As this is a survey course, emphasis will be placed on gaining a broad, general understanding of the mass media, and it will be difficult to study specific topics in depth. However, I encourage students to approach me about suggestions for more in-depth readings and/or projects on various topics.
§ I have decided not to require a textbook this semester; however, you will receive numerous handouts and exercises over the course of the semester.
§ Recommended: Vivian, J. (2013). The Media of Mass Communication (11th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
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§ Persistence, patience, optimism, and an active mind
Final grades will be based on a personal journal, a final exam and many smaller assignments and quizzes. You should take note that you will be required to do a lot of writing over the course of the semester, and the quality of your writing will be a factor in your final grade. You will also be required to think critically about the issues being discussed and form coherent, defensible positions; I’m not interested in having you quote back the literature to me – I’ve read it. Details on all assignments will be given as the semester progresses.
Final grades will be based on the following:
Attendance and participation are critical to your success. Another way to describe this is professionalism. Professionalism means that you’re here, ready to engage in new opportunities. You are expected to arrive on time, be prepared, actively participate, and stay for the full class period. If you miss class, you miss the chance to participate in your education and the education of others in class. If you miss class you get a “zero” for that day’s participation.