Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Bell, Lisa
Discipline and Number
COMM 3300 Section 002
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Reading Media Critically

Description of Course:

In Reading Media Critically, we will examine theoretical approaches to understanding, analyzing and participating in media projects. Using a range of communication theories, we will interrogate the relationships between media, identity, and society to analyze how media texts reproduce, challenge, or transform existing norms and power structures. Classes take two forms: (1) discussion, which generally consist of introducing theoretical concepts, screening media texts, and analyzing how the theoretical concepts play out in the texts; and (2) writing workshops to improve draft papers.

COMM 3300 satisfies the Written Requirement for the Certificate in Critical Communication Skills (C3).

Required Texts:

Berger, A. A. (2013). Media analysis techniques (5th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1412987769

(Available in paper and electronic forms with renting options. Also available on reserve at McDermott Library.)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments generally include a series of short critical essays, a longer analytical paper, and a creative project.

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