Week 1


Class 1 - May 16 - Introduction to Course

  • No Readings
  • Introducing the course and course assignments, including enlisting in course Wikispace
  • "Critical analysis of media through the lens of essential form and economic structure" (Course Outline)

Class 2 - May 18 - Movie Night

  • No Readings
  • Movie: Network (1976)
  • Assignment 1: Analysis of the film (Due: Class 5 - May 30)

Week 2


Class 3 - May 23 - Media and Essential Form (Theoretical Analysis)

Online Readings

Textbook Readings

  • M&S pg. 343-364 - Mills, C.W. (1956/2004). The Mass Society.

Class 4 - May 25 - Media and Essential Form (Applied)

Online Readings

Textbook Readings
  • M&S pg. 229-244 - Breed, W. (1955/2004). Social Control in the Newsroom: A Functional Analysis.

Week 3


Class 5 - May 30 - Culture Jamming and Social Influence

  • Assignment 1 Due (15%)


Online Readings

Class 6 - June 1 - Media Ownership and Economic Control

Online Readings

Textbook Readings
  • M&S pg. 60-76 - McChesney, R.W. (2000/2004). US Media at the Dawn of the 21st Century.
  • M&S pg. 160-176 - Steinem, G. (1983/2004). Sex, Lies & Advertising.

Week 4


Class 7 - June 6 - Propaganda, Truth and Objectivity

  • Group Proposals for Culture Jamming/Social Influence Due


Online Readings

Textbook Readings
  • M&S pg. 287-300 - Cunningham, B. (2003/2004). Rethinking Objectivity.
  • M&S pg. 412-429 - Hertsgaard, M. (1988/2004). A Palace Court Press.
  • M&S pg. 430-435 - Jensen, R. (2003/2004). The Military's Media.


Class 8 - June 8 - Issues in Media Form and Structure: Identity and Privacy

Online Readings

Week 5


Class 9 - June 13 - Future Directions: Web 2.0

Online Readings

Class 10 - June 15 - Future Directions: Rise of the Conceptual Age?

  • Assignment 2 Due (30%) - Final Date for Wiki Edits


Online Readings


Week 6


Class 11 - June 20 - Culture Jamming Projects Due - Presentations

  • Assignment 3 Due (30%) - Culture Jamming Project


Class 12 - June 22 - Final Test

  • Final Test (25%)