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Many of you are familiar enough with this site, but for those who aren’t, this is where you’ll find your assignments, discussions, schedule, syllabus and anything else you need to do well in Com 475.
I expect you to be able to make connections between Com 300 and Com 475, and for those who had me, you might recognize some issues! If there is something you are ever unsure of or don’t know or don’t remember, I’d rather you ask (“What is Cultivation Theory again?”) than be silent. Otherwise I am stuck assuming you know these things.
This class will deal with the relationship between media and society, dealing with many items that are consider “big issues” by media scholars, critics, and communication professionals. It is a seminar class, which means you will be talking A LOT in this class–forming opinions, challenging each other, etc. I will not be lecturing. I fully intend to treat this similar to a graduate seminar (without the extreme pressure of course) which means the focus is on you doing the reading, bringing questions and topics to class and being ready for discussion. I will help get us started until you all get used to the format.
Again, this doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions of me if you don’t understand something or want my opinion.
There’s a lot of neat topics we will be covering through the text but if there’s ever something you want to bring up, please do so!