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COM 240 – Survey of Mass Communication

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(Registration #466228)
Classroom Location: 4 Clemens
Instructor: Adjunct Professor, Mary Beth Fortunato
:  888-2107 (leave message—this is my Canisius phone number) (best way to reach me is by email)
Office Hours:  after class or by appointment

This syllabus is as best a description as possible of our semester plans. Keep in mind that I reserve the right to make changes as needed. It is the student’s responsibility to learn of any changes if he/she has been absent from class. Blackboard is an essential – please use it to keep on top of class announcements and course materials.

Course Objective/Overview:

Mass media are pervasive in our everyday lives. Through mass media, we learn about the world beyond our immediate environment. This course will explore mass media industries, their interactions with audiences, and their subsequent influence on society. This course is grounded in a cultural perspective which will be explained early in the course and which will inform discussions regarding communication. We will explore individual mass media technologies (print, film, and electronic) and the media industries that have developed around them. The course will provide an overview of mass communication which will include the following: the historical development of today’s media; the significant principles, models, and theories that relate to these media; how media and their messages can impact our lives; and current issues regarding media and their messages.    

Learning Outcomes:

This course has been designed to achieve some clear learning objectives for those who desire to become professional media practitioners as well as those whose goal it is to become contributing members of society in their career field of choice. Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

Develop a solid understanding of a cultural perspective of communication, including the concept of shared meaning. SUNY at Buffalo is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete courses successfully, or any special instructional needs due to documented learning disabilities or health problems, please advise the instructor of these needs by the close of the second week of classes.

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