Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 521: Mass Media and Society

Instructor: Donna King

Kadinsky's Composition VIII

Wassily Kandinsky's "Composition VIII"
1923; Oil on canvas; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


Croteau & Hoynes, Media/Society . 2002. 3rd edition.

Gorham, editor, Annual Editions: Mass Media 04/05. 2004.

Stauber & Rampton, Toxic Sludge is Good for You! 1995.

Stauber & Rampton, Trust Us, We're Experts. 2002.

Weekly online readings are also required. See course outline below.

Course description:

In this course we will study the relationship between media, culture and society with special emphasis on the entertainment industry, news, advertising, and public relations. Specifically, we will look at the social, cultural and political consequences of the dominance of privately owned corporate media on a democratic society, and the role media play in the production, reception and representation of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Course requirements and grading :

In class writing assignments. Every couple of weeks you will be asked to write in class about the readings, lectures, class discussions and videos shown. These writing assignments will include both short answer and full essay questions. We will allocate approximately one-half of class time for writing on these days.

Your final grade for the course will be based on the average grade for all writing assignments.

Students with a documented disability should contact me on the first day of class to make any necessary special arrangements for the course.

Course outline:

Any changes in exam dates or reading assignments will be announced in class. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with any changes in the event of absence .

W 1/5 Introduction, syllabus, critical approaches to studying mass media and society.

Cultivation theory, new "personalized" media, and the question of democracy

Readings : ---Websites originally assigned are no longer valid.---

Last Update: February 3, 2012