CMN 455 (01) - Introduction to Media Studies

Introduction to Media Studies

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 51228
Nature, development, and the effects of mass media. Overview of mass communication history and theory.
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): CMN 455H
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Attributes: Social Science (Discovery)
Instructors: Lin Zhang

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm HORT 115
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This course is an introduction to the foundational theories in media studies and methods of conducting media studies. The purpose of the course is twofold. First, it introduces students to the field of media studies (key authors, debates, concepts), with a special focus on the relationship between media, culture, and power; second, it helps students situate the theories and concepts in relation to their lives as informed citizens and working professionals in a mediated global society, and learn to conduct critical research into and think critically about established categories and hierarchies of power and the role of media in reinforcing/challenging them.

The course is divided into four sections on media industry, media content, media user, and media, identity, and difference. In each section, students will read about theories and methods, and have the opportunity of conducting hands-on research on topics of their own choosing. In this way, students gain a theoretical and methodological foundation in media studies and identify subfields and materials they want to further engage in the future.


1. Media, Culture and Society: An Introduction 2nd Edition (Paul Hodkinson) 2. TopHat Subscription