Media and Its Impact On Society

Course Description

A survey of the mass media's cultural and industrial functions in society. Introduction to methods of studying how media systems developed historically and how they are evolving in the U.S. and globally, as well as how people use and make meaning with media as part of everyday life. Methods and theories to understand media's social, economic and political impact, considering media production, forms, reception, and influence. Ethical and legal implications of media including print, film, recorded music, TV, video gaming and online media. Interplay of media and gender, ethnic and minority communities.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
12057 JOUR 2 51Z ······· TBA-TBA Gail McElroy ONLINE

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2024-07-01 to 2024-08-09.
JOUR 2.51Z: Fully ONLINE. This is an online class that does not have scheduled meetings. Students can log in anytime to do the required weekly course work. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at .

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading

General Course Statement

General Statement
See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.

Requisite and Advisory

EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or ESL D005.
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