the information covered after Exam 2. The exams will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions. I will provide you with study guides to help you prepare for the exams. If you miss an exam and you do not have a university-approved absence with appropriate documentation, you will automatically lose 10 points on the exam. Students must contact the Instructor by e-mail within 24 hours of missing an exam to schedule a make-up exam. Please see the section entitled "Missed Exams and In-Class Assignments" for the policy regarding what constitutes a university-approved absence.
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