CA 450 Seminar: SpecTop in Journalism
SP 2008 HO
Asst prof communication arts
m-f 8:30-11; t-th 2-3
1:00 - 2:15 PM
None.However, reading of handouts, newspapers, etc. will be a requirement of the class. You are also required to read The Hot House - Life Inside Leavenworth Prison, by Journalist Pete Earley, Mass Market Paperback, August, 1995.
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This is an advanced level, interdisciplinary course wherein students will learn about the relationship between the media and various elements of the criminal justice system. It is team-taught by experts in communication arts and criminal justice.
We believe that students in this course will learn by freely participating in class discussions with an open mind, and by critically analyzing what they learn in class as well as what they observe from the media and the world around them.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Reading: You must read The Hot House and all other materials handed to you in class and be prepared to discuss these materials when indicated on the syllaus
Tests: A take-home final exam. This exam will be based on materials handed out and on discussion during classes.
Papers: You will write four reaction papers. With each paper you should be prepared to lead a discussion of your findings and reaction to the question. Detail about the reaction papers will be forthcoming once the class has begun.
Class Exercises: You are expected to bring in newspaper articles relating to the topics of this class. You should be prepared to lead discussions about the topic in the article and the press coverage of this topic. You will also be asked to watch a television show, a movie, and so on. Depending on current news, you may be given a specific assignment.
Every course at Park University requires a core assessment. This is one major project or test, given during the last part of the class, which measures 75% of the course’s learning objectives.
For this course, the core assessment is the final exam. It will be graded according to a rubric that will be provided later in the semester. It measures all three learning objectives spelled out above.
Four reaction papers (100 points or 10% each) 40% 400
Attendance and general class participation 20% 200
Take home final exam 30% 300
Two current news articles to class and lead discussion on actual and implicit content
Presentation on topic of your choice- 10 – 15 minutes 05% 50
TOTAL 100% 1000 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
We will not accept late work. This applies to all daily work, papers, and so on. The only exception to this is if there is some extenuating circumstance, and you contact either professor in advance to get an extension. If you have a problem that precludes you from turning a work in on time, call or e-mail either professor in advance of the due date, let us know what’s going on, and we can make arrangements.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will treat each other with courtesy and respect at all times. In our classroom, everyone's opinion is valued
(SY) and (CG)
Introduction to Course – presentations by Youngblood (SY) and Getty (CG)
Be prepared to answer the following questions with some specificity. You should write your responses, although they will not be collected.
· What do you know about the criminal justice system and how do you know it?
· What do you know about the media?
· How do you know what you know, and how do you know it?
Newspapers and Crime - Bring an article of news and be prepared to discuss the actual and implicit meaning
Newspapers and Crime
Come to class with a definition of terrorism
Terrorism-GITMO and media
TV and Crime
TV and Crime
First reaction paper on media and terrorism is due
TV News and Crime – watch a ½ hour news program and divide the program into segments such as real news, including crime stories, sports, weather, “happy talk”
TV News and Crime – guest speaker
6 (SY) and (CG)
The Internet and the Media; the Internet and Criminal Justice
Blogs and Crime and New Media
Law Enforcement and the Media – watch a one hour crime show and be able to discuss how law enforcement is pictured
8 (CG) and (SY)
Courts and the Media
Relevant Law and Media Rights
Second reaction paper on differences between violence and violence as portrayed in the media
11 and 13
Movies and Crime
Corrections and the Media
Trip to a prison
Current Issues Surrounding CJ including international perspective -
Current Issues Surrounding Media including international perspective
Current issues about juveniles
Third reaction paper comparing the trip to the prison with The Hot House
Media as a Cause of Crime
Media’s Role in Creating and Presenting Criminals
Media as a Cure for Crime
Music : Rap, crime and media
14 (CG) and (SY)
Current issues - Bring an article of news and be prepared to discuss the actual and implicit meaning
Media as an Agenda-Setter for the Criminal Justice System
Fourth reaction paper is due – subject to be announced
15 (CP) and (SY)
Presentations on topics of your choice
(SY) and (CP)
Presentations on topics of your choice
A take home final exam will be due in one or both professor’s office(s) by Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at noon
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