Course Descriptions

Core Courses

JOUR 15a Writing News for Broadcast and the Internet
Signature of the instructor required. Core course for Journalism Program. This course may not be repeated for credit by students who have taken ENG 9b in previous years.
A hands-on workshop designed to teach basic broadcast newswriting skills, as well as techniques for gathering, producing, and delivering radio and television news. Stresses the importance of accuracy. Issues of objectivity, point of view, and freedom of the press are discussed. Writing assignments will be written on deadline. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Melnicove

AMST 137b Journalism in Twentieth-Century America
Examines what journalists have done, how their enterprise has in fact conformed with their ideals, and what some of the consequences have been for the republic historically and in contemporary terms. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Whitfield

JOUR 120a The Culture of Journalism
Examines the social, cultural, political and economic influences on the practice and profession of journalism. Provides the background and concepts for a critical analysis of the American press. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Farrelly

JOUR 138b The Contemporary World in Print
Signature of the instructor required.
Introduces students to the practice of news reporting for print media and links theory and history to the working craft of journalism. Trains students in the fundamentals of newsgathering and writing and provides an opportunity to practice those skills in conditions simulating a newsroom. A concern for ethics, balance, and accuracy is stressed in all assignments. Usually offered every year.
Ms. McNamara

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JOUR 110b Ethics in Journalism
Should reporters ever misrepresent themselves? Are there pictures newspapers should not publish? Is it ever acceptable to break the law in pursuit of a story? Examines the media's ethics during an age dominated by scandal and sensationalism. Usually offered every year.
Ms. McNamara

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Internships and Independent Studies

JOUR 89a Contemporary Media: Internship and Analysis
For students with media internships.
Prerequisite: JOUR 15a, 138b; and JOUR 120a or AMST 137b.

Brings together students who are independently engaged in various media internships and provides an opportunity for them to exchange their experiences with other students and to discuss and analyze related readings. Students who choose to satisfy the journalism minor's internship option must take this course. Usually offered every semester.

JOUR 98a/98b Independent Study
Student designs his or her own course of study. Student writes a final paper on his or her research. Usually offered every semester.

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Elective Courses: Contemporary Affairs and the Media

AMST 103b Advertising and the Media
May not be taken for credit by students who took JOUR 103b in previous years.
Combines a historical analysis of advertising with an examination of its contemporary practice. Examines the creative process, advertising across media, and blurring of the line between advertising and editorial content. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Farrelly

AMST 132b International Affairs and the American Media

This is an experiential learning course. Examines and assesses American media coverage of major international events and perspectives with special emphasis on the Middle East. In addition to analyzing the political, economic, cultural, and tactical factors that influence coverage, students will be challenged to consider the extent to which the American media have influenced their own understanding of the crisis in the Middle East and the relationship the United States has with that part of the world. Students will engage in online chats with students in the Middle East, and they will write and edit their own television news pieces about developments in the region. Usually offered every second year. Ms. Farrelly

AMST 134b The New Media in America
Analyzes the adaptation of new media in American society and culture. Examines the ways Americans have thought about and utilized new methods of mass communication in the twentieth century. Usually offered every year.

AMST 139b Race and Gender in the News and Newsroom
Examines the news media's relationship to demographic and cultural change, and the influence of journalistic ideologies on the coverage of women and various ethnic and cultural groups. Usually offered every second year.

AMST 144b Signs of Imagination: Gender and Race in Mass Media
Examines hos men and women are represented and represent themselves in American popular culture. Discusses the cultural contexts of the terms "femininity" and "masculinity" and various examples of the visibility and marketablitiy of these terms today. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Davé

JOUR 104a Political Packaging in America
Examines the history of political marketing, image-making in presidential campaigns, the relationship between news and ads, and the growth of public-policy advertising by special-interest groups to influence legislation. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. McNamara

JOUR 107b Media and Public Policy
Examines the intersection of media and politics, the ways in which each influences the other, and the consequences of that intersection for a democracy. Through analytic texts, handouts, and contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles, explores the relationship between policy decisions and public discourse. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. McNamara

JOUR 109b Digital and Multimedia Journalism
Enrollment limited to 14. Limited to participants in the Journalism Program and American Studies concentrators.
The fast-changing landscape of new information technologies, from the Internet to wireless networking, is redefining the nature and practice of journalism today. This course explores the political, sociological, legal, and ethical issues raised by these new media technologies. The Internet, in particular, is a double-edged sword: It poses both a real threat and opportunity to newspapers and television news, and to the concept of the media's watchdog role in a democracy. It also provides journalists with powerful new tools for news gathering, but often at the expense of individual privacy rights.Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Bass

JOUR 112b Literary Journalism: The Art of Feature Writing
Introduces students to signal works of literary journalism. Helps develop the student's own voices by honing and improving student's own work and by critiquing the work of professionals and colleagues. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Feeney

JOUR 114b Arts Journalism
Introduces students to cultural reporting, profiling, and criticism. Students read and discuss the work of notable past and present practitioners with the aim of enhancing their skills as both consumers and producers of arts journalism. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Feeney

AAAS 117a Communications and Social Change in Developing Nations
Examines the role of communications and information systems within and between developed and underdeveloped nations and addresses the larger perspective of global communications. Usually offered in odd years.

