2021-2022 Johnstown Campus Catalog


Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course examines the content, processes, and effects of communication and the construction of the "news" within and on the American political system. The course emphasizes relevant theories and practical skills. Each student will gain an understanding of how political language and media technologies are used (and misused) by government institutions, political candidates, and citizens in a democratic form of government. Course topics include bias in the news, media effects models (indexing, agenda setting, framing), the rise and effects of cable news and comedic news, polarization and partisan selective exposure, the benefits and perils of incivility and the impact on democracy. In addition to theoretical components, the course emphasizes research in the field.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: LG/SU3 Elective Basis

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