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Summer Session - CURRENT EVENTS & MASS MEDIA

In this course we will take a historical and contemporary look at issues in international politics, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. domestic policy, the global economy, and popular culture.This course provides students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issues that frequent newspapers, television news, and other popular media and fuel the controversies that both divide our population here in the United States and around the globe. 

Course Objectives:

  • become more aware of the major issues of the day and become more informed citizens
  • be able to conduct research on current event topics using reliable websites and other sources 
  • form, support and express views and opinions on the major issues
  • learn to tolerate and coexist with people possessing viewpoints and beliefs that differ from their own
  • become more aware of media bias and become more media-literate
The abundance of information in our world today can be overwhelming, especially when we do not realize that some sources are more dependable than others. What information can we trust? How do we know what is right or wrong? Are we able to see truth in many viewpoints, while realizing that not all opinions are equal? It is easy to be misled when we do not take time to explore issues with care.

An educated opinion is a powerful tool that will earn you respect!

 Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class.

 Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.

DATE
CLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
  Monday - July 21  MORNING TOPIC: Introduction to CURRENT EVENTS & MASS MEDIA

CLASS PRESENTATION: A Sampling of Websites
- ProCon.org
- OnTheIssues
- Global Issues
- Huffington Post vs. Drudge Report
- AND The Onion (which people believe more often than you might expect)

AFTERNOON TOPIC: What is MEDIA LITERACY?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The Illusion of Choice
2. MEDIA LITERACY


DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Tuesday - July 22   TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Wednesday - July 23 TOPIC: MASS MEDIA - THE NEW MEDIA

CLASS PRESENTATION: What is NEW MEDIA?

NOTES: The NEW Media

READING
: Media's old guard fights back against Amazon and Google


DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Thursday - July 24  TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Friday - July 25 TOPIC: BIG TOPIC FRIDAY - CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING

CLASS PRESENTATION: Everything's Cool

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1.
Everything's Cool Discussion Questions
2. 
DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Monday - July 28 MORNING TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS


AFTERNOON TOPICMASS MEDIA - MEDIA INFLUENCE and REGULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. MEDIA INFLUENCE and REGULATION

2. How the Kids Took Over

NOTES: MEDIA INFLUENCE and REGULATION

DAILY ASSIGNMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Tuesday - July 29
Wednesday - July 30 Water Park Trip
Thursday - July 31 TOPIC: Current Events / Advertising Strategies

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Iconic Images - POSITIVE / NEGATIVE
2. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Friday - August 1 MORNING TOPIC: Advertisers vs. Consumers

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. REGULATION OF ADVERTISING
2. Secrets of the Superbrands

AFTERNOON TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Current Events ANALYSIS
Monday - August 4 MORNING TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS


AFTERNOON TOPIC: Introduction to CURRENT EVENTS RESEARCH PROJECT
- RESEARCH PROJECT GUIDELINES
- MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR TOPICS: NewsBank Hot Topics, July 2014

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Research Project Proposal - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
Tuesday - August 5 MORNING TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS


AFTERNOON TOPIC: MEDIA "STEREOTYPES" - Gender, Minorities, Social Behavior, Violence

CLASS PRESENTATION: Stereotyping and Media

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Work on 
CURRENT EVENTS RESEARCH PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Wednesday - August 6 TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Work on CURRENT EVENTS RESEARCH PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday - August 7   TOPIC: Social Media

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. SOCIAL MEDIA - What About The Media WE Produce?
2. FRONTLINE - Generation Like

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Work on CURRENT EVENTS RESEARCH PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday - August 8 TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS RESEARCH PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS
Monday - August 11 MORNING TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS


AFTERNOON TOPIC: U.S. Policy in the Middle East

CLASS PRESENTATION:
FRONTLINE - Losing Iraq
Tuesday - August 12  MORNING TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS


AFTERNOON TOPIC: Introduction to CURRENT EVENTS FINAL PROJECT
- CURRENT EVENTS FINAL PROJECT GUIDELINES
- CURRENT EVENTS FINAL PROJECT ARTICLE SUMMARY FORM

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Work on CURRENT EVENTS FINAL PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Wednesday - August 13  TOPIC: Current Events ANALYSIS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Work on CURRENT EVENTS FINAL PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
 Thursday - August 14 TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS FINAL PROJECT - DUE AT END OF CLASS