Context Courses

* All context courses are 3 credits.

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JOUR 1501 Digital Games and Society
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Meets arts/humanities core and technology & society theme requirements.
Note: Jour 1501 will not count toward course requirements for the Journalism major or the Mass Communication minor.

Introduction to academic study of video games, computer simulations/mobile game applications. Digital games as technology, mass communication industry, cultural form/set of design practices.

JOUR 3005 Mass Media Effects
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Meets social sciences core requierment. 

Mass media as tools to change beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. How and when media has successful effects and whether media effects will change as a function of trends in media development. Social science perspective of media effects. 

JOUR 3006 Visual Communication
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Visual media and the role of images in mass communication. Social, cultural, historical, and psychological approaches to visual communication.

JOUR 3007 The Media in American History and Law: Case Studies
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Meets historical perspectives core requirement.

Media in socioeconomic-political technological context of a specific historical period. Focuses on legal context and ethics questions.

JOUR 3201 Principles of Strategic Communication 
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Prereq 3004 or concurrent registration, JOUR major or Mass Comm minor or approved BIS/IDIM/ICP major.

Strategic communication theory and methods.  Survey of strategic communication career fields.

JOUR 3551 The Business of Digital Media: Innovation, Disruption, and Adaptation 
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Meets technology and society theme requirement. 

Economic issues related to traditional/new media companies and emerging communications technologies.

JOUR 3552 Internet and Global Society
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Meets global perspectives theme requirement

Structure/processes of the Internet and global society in a comparative context. The Internet, via the World Wide Web, as an ideal site to explore how/why societies come to see/know the world and its issues the way they do.

JOUR 3614 History of Media Communication
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Meets historical perspectives core and technology and society theme requirements. 

Historical perspective on tools of communication from earliest times to present. Impact of new technologies on society.

JOUR 3741 Diversity and Mass Communication
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Meets diversity and social justice in the United States theme requirement. 

Past/present depictions of people of color in movies, literature, radio/TV, etc., against anthropological, psychological, and sociological knowledge/experience. Emphasizes personal/political effects of media depictions.

JOUR 3745 Mass Media and Popular Culture
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Meets arts/humanities core and diversity and social justice in the United States theme requirements. 

Mass media’s role in formation of popular culture and cultural discourse. Prevalent media metaphors, caricatures, and 21 stereotypes. Social/commercial pressures influencing media representation.

JOUR 3751 Digital Media and Culture
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Meets arts/humanities core and technology & society theme requirements. 

Impact of “new media” (all forms of Internet communication, wireless media and combinations of “old” and “new” media) on current/future cultures. How new media may change ways we communicate, distribute, and process information. Social impact.

JOUR 3757: Principles of Health Communication Strategy
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Media’s role in disseminating health information and the effects on the public. Media portrayals of health, health journalism, health consumerism, health literacy, and media ethics. Theories of mass communication, public health, and psychology.

JOUR 3771 Media Ethics
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Meets civic life and ethics theme requirement. 

Overview of ethical dilemmas faced by journalists, advertisers, and public relations and communications specialists. Case studies, ethical principles/ theories, professional codes of ethics, and standards that have been used by mass media.

JOUR 3775 Administrative Law and Regulation for Strategic Communication
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Meets civic life and ethics theme requirement. 

Provides a basic understanding of mass communication law and regulation as it pertains to professional strategic communicators. Topics will include commercial speech, election/campaign speech, social media, intellectual property, blogging, and the regulation of emerging technology. 

JOUR 3776 Mass Communication Law
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Brief historical background, First Amendment rights, basic law of defamation, free press and fair trial, access to news, access to the press, privacy, contempt, obscenity, and regulation of broadcasting/advertising.

JOUR 3796 Media and Politics
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Analysis of the role of mass media in politics. Emphasizes television and electoral campaigns. News coverage vs. news making. Free press in democracy.

JOUR 4251 Psychology of Advertising
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Psychological principles, research techniques, and applications in advertising/selling. Consumer attitudes/behavior. Psychological mechanisms upon which effectiveness of advertisements/commercials depends. 

JOUR 4272 Digital Advertising
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Prereq JOUR major or MASS COMM minor or approved IDIM major or ICP major or BIS major.

Interactive advertising models, how they differ from traditional ad models. Issues related to creating, measuring, pricing and targeting interactive ads. Interactive ads in global, legal and ethical contexts.

JOUR 4274W Advertising in Society
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Forms of regulation: self-regulation and governmental. Critique of advertising’s role in society. Current issues (e.g., stereotyping,political advertising, advertising to children). Ethics in advertising.

JOUR 4721 Mass Media and U.S. Society
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Meet social sciences core requirement and diversity & social justice in the United States theme. 

Economic, political, and social determinants of character/content of mass communications in America. Effect, structure, and functioning of mass media. Problems, prospects, and criticism. Professionalism, technology, and reform.

JOUR 4801 Global Communication
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Structures, processes, and consequences of global mass communication. Problems in free flow of information. Roles of international organizations. Mass communication in social, political, and economic development. Implications for conflict resolution. 

JOUR 5501 Communication, Public Opinion, and Social Media
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Theories of communication, persuasion, and attitude change. Functions of interpersonal/mediated communication in diffusion of information and in opinion formation.

JOUR 5541 Mass Communication and Public Health
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Intersection of mass media, public health, and behavior. Role of theory in understanding intended/unintended campaign effect. Role of health journalism. Decisions that inform media-based interventions.

JOUR 5542 Theory-Based Health Message Design
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Best practices for message design across media/contexts. Students apply concepts to design health campaign messages that affect various audiences. Implications of theories of message engagement for current public health practice.

JOUR 5552 Law of Internet Communications
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Whether/how/which traditional media laws/regulations apply to the Internet. Developing law of communication on Internet and global/ethical issues.

JOUR 5601W History of Journalism
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Development of American media from beginnings in Europe to present day. Rise of film/radio/television/Internet. Relation of communications development to political, economic, and social trends.

JOUR 5606W Literary Aspects of Journalism
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Literary aspects of journalism as exemplified in, and influenced by, works of American/British writers, past/present. Lectures, discussions, weekly papers, and critiques.

JOUR 5725 Management of Media Organizations
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Introduction to concepts/principles of media management. Strategic planning, leadership, organizational strategies, and ethical/legal issues. Working in teams. Balance sheets and income statements. Motivating/promoting people.

JOUR 5777 Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press
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Prereq JOUR major or MASS COMM minor or approved IDIM major or ICP major or BIS major.

Legal/constitutional derivation of freedom of press/speech. Emphasizes case law, statutes, and judicial theories. Leading cases in privacy torts, prior restraints, and news gathering/dissemination. Access to courts/government, including via the Internet. Legal-research techniques.