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Introduction to Communications – COM 126 (SNHU)

Introduction to Communications – COM 126 (SNHU)

Credits 1

This course is currently closed to new enrollments.

Competencies

  • Mass Media and Culture
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of mass media’s effect on culture by identifying and predicting past, current, and future trends in communication and mass media.
  • The History of Print Media
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ways that print media has evolved and changed by analyzing how society has influenced the media and how the media has influenced society.
  • Television, Cable and Mobile Video
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how television viewership has evolved and changed by discussing contemporary issues within the cable industry and making predictions for the future of television viewing.
  • The History of Radio and Film
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of film, radio, and sound recording by identifying key moments and the affect on culture and cultural events.
  • Video Games: The Positive and Negative Affects
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the effect of video games on culture by analyzing the positive and negative affects that the gaming industry has on individuals and society.
  • Mass Communication Beyond This Course
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of mass communication, it’s impact on society and ethical considerations by analyzing various means and instances of mass communication and examining ethical considerations relating to mass communication.

Pre-Requisites

High school sophomore

Status:

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/16-18 weeks

Overview

Introduction to Communication covers mass media, culture, and society. The course focuses on how and why the U.S. media operate as they do, as well as on how media performance might be improved.

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Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1:

  • Mass Communication: A Critical Approach
  • The Internet and New Technologies: The Media Converge
  • Sound Recording and Popular Music
  • Popular Radio and the Origins of Broadcasting
  • Television and the Power of Visual Culture
  • Cable: A Wired versus Wireless World
  • Movies and the Impact of Images
  • Newspapers: The Rise and Decline of Modern Journalism
  • Magazines in the Age of Specialization
  • Books and the Power of Print
  • Advertising and Commercial Culture
  • Public Relations and Framing the Message
  • Media Economics and the Global Marketplace
  • The Culture of Journalism: Values, Ethics and Democracy
  • Media Effects and Cultural Approaches to Research
  • Legal Controls and Freedom of Expression

 

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