In this course, students will explore the role of media and how it shapes society in the digital age. We will study the historic development of media in the United States and compare media systems in each of the countries we visit this semester. The course will also examine the relationships between technology and media and its impact on audiences. Students will gain an understanding of media regulation and issues of free speech and censorship of media systems. By analyzing media, its systems, content, and the impact of increased audience engagement with a critical lens, this course will examine the economic, political, and cultural influence of media throughout the world through the analysis of media messages and their implied meaning. Upon completion of this course, students will gain increased critical media analysis, enhanced media literacy skills, and will improve their writing and research skills through treatment of these topics.
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