COM380 Democracy in the Info. Age

Lead Faculty: Dr. Louis E. Rumpf

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.

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