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Communications (COMM)

COMM 419H (US;IL) World Media Systems (3) Comparative study of modern media systems of mass communications in selected foreign countries.

COMM 419H World Media Systems (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to discover the variety of media systems in the world today and, more importantly, how they got that way and what functions they perform for their respective societies. Students will evaluate each media system's history and analyze the functions of the mass media in the respective contexts. They will examine the historical, social, economic and cultural forces that influence the adoption of a national media system. They will compare perspectives on the problems and issues in freedom of expression within national media systems and evaluate the organization, regulation and economics of those systems. Finally, students will analyze the national development of media systems and the impact of the mass media in the modernization of peasants.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: select 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits from the following:COMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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