POL S 306 A: Media, Society, And Political Identity I&s

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Location: 
GUG 220
SLN: 
18617
Joint Sections: 
COM 306 A
Instructor:
W. Lance Bennett

Syllabus Description:

This course explores the broad outlines of society, politics, and identity with a focus on the media as agencies for representing popular desires and self-images. Branding and image making deliver consumer versions of both politics and products tailored to the emotions of individuals. We leave dense personal data trails in the online world that become part of the process of marketing and branding to ourselves and to our friends.

 

Meanwhile, we live with the larger reality of producing and consuming huge volumes of new stuff that must become obsolete and discarded in order to have economic growth. The bipartisan political goal of growing the economy has run into global economic and environmental problems. The US is still struggling to restart an economy burdened with under-employment, growing inequality, heavy personal credit loads, and carbon energy dependency. The European Union has its own version of the debt and growth crises, challenging the future of the EU itself. Chinese growth has slowed and the environmental quality for hundreds of millions of citizens has deteriorated to the point of becoming dangerous to their health.

 

Despite these problems, cleaning up the environment and finding better ways to run the economy are often dismissed as costly threats to economic growth. Americans are waking up to soaring costs of education and threats to the American Dream. How did all this happen? Why is it so hard to deal with? What happened to the capacity of government to deal with big problems? Where do we go from here? This course aims to help you think about these questions.

 

Additional Details:

This course explores the broad outlines of society, politics, and identity with a focus on the media as agencies for representing popular desires and self-images. Branding and image making deliver consumer versions of both politics and products tailored to the emotions of individuals. We leave dense personal data trails in the online world that become part of the process of marketing and branding to ourselves and to our friends.

 Meanwhile, we live with the larger reality of producing and consuming huge volumes of new stuff that must become obsolete and discarded in order to have economic growth. The bipartisan political goal of growing the economy has run into global economic and environmental problems. The US is still struggling to restart an economy burdened with under-employment, growing inequality, heavy personal credit loads, and carbon energy dependency. The European Union has its own version of the debt and growth crises, challenging the future of the EU itself. Chinese growth has slowed and the environmental quality for hundreds of millions of citizens has deteriorated to the point of becoming dangerous to their health.

 Despite these problems, cleaning up the environment and finding better ways to run the economy are often dismissed as costly threats to economic growth. Americans are waking up to soaring costs of education and threats to the American Dream. How did all this happen? Why is it so hard to deal with? What happened to the capacity of government to deal with big problems? Where do we go from here? This course aims to help you think about these questions.

Catalog Description: 
Explores how society and culture are both represented in and shaped by communication technologies and media content. Media include film, advertising, news, entertainment television, talk shows, and the Internet. Explores how media represent and affect individual identity, values, and political engagement. Offered: jointly with COM 306.
Department Requirements: 
American Politics Field
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:25pm