Students will be introduced to some analysis techniques and media theories that are useful in studying the media and writing a critical paper about one's own findings.
This course will introduce several articles and research papers as examples of an in-depth analysis of some of the current issues about the media and its effects in shaping our national and global culture. Note that the course topics mentioned below are subject to change.
Handouts, videos, and others
Will be introduced in class
Students are expected to finish their weekly assignments and participate in class discussions.
Class attendance / reading and writing assignments / oral presentations / one typed paper at the end of the semester
１．How to keep a media journal ２．Semiotic Analysis ３．“Sex and Symbol in Fashion Advertising” ４．Content Analysis and G. Gerbner's Cultivation Theory ５．“Killing Screens”(DVD) ６．Sociological Analysis ７．“Cruel Logic of Teenage Violence” ８．“Teenage Truths and Tribulations; Degrassi Junior High and Beverly Hills 90210” ９．Comparitive Writing 10．Agenda-setting Analysis 11．“Don't Ask, Don't Tell: What You Didn't Hear on the Six O'Clock News” 12．“Free Speech for Sale” (video) 13．Agenda-setting by U.S. media (Columbia Journalism Review) 14．Doing research 1; Organizing your ideas on your findings 15．Doing research 2; Writing a report on your findings
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