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Course : Mass Media and Society 102

Course Number
MCOM 1233
Section Number
102
Semester
Fall 2022
Location
Fain Hall, D101
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 8:00 am - 10:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Prerequisite: none.

Survey of the mass communication process and mass media, including print media, radio/recording, television, Internet, and emerging media. Students will learn about media issues, societal effects and trends. 

Core Code: 090A - Cultural & Global Understanding


Why be excited about this course

Author George Orwell said, “The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.” Certainly, to some extent, that’s true. So much is happening every day that we rely on newspapers, television, magazines, websites and social media to sift through it, to pick out what’s important and then to talk about that. Objectively? Well, that’s a topic worthy of discussion. Do they get it right? More discussion. What happens when they get it wrong? Ah, so many things to discuss, so little time. 

You live in a world where, in the palm of your hand, you have access to more information than your parents when they were little had in all their books and libraries combined. But how do you choose what media to consume? How do you find the truth? “Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture,” Allen Ginsberg, a poet, said. And with great power comes great responsibility. You have the power of the press in your hands with social media and the ability to create a website that can reach billions of people in an instant. How will you use that power or hold those with that power accountable?


Course Objectives

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and define mass communication.
  • Understand and explain the function of the mass media.
  • Analyze critically mass media and mass media messages.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of media literacy and consumption of mass media.
  • Understand the economic and social imperatives affecting message content, delivery and effects.
  • Understand the influences of media content on cultural perceptions.
  • Understand the characteristics of contemporary mass media, including the influence and roles of media history, media law and ethics, governmental regulation, and evolving technology.
  • Analyze and discuss media message content using critical thinking skills.
  • Understand media history and technology and their effects on contemporary messages.
  • Develop an increased understanding and awareness of media influences on perceptions of multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Understand the evolving roles of social media messages on politics, behavior, and culture.
  • Understand the effects of globalization and consolidation on the media.

Students are expected to be in class each and every time the class meets. Students will not be able to make up unannounced quizzes given in classes they miss. E-mail Dr. Wilson prior to the absence as a courtesy. Students are responsible for making up any work missed on their own time, working with classmates.

Students who miss class due to University-sponsored events such as field trips or athletics, should visit with the course instructor in advance and will be required to complete the assigned work on or before the due date. Students should submit an official notification form before the absence.

Please do not come to class if you are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or the seasonal flu, particularly an actual fever. Work with your healthcare provider and the course instructor to determine the best course of action.

Exams (all of which will be available in D2L/Brightspace for an extended period of time), projects and stories with advance deadlines will not be accepted late. Plan ahead.

After a warning, a student with more than four absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor or summarily given a failing grade.

Late work receives a grade of zero.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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