Political Science
 

The Media in American Politics

The Media in American Politics
News media's role in processes of American politics, including electoral process, legislative process, and public policy-making.
POLI
321
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesNone
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department, Spring Contact Department, Summer Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining POLI 321
Course Outcomes: 

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Students will analyze media’s relationship with political institutions and organizations, policies, and the public.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Understand how the media's role in American politics has evolved over time.

Political Process, Theory and Thought

Know what criteria the press uses for newsworthiness and how others attempt to use that criteria for their political ends

Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy

Understand the legal structure of media regulation of the press.

Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy

Demonstrate a familiarity with each of the four major subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.

Political Process, Theory and Thought

Students will analyze the basis for the media's power

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Appreciate how the media/political system in the United States compares and contrasts with media/political systems in other nations.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Possess a factual and theoretical knowledge of countries, political processes, political theories, and political thought.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Students will discuss the historical relationship between the press and political institutions and processes, the news gathering process, the role of the news media in electoral campaigns, the legislative process, presidential decision making, and judicial behavior.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Think critically, analytically, and synthetically.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Know how news media affect electoral campaigns.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Understand media role in shaping individual’s political attitudes and behavior.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

See how the news media’s interact with institutions in order to shape public policy.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Appreciate the varying sides of current debates over the role of the news media