National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience
Media and Cultural Literacy (SOC-202)
Varies; self-study format.
Version 1: July 2011 - February 2018. Version 2: March 2018 - Present.
Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe and define mass and cultural landscape; explicate the historical significance of sounds and images; identify how media conveys messages through words and pictures; recognize the business of mass media; define United States democratic expression in mass media; outline how media impacts daily life of citizens; asses the ethical issues raised by the production of media; recite how visual culture has transformed the United States; apply critical thinking skills when discussing media; explain print revolution and increased use of the Internet; evaluate media and the law; recognize media's role in governance; assess mass media and cultural change; and compare and contrast global effects of various types of media.
Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: history and current state of mass communication in the United States from early newspapers and periodicals to the rise of the Internet and global media corporations; influence that mass media has had on culture and decisions; how to approach media from a critical thinking perspective. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.