Media and Its Impact On Society

Course Description

A survey of the mass media's cultural and industrial functions in society. Introduction to methods of studying how media systems developed historically and how they are evolving in the U.S. and globally, as well as how people use and make meaning with media as part of everyday life. Methods and theories to understand media's social, economic and political impact, considering media production, forms, reception, and influence. Ethical and legal implications of media including print, film, recorded music, TV, video gaming and online media. Interplay of media and gender, ethnic and minority communities.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
31919 JOUR 2 53Z ······· TBA-TBA Gail McElroy ONLINE

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2022-01-03 to 2022-03-25.

Footnote Information

JOUR-002.-53Z: This is an online class with scheduled meetings each Monday as noted in the class listing. The rest of the class can be completed independently each week on the student's own time. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
Four hours lecture (48 hours total per quarter).
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading


See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.
EWRT 1A or EWRT 1AH or (EWRT 1AS and EWRT 1AT) or ESL 5.
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