Media and Social Theory

Term: Fall 2009

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5033

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the key contributions of a number of social theorists to the critical understanding of mass communication. The course examines the relationship between the media and modernity and analyzes the substantive theoretical debates on the development of the media and its impact on the emergence and transformation of modern societies. During the course, we reexamine some of key issues and concepts in social theories as applied to media phenomena, including the concepts of ideology, hegemony, culture and the public sphere.

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