CA 322 Theory & History of Mass Media
S1J 2009 PV
Norris, Lynn M.
Senior Adjunct Instructor of Communication Arts
M.A. in Communication, Pittsburg State University, KansasB.A. in Mass Communication, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Before and after class or by appointment.
Monday, January 12, 2009 to Sunday, March 8, 2009
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman, Penguin Books 2005, ISBN-13: 9780143036531
Mass Media and American Politics, Doris Graber, C.Q. Press, US 2005, ISBN-13: 9781568029177
The Pulse of Politics: Electing Presidents in the Media Age, James David Barber, Transaction Publishers 1992, ISBN-13: 9781560005896 (OPTIONAL)
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor has an interactive, student-centered approach to teaching. She strives to create a safe, comfortable class environment, and to include course materials that are both enjoyable and relevant, as well as academically sound. She may involve students in any or all of the following: class discussions, critiquing, demonstrations, exercises, games, group projects, internet, interviewing, learning journals, problem solving, reading, role playing, self exploration, quizzes, and/or writing.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The core assessment will be the content analysis project done individually by students. Specifically, the content analysis paper is a three-page paper that should include: 1) a description of the theoretical framework of the message, 2) a description of how the codes and categories of codes in your code sheet relate to the theoretical framework of your study, 3) a description of the method of your study, 4) your preliminary conclusion and whether or not it was supported by the evidence, 5) significance of the study, and 6) suggestions for future research based on the study.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Class assessment will be based on two exams, one individual presentation, one content analysis project, and participation.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students are expected to turn in their written assignments on time whether they are present in class or not. If present in class, they must turn in their assignments in the form of a typed hard copy. If unable to attend class, students may submit written assignments via one of the following, with the expectation that a typed hard copy will be submitted the day the student returns to class.
1) Via the course drop box. (Be sure your file is in Word or PDF or RTF format.) Here's how:
A. Go to http://www.parkonline.org
B. Sign in with your OPEN name and password.
C. Click Theory & History of the Mass Media.
D. Click Drop Box.
E. Click on the name of the assignment.
F. Click Add Attachment. (A new window will appear.)
G. Click Browse.
H. Locate the assignment on your computer and select.
I. Click Open.
J. Click Attach.
K. Wait until it is done and click OK. (It will then take you back to Drop Box.)
L. Click Submit.
2) Via e-mail to email@example.com. (Be sure your file is in Word or PDF or RTF format.) PLEASE NOTE: Having a computer or printer problem is generally not an acceptable excuse for late assignments. The instructor will not accept items that are not in proper format. And she is not responsible for items students forget to attach to their e-mails.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Pirate mail is the official channel of communication for all Park students. Thus, the instructor will occasionally contact students via their Park accounts to notify them of schedule changes, receipt of electronic assignments, and other important information related to the class. All students are responsible for checking their Park e-mail accounts regularly, thus they are considered by the instructor to be informed, and expected to properly utilize the information provided and be prepared for class. Ignorance is not an excuse.
2. All communication devices such as mobile phones and pagers: Please turn these off or set on silent during class. No phone calls or text messages are to be sent or received without the instructor's permission. If you are expecting an important message, notify the instructor in advance. You must have permission from the instructor to answer calls during class.
3. Leaving the classroom: Students are expected to inform the instructor if they need to leave the room before class is dismissed. If a student leaves early without telling the instructor, they will be counted as absent for the entire class period.
4. Personal matters: Assignment grades, explanations for absences from class, etc. should not be discussed during class. Rather, they should be discussed privately with the instructor, via e-mail, before or after class, or by appointment. This is so the instructor can use the class time efficiently, and so she can protect student confidentiality.
5. Respect for every member of the class. This must be maintained at all times. Included is not chattering while the instructor or other students are speaking, and respecting the confidences of members of the class who may share personal information during exercises. Disagreements are natural and may occur, but respect can still be maintained.
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Please Note: Chapters should be read PRIOR to the week for which they are listed.
SESSION 1: MON, Jan. 12
Introduction To Course
Video Discussion: Weapons of Mass Deception
SESSION 2: MON, Jan. 19
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87PLEASE NOTE: The instructor for this class examines all written work for signs of plagiarism. Plagiarized assignments will receive a grade of “zero,” and the plagiarism will be reported.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90PLEASE NOTE: With one absence, an A for the class is still possible. With two absences, the highest grade the instructor can offer is a C. With three or more absences, the instructor must fail the student. A sign-in sheet will be on the instructor's desk every class period. Students who do not sign in will be considered absent. Students are expected to inform the instructor if they need to leave the room before class is dismissed. If a student leaves early without telling the instructor, they will be counted as absent for the entire class period.
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Bibliography: The Pulse of Politics: Electing Presidents in the Media Age, James David Barber, Transaction Publishers 1992, ISBN-13: 9781560005896
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