MEA 100 - 63726 - Mass Media and Society - Jean Miller
|Course:||Mass Media and Society|
Welcome! Before we begin, I wanted to share with you a little about myself and why I am teaching this course. I have been an Adjunct Instructor at College of the Canyons in the Media Entertainment Arts Department since 2005. I earned my Bachelor and Masters degrees from Florida State University with studies in broadcasting, social science, history and acting. Since the age of three, I have had the privilege of working in broadcasting and the performing arts, and am eternally grateful to have worked with scores of talented and inspiring artists, educators and media professionals from coast to coast who supported my journey to become a multi award winning actress, a National and Emmy winning broadcast TV host / producer, a multiple television series regular, writer, reporter, filmmaker, and commercial and voiceover artist. I am currently serving on the SAG Awards Motion Picture Nominating Committee and have previously served on the SAG Awards Television Nominating Committee. I am an ongoing member of the COC Media Arts Advisory Committee, and still working professionally in the industry as a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association professional unions.
I love teaching MEA 100 about this rich and dynamic field, and I love sharing and supporting your aspirations with what I’ve learned in the media through the years. Best of all, it’s great to learn and be inspired each and every semester by students just like you! I look forward to meeting you in class and embarking on a great journey through our Mass Media & Society course together!
Welcome to Mass Media and Society MEA100, Online Late Start Class. This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of the purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. The course is being taught 100% Online for the duration of the semester beginning Monday, 10/17/2022, and concluding on Wednesday, 12/10/2022 All assignments, tests, quizzes, and discussions will be conducted in class. There will be an official syllabus and schedule available on the 1st day. I will also send an email to the class one week prior to the start date with additional information.
Mass Media & Society surveys and evaluates the mass media. We analyze, compare, and discuss concepts related to mass media and their effect on society, using media from the Internet, newspapers, magazines, radio, sound recordings, television, motion pictures, advertising and public relations. We also look at some of the rules and laws that impact the media.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 classmates. By the end of this course, you will be able to understand the relationship between media and society, and how it affects form and content in mass communication.
Course Objectives: Upon satisfactory completion, you will have a basic understanding of:
- The fundamental model of communication, and how it defines mass communication
- The key historical and technical developments in mass communication
- How new media technologies and trends redefine “audience”
- The different economic structures of mass media
- How mass media impacts social, political, cultural and economic forces in the United States and abroad
- How specific media industries influence mass media content and meaning
- Ways in which various news media cover the same event or story
- How and why mass media is regulated
- Some of the legal responsibilities of the mass media and issues regarding individual consumers’ rights
- How globalization and corporatization of public communication affect consumers
The biggest objective of this course is to help the student become more "media literate", meaning the development of critical thinking tools: description, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and engagement that enable the student to become more engaged as a citizen and more discerning as a consumer of mass media products.
THROUGH INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS, AND A CONSISTENT AND MODERATED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, IT IS MY HOPE THAT YOU WILL DEVELOP THE SELF VIRTUES OF ACCOUNTABILITY, COMMITMENT, AND DISCIPLINE THAT ARE CORE VALUES AND ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS.
What to Expect in this Course
On average, students will spend between 90-130 hours of study for this course over the half length semester. If at any point in the session, you have difficulty keeping up with course content/assignments, please do not hesitate to contact me; I will also make an effort to check in regularly with you via email.
The course is arranged in a module orientation and involves assigned reading of a chapter each week from the official course textbook, convenient chapter summaries provided by the instructor, viewing articles and video clips from websites, and various news and other audio/visual media. When we do our coursework, there will be assignments, discussions, weekly quizzes and tests to do according to a prescribed schedule. There will be opportunities each class period for participation points in discussions and Q & A of current media events and course material. There will be two critical thinking research projects with essays to submit to the instructor and to discuss and share with classmates in sessions for comment and reply. There will be many opportunities to earn extra credit reviewing films, TV shows and other media material and writing about their relevance to course material.
Although not required, it is recommended for your class research that your computer and Internet connection be outfitted for basic online communication with regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection such as:
- A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Lin
- Microsoft Word. You can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your school My Canyons account (my.canyons.edu)
- Access to Netflix, or similar oline streaming service and YouTube
- ux 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: https://apple.com/quicktime/download/
- Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles, available for free from Adobe at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
- Circumstances may arise which require modifications of the above guidelines and the following schedule of assignments for the course, as deemed necessary by The instructor reserves the right to make necessary changes, in compliance with COC academic policies
Types of Assessments
- Weekly participation through brief written reports of current events on media topics
- Extra credit weekly video assignments.
- Weekly 5 question review quizzes on each textbook chapter/chapter summary
- 2 critical thinking research assignments on media topics with essays.
- Five 50 question tests covering each of the five modules of the course.
- Lots of extra credit opportunities: Film and TV shows, and internet reports relating to media topics.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The required text is the 13th Edition of Media & Culture, by Richard Campbell and Christopher Martin, available in etext, loose leaf and paperback bound editions to buy or rent.
(**In addition, IN ORDER TO OPTIMIZE YOUR COURSE EXPERIENCE it is RECOMMENDED you obtain the required textbook, and bundle it with an OPTIONAL ONLINE PRINTED ACCESS CODE for the publisher's course ware, called LAUNCHPAD which you would view on your computer that will give you opportunities to explore IN-DEPTH VIDEOS for each chapter of the textbook for extra credit throughout the course.) To access the Publisher’s Student Store site click the following link:
1.IMPORTANT: To order the eText AND LaunchPad Bundle, click the “Format” tab and then select “LaunchPad” option to access this bundle.
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's. ©2021; eText: e-Textbook, PLUS LaunchPad Access: ISBN: 9781319365721 Publisher’s site price: 6 month access: $54.99*
2.IMPORTANT:To order the printed text (Loose leaf) AND the LaunchPad bundle, click the “Packages” tab and then select “Looseleaf text + LaunchPad” option to access this bundle
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's @2021 Loose leaf textbook PLUS LaunchPadAccess ISBN 9781319477509 Publisher's price $98.99*
3.Bound textbook + LaunchPad bundle ISBN: 9781319244934 New: $157.99* Rental $52.99*
4.Publisher's site link (above): Rent: Textbook and LaunchPad Access
5. Contact the COC bookstore to explore all textbook and LaunchPad Access code options including etext, free trial periods, purchase and rental opportunities and costs.
Note * Prices listed above are subject to updates and changes.
Other Relevant Course Information
Regular and timely completion of assignments, quizzes, tests and projects are important for grading and your overall college experience. Communication is key for success in this class. Any questions, issues or concerns or class absences should be addressed in an email sent to the instructor: email@example.com. Replies should be expected usually within 24 hours, except on weekends. Additional details will be available in the course syllabus available on the first day of class along with a semester class schedule.
Looking forward to meeting you in class and exploring the multi-faceted world of media and society with you soon!
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When the course begins you need to attend from the first day of the semester. In order to be counted as “present” and attending the course, the college requires that you attend the first day of instruction, and begin to complete coursework at that time. IMPORTANT: If you do not attend by the third day of the session you will be dropped from the course (aka “No Show” Drop).
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