- Instructor: Bill Grigsby, Department of Anthropology/Sociology
- Contact info: email@example.com
- Syllabus (pdf)
Course catalog description: Americans are exposed to more propaganda–considerably more–than any other society. A sizeable portion of it is presented as ‘news.’ Are we savvy about this, immune to it, or detrimentally unaware? This course examines the commercial and alternative news media, how they are structured, and how we consume them. News organizations get to decide what to cover, what not to cover, where to cover it, how to cover it, and how long to cover it. How are those decisions made? What is the role of persuasion, either by news organizations, or through the efforts of outside forces and pressure groups, and how does propaganda coexist with democratic process? The object of this course is to provide students with a framework for understanding corporate news media and its effect on political processes and public opinion.
Prerequisites: None, but Soc 205 is recommended and college level reading and writing ability is expected.
- Anthony Pratkanis and Eliot Aronson. 2007. Age of Propaganda. NY: Holt (either edition, 2007 or 2001, they seem identical).
- Jeffrey Jones. 2010 (2nd edition). Entertaining Politics. NY: Rowman & Littlefield. (you need the 2nd edition!)
- Richard Paul and Linda Elder. 2006. How to detect media bias and propaganda. Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.
General Education: SSC (human behavior and culture)