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MEA 100 - Media and Society - Dave Brill

Course:Media and Society
Professor:Dave Brill
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Dave Brill standing in front of Austrian Alps

Welcome to Mass Media and Society MEA-100 Media and Society. This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of the purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. I am excited to say the course in returning to in-person learning in Mentry 305. This course will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:0am to 12:20pm beginning on Tuesday August 24th and concluding on December 9th.  Although we will be in person, exams, quizzes, assignments, and discussions boards will be conducted online through Canvas. There will be an official schedule published on the 1st day of class, and you will access this from the online course management system. For COC, we use a software program called Canvas; access to the course is included with your paid registration. If you sign up for this in person course, I expect you to regularly attend and also participate during lectures.

Course Description

Surveys mass communication by examining the interrelationships between media and society, and by defining the history, structures, trends and technologies of mass media content, including print, radio, television, film, digital media and the internet.  

What to Expect in this Course

The content for the intro course will be presented in modular fashion that emphasizes lecture with written assignments, quizzes and tests.  We will also present various topics for discussion and utilization of your critical thinking skills.  Through MEA 100, you will explain the basic model of communication, and its implications in defining mass communications.  You will distinguish key historical and technical developments in mass communication. You will describe how new media technologies and trends redefine audience. You will compare and contrast economic structures of mass media including organizational models, revenue streams, principle means of economic support and impact on consumers.  You will analyze how mass media impacts social, political, cultural and economic forces, in the United States and aboard.  You will recognize the role specific media industries play in influencing mass media content, and meaning.  You will compare the ways in which various news media cover the same event or story.  You will explain regulation of mass media. You will analyze legal responsibilities of the mass media, and issues regarding individual consumers rights. You will describe how globalization and corporation of public communication affect the individual consumer.

Through individual projects, and a consistent and moderated learning environment, it is hoped that you will develop the self-virtues of accountability, commitment, and discipline that are core values and essential to your success within the broadcasting community.

Types of Assessments

During the Fall 2021 semester, students can expect to see at least 5 quizzes covering text and lecture material. Students will also be required to take a midterm and final exam which are generally multiple choice, true false.  In addition students will required to participate in 1 to 2 online discussion forums through Canvas as well as two written essay assignments 4-6 pages in length.  Students will have the opportunity to fulfill an essay late in the Fall 21 semester that will be all extra credit.

Textbook Information

This course of study requires the reading of various materials (both online and via a course textbook), viewing of online websites and news media, and your participation in online research and discussion with colleagues. By the end of this course, you will be able to analyze the relationship between media and society, and how it affects form and content in mass communication.  

Other Relevant Course Information

Some course material (particularly quizzes, exams, discussion topics, and written assignments for this course are delivered online; your computer and Internet connection should be outfitted for basic online communication to include:

  • A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Linux OS-based computer;
  • An Internet connection (broadband speed recommended for video and chat features);
  • A current web browser (Google Chrome recommended, however, Firefox, Safari, IE 9, should work as well);
  • QuickTime player software for viewing video materials (free player, available through Apple’s website at:
  • Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles, available for free from Adobe at:
  • There will additional software (ZOOM) used for scheduled online meetings (these are synchronous ‘real-time’ meetings held online, every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester); the CCC Confer web conferencing software will be used for real-time communication via web conferences 
  • CCC Confer can be accessed here (software/system is free of charge):
  • Access to Netflix, or similar online streaming service, and YouTube

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 248