To introduce students to the analysis of communication, media, and their history;
To introduce analytical methods appropriate to studying film, television, and digital media;
To discuss models of media systems: private, public, and state;
To engage in critical debates of the effects of media on society;
To understand the basic elements of semiotic analysis.
A. Show an understanding of the similarities and differences between types of communication and media;
B. Show an understanding of the different areas within the study of communication and media;
C. Show an understanding of the relationship between media and society;
D. Demonstrate awareness of the methods of analysis of film, television, and digital media.