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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Media and Cultural Literacy (SOC-202)

Formerly Media and Cultural Literacy (MED-201)

Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.

Version 1: July 2011 -  February 2018. Version 2: March 2018 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

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.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Mass Communication, Media Studies, or as a Humanities elective (1/13). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Liberal Studies, English, Media Studies, or as a Humanities elective (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).