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MCS 271 Media & Culture

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    Apr 24, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a great class to take for those who really want to learn about the impact that mass media has on society and vise versa. The professor is very knowledgeable and encouraged all different view points regardless of whether it aligns with his own or not. There are quizzes on the readings but he said grading is generous and he drops the lowest three. There are two papers that are not too daunting if you can follow along with his explainations during class. There is a midterm and a final exam but if you've done the readings there is no reason to worry.

    Course highlights:

    This is a great class that focused on a critical examination of media and text from a social view point. This class tackles issues in class, gender, race and sexuality and the way it is imbedded into our media consumption. Students will use semantic understandings to unpack the underlying messages of film, television, advertising and music to name a few.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to do the readings. It's easy to try to rely soley on his teachings to get by, however make use of the study guide. If you can write about each of the terms without referring to your notes then you should be in good standing for the exams. Reading quizzes are about big picture concepts so focus more on understanding the thesis than details.

    • Winter 2017
    • Dan Bashara
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading


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