SOCI-3056EL – News, Pop Culture, and Power, Critical Perspective on Mass Media

The central objective of this course is developing critical sociological perspectives on the social making of the mass media and popular culture. Questions addressed in this course include: How are the mass media and popular culture socially organized? Are the mass media and popular culture terrains of domination or are they terrains of struggle and potential resistance? Does the development of the Internet as a major means of communication and information extend domination or extend possibilities for resistance? This course focuses first on the manufacturing of the news and then turns its attention to shifts and transformations in popular cultures. Students may not retain credit for both SOCI 3907 & 3056. (lec 3) cr 3

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