JOUR3005: Media Effects

3 CreditsComm, Lang, Lit, & PhilosophySocial Sciences

Does the media cause social problems, or just reflect them? Why and how have mass media been feared, bemoaned, used, and dismissed as tools to change public beliefs, attitudes, and behavior? This course explores a century's worth of thinking as to how and when media might have such effects. We examine media influence in a range of contexts, including political advertising, health campaigns, video game violence, pornography, and educational television. We approach the topic largely from a social science perspective (for example, by reviewing experimental tests of the effects of media violence) but we will address some of the advantages and limitations inherent in looking for effects in that way. Although our focus is on mass media, interpersonal and digital media sources will be considered as well.

View on University Catalog

All Instructors

B+ Average (3.399)Most Common: A (43%)

This total also includes data from semesters with unknown instructors.

1022 students
  • 4.36


  • 4.68


  • 4.54


  • 4.27


  • 4.55



      Contribute on our Github

      Gopher Grades is maintained by Social Coding with data from Summer 2017 to Spring 2024 provided by the Office of Institutional Data and Research

      Privacy Policy