Introduction to Media Studies

A survey of the complex and rapidly shifting world of media production and consumption, with particular emphasis on how media both shapes and is shaped by the cultural climate in which it is situated. Through intra-disciplinary exploration of newspapers, film, radio, television, and the Internet, this course seeks to answer questions regarding matters of the media and ethical challenges. This course draws from various disciplines, including: communication arts, history, economics, cultural studies, and gender studies. Ultimately, we will analyze what our most powerful contemporary media is, where it came from, and the effects it may have on self and society.