Telecommunications | Introduction to Media & Society
T205 | 10694 | Schwartz, N.
Introduction to Media and Society
Class Number 10694
The purpose of this course is to learn about the complex
relationship between media and society. We will do this by examining
questions such as: How do audiences use the media available to them?
In what ways do media affect public opinion and popular tastes? Do
media operate in the public interest? Who should be responsible for
media content? Can individuals or groups influence media? How does
ownership of media affect what we see and hear? How do monopolies
affect media content? Are there limits to the rights of free speech
and the press? Can privacy be protected in the information age? By
the end of the semester, you should have a better understanding of
the ways in which media both reflect and shape society.
The class meets MWF 10:10-11:00am.
There are two required texts:
Potter, J.W. (2001). Media Literacy (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks,
Alexander, A. & Hanson, J. (Eds.) (2005). Taking Sides: Clashing
Views on Controversial Issues in Mass Media and Society (8th
edition). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.
Course sessions will involve lecture, discussion, and small group
activities based on assigned readings and in-class media. Grades
will be based on 4 short papers, 10 in-class response papers, 1
outside activity, and 2 exams (midterm and final).
This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at
http://www.indiana.edu/~bulletin/iub/coas/index.html . If you have
questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.