COM 50320 Critical Analysis of Media

Students study mass media through the perspective of media critics, researchers, observers, and watchdogs - the media that cover the media. Working with public opinion surveys, research that tracks media trends, and other tools that reveal information about media production and consumption, students research contemporary topics of debate and subjects of scrutiny, paying particular attention to scholarly reviews and work in peer-reviewed publications. In addition to studying the various approaches to media analysis, students will also perform and share their own critical analyses of media in their areas of interest.