This course examines the structure, function, and social impact of the major forms of mass media in the United States. The course will give students an understanding of the role of the media in society and provide them with a foundation for becoming critical media users and practitioners. In this class, we will 1) study the historical development, economic structure, and social context of media and 2) explore the ways media contribute to the structure, maintenance, and relationships of power in contemporary society. This course offers an overview of American media industries from economic and cultural-critical perspectives.
Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.