Communication and Culture | Media, Culture, and Politics (Topic: War Propaganda)
C445 | 25101 | Ivie, R.
MW, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, 800 E. 3rd St. – room 100
Instructor: Robert Ivie
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 247
Description of Course Theme: This course critically examines the
American experience with war propaganda past and present. Attention
is given to understanding the key forms, themes, and strategies of
war propaganda, the history of war propaganda in the U.S., its
current application to the war on terrorism, the role of media, and
the impact of war propaganda on democratic culture.
Readings: The final selection of books for the course has not been
made. Books under consideration include (but are not limited to)
Yahya R. Kamalipour and Nancy Snow, War, Media, and Propaganda: A
Global Perspective; Norman Solomon, War Made Easy: How Presidents
and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death; Nicholas Jackson
O’Shaughnessy, Politics and Propaganda: Weapons of Mass Seduction;
J. Micahel Sproule, Propaganda and Democracy: The American
Experience of Media and Mass Persuasion.
Format: The class format is a combination of lecture and discussion.
Assignments: The major assignments, in addition to prescribed
readings, include regular attendance, essay examinations, and an
optional term paper in place of one of the essay exams.