||COM380 - Democracy in the Info. Age
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|Course Description: A critical examination of the media and power in modern democracies. Covers theories of democratic participation and media responsibility, as measured
against contemporary practices around the world. Explores effects of television news, popular access to video and electronic technologies, and global electronic
networks on contemporary political and cultural discourse.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate understanding of key terms critical to understanding democracy in the Information Age
- Identify key events leading to the development and evolution of democratic media
- Demonstrate knowledge of how media and technology facilitate the creation and dissemination of information
- Apply critical thinking to media messages to discern social reality from objective reality
- Articulate the relationship between culture and media content
- Assess the relationship between various political systems and media
- Evaluate whether current media regulation and oversight is sufficient or if more is needed
|Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
- Apply copyediting rules and techniques for fact-checking.
- Apply ethical principles of journalism during reporting, writing and producing.
- Demonstrate a deep and flexible understanding of subject matter.
- Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary theory and the practice of critical thinking for the collection, validation, analysis and synthesis of historical data and new information.
- Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary theory and
the practice of critical thinking for the collection, validation,
analysis, and synthesis of historical data and new information
- Explain the integration of knowledge in a global contact and
engage in collaborative research across disciplines.
- Explain the integration of knowledge in a global context and engage in collaborative research across disciplines.
- Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world view
- Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world view.
- Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world views
- Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world views.
- Identify the elements of style and structure in news and feature stories.
- Identify what constitutes news.
- Recognize the legal boundaries of the First Amendment that balance the freedom and responsibility of the press.
- Use information communications technology for knowledge sharing and the interdisciplinary approach.
- Work in groups to publish an online or print news product.
- Write focused news and feature stories for a variety of platforms.
- Write in a variety of story forms, including news and feature.
Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.
Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.
The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations
National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:
Contact the Library:
- (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
- 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)
Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help
- Recorded class presentations
- Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:
- Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
- Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
- There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures