Intro to Media Studies

Course NameIntro to Media Studies
Course CodeFMS150
DescriptionThis course explores the important role of media in the world we live in, and how we live through media: learning news, connecting with each other, finding entertainment. In this sense, mass media has become our world. What mass media, and how best can we understand it? We examine its history, theories about how it works, how specific types of media differ from one another, and themes and issues that arise from mass media. If you want perspective on the most pervasive shapers of cultures, communities, and individuals, this class is for you.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Articulate key terms and ideas associated with the study of mass media; – Demonstrate a familiarity with the theories of several media theorists;
– Articulate a history of the development of mass media;
– Demonstrate a familiarity with the broad dynamics of several specific mediums (print, film, video games, social media);
– Formulate an informed and critical perspective regarding a selected topic in mass media.
SchoolSchool of Journalism, Media, and Visual Arts
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS