Communication Arts

COMA 230

Introduction to Mass Communication

Course Description

Understanding media in today’s world is more than a scholarly exercise; it is a necessary survival skill in a world that has been utterly changed by mass communication. All students, whether they will be practitioners, critics or consumers, have to be able to analyze the ways in which mass media is being used to change the world. This course provides the tools needed to accomplish this analysis.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain key names, dates and events in the history of mass media.
  • Examine the general development and impact of government influence on mass media.
  • Analyze the relationships between mass communication, culture and mass media.
  • Evaluate the significant milestones in the development of the various types of mass media, including the growth of book publishing, newspapers and advertising, magazines, photography, film, radio, television, and the Internet.
  • Explain the basic economics of mass media.
  • Explain the relationship of programming to marketplace decision-making.
  • Discuss the basic theories and effects of mass communications.
  • Explain the relationship between media freedom, regulations and ethics.
  • Discuss 10 key contributors within the Mass Media arena.

Course Schedule

        No of Weeks   Begins   
 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Winter; 2016; COMMUNICATION ARTS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2016

 230111103Intro Mass Communications 3Townsend K 16/26/0Open
R 01:00PM-03:54PMLA170

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