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Rhetoric and Media Studies

RHET 362 (W) Media Framing (1)

This course examines news accounts as they construct the meaning of the events they report. Students explore how reality is shaped when the media privileges a particular frame for the events; sketches familiar plotlines, characters, or ideologies; or gives authority to some voices and silences others. Finally, the course addresses the effect of media conventionalizing, in the symbolic complexes addressed and the formulaic stories they spawn, on both the range of interpretations and the range of topics that are publicly addressed. Closed to freshmen.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: RHET 261, ENGL 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Collins