QU201 Syllabus-Spring2014

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QU 201: Our National Community Watching the news critically: Analyzing the news media in America Spring 2014 Monday and Wednesday 5 to 6:15 p.m. School of Business 108 Instructor information Jamie DeLoma Office: Public Affairs, Hogan Road at Mount Carmel Avenue Email: [email protected] Office Phone: 203­582­3479 Office Hours: By appointment Anna Brundage Office: Public Affairs, Hogan Road at Mount Carmel Email: [email protected] Office Phone: 203­582­3479 Office Hours: By appointment QU 201 General Description In QU 201, students will gain an understanding of the major themes and concepts that structure life in the cultures of the pluralistic American community. Building on experiences and learning from QU 101, in QU 201 students will investigate the interaction of people, ideas, science and technology, political, economic and social movements. Course material will be drawn from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including media, ethics, letters and literature, fine arts, religion, economics, business, science and technology. QU 201 Section Description In this section of QU 201, students will address how the local, national and international media influence the nation’s perception of itself and its citizens. Students will gain a better understanding of the nation’s identity as influenced by the media and the limitations of the media to accurately portray news stories. Students will be exposed to news coverage examining different issues facing America and then required to analyze the causes and effects of such coverage. Students will examine how and why topics are covered differently across platforms and explore ethical issues, potential bias, challenges facing journalists covering the news and the public consuming it. During the semester, students will consider current issues facing America and interact with guest lecturers working in the field. This course will address how changing technologies are impacting the coverage of the nation. Common Course Questions 1. What does community mean in a national context?
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