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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Rhetoric and Media Studies

RHET 210 (W; AR; IT) Media and the Environment (1)

This course explores the way the media deals with environmental issues and images, particularly biodiversity. We focus on the emergence of the environment as an important media issue beginning in the 1970s; the way news and entertainment media have presented the environment; and the links between media texts, the culture which they create and reflect and the viewer/reader's response to these messages. Students will learn textual analysis of news stories (print and television), documentary films, and environment and children's programming. We pay particular attention to how these messages reflect the way the culture values and reasons and to how these messages argue for a particular view of the natural world and our relationship with the environment. Part of the environmental cluster. This is a paired course; students must enroll concurrently in BIOL 210 Biodiversity: Discovering Life. Together these courses fulfill two course credits and two writing-centered credits.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values; Interpreting Texts; Environmental Cluster

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Collins