CMN 596 (03) - Special Topics in Media Studies

SpcTop/Critical StudiesDisinfo

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - Full Term (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 56065
Selected topics not covered by existing courses in media studies. Topics vary; course descriptions are available in department office during preregistration. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Prereq: CMN 455 with C or better, or by permission.
Section Comments: Critical Studies in Disinformation
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): CMN 595
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Majors not allowed in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Instructors: Nora Draper

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 115
Additional Course Details: 

Special Topics Title: Critical Studies of Misinformation This course examines misinformation and disinformation. We will consider how we define these concepts as well as how the identification of “truth” relates to broader struggles around the social construction of knowledge. Our review of these concepts will be informed by history, culture, and politics, and we will pay particular attention to the ways social categories – including race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity – shape the dynamics of dis/misinformation. We will explore the role print, broadcast, and digital media play in the creation and spread of mis/disinformation and the corresponding implications for democratic society. Finally, we will explore specific examples of mis/disinformation and consider strategies for combating this complex and evolving social issue.