Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
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Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Over the past decade, among the most frequently voiced criticisms of higher education is that universities are not adequately preparing students to be successful professionals, engaged citizens, and/or informed consumers of information. The social sciences and the humanities are among the most vulnerable to these charges; as fields like communication, sociology, and political science are...

Final Presentations in COM 533 and COM 589

On April 24, the last day of class, each of you will be responsible for presenting for approximately 7 minutes on your final paper topic.  Your presentation should cover the following: How you came to define your topic and the search strategies you used to find relevant research. The different perspectives and findings reflected in...

COM 533 Ethical Persuasion: Discussion Paper on Stealth Marketing, Micro-Targeting, and Big Data

The following is the third short paper topic for the course COM 533: Ethical Persuasion. Drawing on principles and readings from across the course, analyze the ethical, social and legal implications of advances in stealth marketing, opinion-leader strategies, micro-targeting, and Big  Data tactics.  Discuss the factors and trends that have led advertisers and organizations to...

COM 589: Discussion Paper on the Food Biotech Debate

The following is the third short paper topic for the course COM 589: Sustainability Communication. Drawing on principles and readings from across the course, analyze the communication, public opinion and policy dynamics of the debate over food biotechnology.  What factors account for disagreement and diverging views on the safety and environmental risks of food biotechnology?...

COM 533 Ethical Persuasion: The Ethics of Marketing and Promotion in the Health, Drug and Personalized Medicine Industries

The following is the second short paper topic for the course COM 533 Ethical Persuasion. In your paper, based on the readings and class discussion, briefly review the factors and strategies that often lead to skewed news coverage and personal decision-making about fitness, diet, pharmaceutical drugs, and personalized medicine respectively. Discuss what might be unethical...