Culture Wars and the American Media
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NCOM 3024
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Conflict & Security
  • Comparative Studies
  • Media Studies
Description:
In this course, we analyze the way mass communication media--including television, the Internet, newspapers, and magazines--have covered cultural conflicts involving religion and the consequences of such coverage (or lack of coverage) for democratic and personal decision making in both the public and the private domains. Despite the widely held belief in the "wall of separation" between church and state, religion has always influenced American politics. We examine in depth the role of religion in American politics and, equally important, the role of the media in at times edifying us about and at times distorting this complex relationship.
Course Open to: Degree Students