Deconstructing Media

Course Code: MSTU 4500

Academic Year: 2018-2019

This course will use recognized theories to examine and analyze media in all platforms. Current and traditional theories will be studied and discussed as students deconstruct today's media in the following three areas: the routines and practices journalists use to gather content; the forms used by journalists and media outlets to deliver this content to an audience; and how the audience receives, interprets and responds to this content. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts as they apply those concepts to informed critique and debate of current media practices through in-class discussion and assignments, course site postings, guest speaker sessions and individual final presentations. The final presentation may also form a component of a student's senior-level thesis project, pending faculty/program head approval.