Semester 2 2000-2001
A/P Ian Gordon
Ph. 874 4694
Tuesday 12 noon - 4pm
(1 hour sessions)
|Course Description||Teaching Format||Assessment||Tutorials||Textbook|
|Lecture 1||Lecture 2||Lecture 3||Lecture 4||Lecture 5|
|Lecture 6||Lecture 7||Lecture 8||Lecture 9||Lecture 10|
|Lecture 11||Lecture 12||Lecture 13||Lecture Outlines & Study Guides||Case Studies|
|Useful Web Sites|
|Turow's Web Site||First Amendment Center||Annenberg Public Policy Center||Global Beat||Press, Politics, and Public Policy|
It is almost obligatory for Hollywood films that deal with U.S. politics to depict policy makers as fixated with how issues are discussed in the media. In this version of policy formation the media is a key player in the process of decision making and policy is reduced to a series of "media events". How true is Hollywood's version? This module examines the part of the U.S. media in shaping policy beginning with the New York Journal's advocacy of the Spanish- American War of 1898 through to the role played by CNN in the 1990s. The module will review the growth of mass circulated newspapers, magazines, radio and television and examine how new media forms, such as the Internet, shape and are shaped by public policy.
Students can focus on one, two, or all three of the following approaches:
- Media Analysis (Content and Audience Reception of Media), or
- Media Industries, or
- Media Influence on Politics and Policy Formation
A weekly two hour lecture with a program of one hour tutorials.
Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorial in accordance with university policy and to actively participate in tutorials. Assessment is based on continuous assessment (50%) and an open book final exam (50%). The 50% for continuous assessment consists of Essay (30%), Tutorial Assignment (5%), Tutorial and Discussion Forum Participation (10%), and Tutorial Presentation (5%).
The tutorial bibliographical assignment is due January 30.
The essay is due March 16, 2001. You must follow this link to the essay guide page.
Joseph Turow, Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999). The textbook will be supported by a package of readings, which is available in the Co-Op.
Useful Films, Video and Audio in NUS Library
Be sure to follow the individual lecture links to the outline, detailed schedule of readings, links, tutorial guide, and other resources for each lecture.
The Media on the Media: Hollywood's Version
Origins of the Mass Media: Newspapers in America 1880-1910
How the Media Shapes Events, Case Study One: The Spanish-American War 1898
24) Chinese New Year Holiday Make up lecture date to be advised
The Motion Picture Industry
Radio: From Invention to Commercialization and
How the Media Shapes Events, Case Study Two: The War of the Worlds
Television: Networks and Suburbanization
Lecture 7(February 14)
The Impact of Television on Politics and Policy Formation
The Presidency and the Media: The Kennedy vs Nixon Debate and Beyond
Trying to Control the Media
New Media: The Net, The Web, The U.S., and Globalization
How the Media Shapes Events, Case Study Three: Civil Rights
How the Media Shapes Events, Case Study Four: The Vietnam War
How the Media Shapes Events, Case Study Five: The Gulf War
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