Mass media play a crucial role in American politics, as citizens do not get most of their information about the workings of government from direct experience, but rather from mediated stories. This course examines the evolving relationship between political elites, mass media, and the American public.
Interpretation, Logical Reasoning
In mediating information about government and politics, mass media regularly interpret daily events. Throughout the course, students will learn to recognize and evaluate these interpretative frames and their potential effects. In addition, the course will focus on identifying and assessing logical arguments made by both media and elites.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-American)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two midterms, one group media monitoring project, and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will be expected to learn a research method called content analysis, which will inform the group tracking projects and provide the empirical basis for the individual final paper.
|Instructor(s): Fowler,Erika Franklin Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 4||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: X|
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