Hum/176 Syllabus

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Axia College/College of Humanities

HUM/176 Version 3

Media and American Culture

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Course Description

The course provides an introduction to the most prominent forms of media that influence and impact social, business, political, and popular culture in contemporary America. It explores the unique aspects of each medium as well as interactions across various media that combine to create rich environments for information sharing, entertainment, business, and social interaction in the U.S. and around the world.


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Complete the Learnscape Activities.

Complete the Toolwire® Learnscape Assessment Part A and Part B.


Week Three: The Major Intersections of American Culture and Media





3.1 Summarize the evolution of media in the last century.

3.2 Define media convergence.

3.3 Explain how media convergence has changed American culture.


Read Ch. 10 of Media and Culture.


Read Ch. 14 of Media and Culture.


Review Ch. 2 of Media and Culture.


Participate in class discussion.


Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.


Nongraded Activities and Preparation

Shared Response Video

Watch the video on Shared Response.

Feedback Question (optional): How are your time management strategies working for you? Which strategies have been most effective? What time management challenges remain? What can be done about those?


Tracking the Intersection of Culture and Media

Choose a form of popular media that you are passionate about. The media may be music, a book, or a movie.

Write a thesis sentence stating how and why it is more than just a piece of entertainment. The thesis must include why it is a legitimate form of popular culture. Keep in

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