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    Nov 27, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Overall, the material is actually really interesting and it happens to mainly cover things I'm greatly passionate about (film, music, television, internet, social media), which is why I'm so disheartened and disappointed to say that I really couldn't stand sitting through the lectures, about 85% due to the instructor. I think she's a very nice lady, but this class is not for people who are passionate about media and want to enhance their knowledge; it is more the equivalent of testing the water with your foot in the depth of the material. She would explain things like YouTube and Virtual Reality to students like they were things we'd never heard of before, and would teach through specific examples that were chosen in a way that you could tell the material was chosen to demonstrate her "knowledge" on a subject and that would shed light on examples or issues that she felt needed more exposure. It was frustrating sitting through the class for this reason, and it was strange for me to have the teacher assume the students aren't very knowledgeable on a topic the class is dedicated to. I think this class has great potential to be extremely interesting to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how various medias have evolved and have affected society, and I would strongly recommend taking it because the material itself is incredibly interesting and the material isn't difficult come test time. There are only two tests and a final (which make up 90% of the grade) and small participation exercises. A traditional lecture class.

    Course highlights:

    We did view a few interesting documentaries, particularly one about how the right to free speech has been challenged historically. The course covered basic evolution of print media, newspapers, radio, television, advertising, and the internet/social media, all of which were incredibly interesting, but again, taught in a way that assumed you (the student) had very little previous knowledge on the subject.

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    3-5 hours

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    Studying for the test, it consisted almost entirely of pure memorization of terms, people, events, and outcomes, none of which were too challenging or detailed (no specific dates, things like that). I enjoy the material immensely, but I'd recommend taking the course with another instructor if you already have a strong interest in radio, television, music, film, etc., but would recommend this instructor if you aren't very familiar with these topics.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jenn Mackay
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    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments

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