Mass Communication and the Audience
Summary: This course presents information on mass media audiences, mass media use, and the impact of media. During the course, you will be challenged to consider the following questions:
o What media do you use?
o Why do you use this media?
o Given the media you consume, how might it affect you?
This course will examine individual differences pertaining to audience experiences, reasons for mass media use, social cognition, and how the conceptualization of the audience is changing in the face of new media technologies. By the end of the class you will understand the ways in which audience members use media and the effects of mass media on audience members.
Introduction to Health Communication
Summary: Health communication affects all of us in our daily lives, whether it is through interpersonal conversations about health issues, exposure to health information in the media, or through our personal involvement in the healthcare system. The purpose of this course is to (a) provide students with a basic understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, (b) introduce students to contemporary theories of health communication, and (c) review research pertaining to health communication and media’s impact on health behaviors and health outcomes.
Summary: Preparation and presentation of short informative and persuasive speeches; emphasis on the selection and organization of material, methods of securing interest and attention, and the elements of delivery.
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