Media are often blamed for everything from mass murder, to political apathy, to rampant consumerism. At the same time, media are championed for helping people connect with one another, teaching children how to count and spell, and for providing a window into the wider world in which we live. So, what is hype, and what is true? In this course, we will explore these questions using a social scientific perspective. This course will help you understand the why and the how of media effects. In JTC 414, an upper-division course, you will learn about the effects of media exposure and the amount of media use on individuals, groups, and society.
This course can be applied toward: