This multimedia rich course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental role communication and media technologies play in the formation of their identities and the world at large. The approach is multi-faceted: historical, comparative, interdisciplinary, systemic—Integral—requiring engagement with a variety of modes of communication and media artifacts, including print, theatrical, photographic, broadcast, cinematic, and digital cultural forms and practices. The course looks at the nature of mediated communication, the functions of media, the history of transformations in media and the institutions that help define media's place in society. We will explore theoretical debates about the role and power of media in society in influencing our social and cultural values and political beliefs. Students will gain an understanding of media literacy through analyzing media texts, such as films, television shows, and videogames. Students will have the opportunity to explore the impact of media in their own lives through journaling, reflection, and meditation.
Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Describe three modes of communication and identify how technologies change the cultures that use them.
- Discuss the development of written and mass-mediated communication, explain how mass media technologies have changed the definition of literacy and describe the relationship between literacy and power.
- Apply basic media literacy skills to daily life in order to gain a better understanding of the effects of media on their worldview, perceptions, choices, and habits.
- Explain the differences in various modes of media and their effects and perform a critical analysis of media content.
- Discuss the meaning of “mass interpersonal persuasion” and use tools of mass media to create a persuasive media product capable of improving your own wellbeing.