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COM 553: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF COMMUNICATION AND PERSUASION IN POPULAR CULTURE

Description
This course focuses on what and how popular culture entertainment media functions to communicate and persuade. Forms to be examined may include films/movies, television programs, music, cartoons, and/or comics. Ultimately, students will be equipped with tools to make educated decisions as critical consumers of the messages conveyed in popular culture entertainment media.

Learning Outcomes
• Students will critically examine the messages (e.g., written, oral, visual) conveyed in a variety of entertainment media texts.
• Students will distinguish the major tenets of different rhetorical and critical/cultural theories.
• Students will identify and define the terms and tools used for examining contemporary rhetorical texts.
• Students will describe, interpret, and evaluate various entertainment media texts using different rhetorical perspectives and methods.
• Students will construct and present effective analyses of messages conveyed in different entertainment media.

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