Media Criticism

Paul A. Lucas, Media Criticism, Spring 2017

Course Description and Objectives:

Media Criticism is the advanced analysis of the messages, formats, and implications of media texts, applying various theories and analysis techniques of contemporary media criticism. Students will investigate media texts—“digital artifacts”—from a rhetorical perspective.

The course will afford students the opportunity to explore the relationships of mass and social media to society; theories and concepts will be applied to encourage a greater understanding of how media operate, as well as how media affect audiences.

To that end, much of the course will focus on how audiences, or “users,” take on roles of both producers and consumers of media texts.

In the course, students will have to present and discuss their own examples, as well, with an emphasis on ethical controversies/considerations and how various interpretations can illustrate the attitudes audiences have toward media content.

Required Text:

Potter, W. J. (2014). Media literacy (7th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN: 978-1483306674

Syllabus: 

Paul A. Lucas, Media Criticism, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Advanced analysis of the messages, formats, and implications of media texts, applying various theories of contemporary media criticism. Prerequisites: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006, and COMMRC 0320.

Required Texts:

-Potter, W. J. (2014). Media literacy (7th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN: 978-1483306674

Syllabus: 

Paul A. Lucas, Media Criticism, Spring 2014

Course Description:

Advanced analysis of the messages, formats, and implications of media texts, applying various theories of contemporary media criticism. Prerequisites: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006, and COMMRC 0320.

Required Texts:

Potter, W. J. (2013). Media literacy (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc.

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