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Introduction to Media and Culture

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Introduction to Media and Culture guides you through the basic theories of mass media and new media and the different ways media affects culture.

    This course begins by developing an understanding of media and culture. In particular the course will look at the evolution of both media and culture over time, before examining mass media and popular culture. This course will also look at the development of convergence and established cultural values.

    Next, you will be introduced to the effects of media and culture, which will help you to understand their impact on society. In order to achieve this, you will look at the messages which mass media can facilitate, as well as the theories surrounding media effects. You will also gain insight into researching media, and examine some controversies surrounding the field.

    This free online course will be of great interest to professionals working in the areas of media or culture, and would like to learn more about the field. It will also be of interest to learners would like to learn more about the effects which media can have upon our culture.

  • Having completed this course, you will be able to:
    - Explain the different ways mass media affects culture;
    - Explain the ways new media have affected culture;
    - Identify the basic theories of media effects;
    - Explain the uses of various media effects theories;
    - Identify the prominent media research methods;
    - Explain the uses of media research methods in a research project;
    - Explain some of the major objections to specific media theories;
    - Identify ways media studies are used to support political opinions;
    - Differentiate between proper and improper use of media studies;
    - Discuss events that impacted the adaptation of mass media;
    - Define convergence;
    - Discuss how convergence is affecting culture and society;
    - Identify examples of propaganda in mass media;
    - Discuss the role of the gatekeeper in mass media;
    - Discuss the influence of tastemakers in traditional media;
    - Define media literacy, and explain why it is relevant to today’s world.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Introduction to Media and Culture
  • Free

  • 2-3 Hours

  • Saylor Foundation

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 3 )
  • Introduction to Media and Culture
  • Module
    1
    Media and Culture
    • This module you will examine the basic areas of media and culture. In particular, you will look at the evolution of media and culture, as well as the impact which media can have upon culture.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Understanding Media and Culture
    • The Evolution of Media
    • The Evolution of Culture
    • Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Media Literacy
    • Convergence and Cultural Values
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Media Effects
    • This module looks at the impact which media can have upon our culture. To achieve this, you will look at media theories, research, and controversies.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Mass Media and its Messages
    • Media Effects Theories
    • Researching Media and Controversial Media
    • Lesson Summary
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 3: Introduction to Media and Culture Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Introduction to Media and Culture Assessment
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