COMM 180

Introduction to Critical Issues in Public Culture: Democracy and Identity in US Public Discourse

This course uses critical and cultural studies approaches to introduce students to the discipline of Communication Studies. Students gain foundational understanding in methods and critical approaches to public culture, including media. The course begins with a survey of key concepts, public culture, democracy, identity, and communication, and then moves to a topical study of discourse as part of public culture in the struggle to maintain or advance concepts of democracy within the context of competing identities related to issues of race, class, gender, and political affiliation.

Prerequisites: First year or sophomore standing only or permission of instructor.