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COM 453: DIGITAL AND MASS MEDIA LITERACY

Description
A course designed to examine theory and research related to criticism of the mass media and to the relationship of digital and mass communication to contemporary social issues.

Learning Outcome
• Develop a greater understanding of the media’s influence in shaping society’s ideas of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender
• Identify the salient theorists and be able to explain and apply theories informing critical and cultural media studies
• Explicate the ideological and hegemonic roles the media plays in normalizing and naturalizing ideas and practices that outline power and privilege in society
• Be more critical and discerning consumers of media messages, in all its forms
• Develop a sophisticated understanding of the intersection between capitalism, democracy, and American media
• Hone writing skills