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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

JOUR 8602

JOUR 8602 Seminar, "History of Mass Communication," will be taught by Assistant Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:35 p.m.

JOUR 8602
History of Mass Communication
Assistant Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto
Mondays & Wednesday 2:30-3:45
This seminar provides opportunities for you to explore communication history's scholarly traditions and dimensions, to familiarize yourself with the field's canonical literature and to analyze the more diverse, recent body of work that has emerged in the last few years. In addition to critical analysis of specific assigned readings (see below), the course includes 1) consideration of historiography; 2) attention to explicit and implicit theories and models; 3) exploration of different types of written histories; and 4) your substantial participation through class discussions and the writing of a research paper to be presented in class.
The readings have been selected to reflect the diversity of the field of communication history and its concerns, including media and popular culture, international communication, advertising, free expression and the role of multiculturalism. The list of required books is: Lary May, The Big Tomorrow Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications Kathy Forde, Literary Journalism on Trial Brian Ward, Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South Jane Chapman, Comparative Media History Taylor MacRaud, Social Theory and Social History Roland Marchand, Advertising the American Dream