Telecommunications | Topical Seminar in Media & Society
T451 | 17095 | Weaver, A.
TEL-T 451: Seminar in Media & Society: MEDIA VIOLENCE
T451 is an upper-level undergraduate seminar that will examine the
controversies surrounding violence in the media. This includes
thinking about why violence is produced, who’s watching it, and
whether or not it is harmful. Thus, we will discuss social
scientific research on the amount of violence in the media today,
the attraction of this violence, and the effects of consuming
violent content, among other things. We will also discuss existing
attempts at the regulation of violent media. These issues will be
explored in a number of media contexts, including movies,
television, advertising, and video games.
This course will revolve around in-class discussion. Thus, a portion
of the grade will be based on class participation. There will also
likely be three papers/projects and two exams (a midterm and a
final) during the semester. There will likely be one required book
(“The 11 Myths of Media Violence” by Jim Potter) and a set of
required readings that will be available through E-reserves. This
class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm.
To see which requirements, in the College of Arts and Sciences, this
course will fulfill consult the College Bulletin at
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