Media & Politics

Primary Number: POLS 30024-01

ConStudies Number: CNST 30431

ConStudies CRN: 29096

Primary CRN: X

Instructor: Davis, Darren (DDAVIS7)

Day/Time: TTh 9:30am-10:45am


Location: X

Although the mass media is not formally part of the U.S. government, it is arguably the most powerful institution shaping public attitudes, creating and producing information, and communicating political information to individual citizens. Almost all exposure to politics comes not from direct experience but from mediated stories. And, with the rise of the Internet, the growth of 24-hour cable news, and the decline of the "Big Three" television networks has created, a more diffuse media environment has been created. The primary purpose of this course is to analyze the role of the media in American politics and its relationship with the public, government, and candidates for office in a democratic society.