JOUR 130b Medical and Science News Writing
Scientific progress has brought extraordinary medical advances and serious environmental crises. Good medical and science journalism has never been more important in understanding our world and how to fix it. This course is an introduction to the skills needed to cover medical and science news. It focuses on how to report and write daily news stories and longer features. It also explores the ethical, social, and political issues raised by the press coverage of science and medicine. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Bass

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Elective Courses: Politics, Law and Ethics

LGLS 137a Libel and Defamation, Privacy and Publicity
Signature of the instructor required. A library-intensive course.
Consideration of the historical, cultural, and constitutional roots--and judicial application--of laws defining libel and defamation. Part of the course will be devoted to "privacy rights" as they apply to issues of artistic freedom and integrity. Usually offered in even years.
Ms. Davis

POL 110a Media Politics and Society
A broad-based inquiry into the role of the media in contemporary American society, with special emphasis on the political impact of the media, the ethics of good reporting, the rise of new technologies, and current legal issues regarding freedom of the press. Usually offered in even years.
Mr. Abramson

POL 115a Constitutional Law
Analysis of core principles of constitutional law as formulated by the Supreme Court. Primary focus on the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses, federalism, the commerce clause, and the separation of powers. Emphasis also on the moral values and political theories that form our constitutional system. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Woll

POL 115b Seminar: Constituional Law and Theory
Advanced research seminar on selected issues of constitutional law. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Woll

POL 116b Civil Liberties in America
The history and politics of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States, with emphasis on the period from World War I to the present. Emphasis on freedom of speech, religion, abortion, privacy, racial discrimination, and affirmative action. Readings from Supreme Court cases and influential works by historians and political philosophers. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Abramson

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Elective Courses: Analytical and Research Methods

AMST 191b Greening the Ivory Tower:  Improving Environmental Sustainability of Brandeis and Community
Signature of the instructor required.
In this hands-on course, students design and implement environmental sustainability initiatives to benefit the campus and the local community. Students analyze the environmental impact of human activities within the existing legal, political, and social structure; learn basic research strategies for auditing and assessing the effect of these activities; and contribute to the overall understanding of the environmental impact of the Brandeis community on its surroundings. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Goldin

SOC 181a Methods of Social Inquiry
Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research. Throughout the course emphasis is on conceptual understanding, with hands-on applications and exercises. No statistical or mathematical background is necessary. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Cadge or Mr. Cunningham

LGLS 140b Inverstigating Justice
Examines methods used by journalists and other inverstigators in addressing injustices withihin criminal and civil legal systems. Problems include wrongful conviction, civil rights, privacy protection, and ethical conflicts. Reserach methods and reporting techniques enhance skills in interviewing, writing, and oral presentation. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Kabrhel

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Elective Courses: History, Principles and Practice

JOUR 112b Literary Journalism: The Art of Feature Writing
Reviews practical aspects of writing features for newspapers and magazines. Students critique their own writing, and that of professionals and colleagues.

JOUR 113aj Magazine Reporting: Long Form Journalism
Students will work collaboratively to build on their daily political reporting expiriences to produce full-length magazine features. As a team of reporters, researchers, writers, editors, and fact-checkers, they will learn to write artful narrative stories.
Ms. McNamara

JOUR 145a Opinion Writing
An exploration of opinion writing in all of its journalistic forms. In an era of unverified assertion, examines the need for well researched commentary to illuminate public policy. Students will experiment with "voice" and "tone" adn learn to write with humor and/or outrage.
Ms. McNamara

AMST 130b Television and American Culture
An interdisciplinary course with three main lines of discussion and investigation: an aesthetic inquiry into the meaning of television style and genre; a historical consideration of the medium and its role in American life; and a technological study of televisual communication. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Doherty

AMST 131b News on Screen
This course on moving image reportage will trace the history of news on screen from the silent cinema to the age of cable. Motion picture documentaries, newsreels, screen magazines, network news reports, televised events, and broadcast journalism will be the occasion for an inquiry into journalistic practice in the media of film and television. Usually offered every second year.
Mr. Doherty

AMST 133a The History of Media in America An introductory survey that considers the development and influence of the mass media in America from the colonial period to the present. The goal is to bring the skills of historical analysis to the study of mass media, so that students will come to kow the fluid and constructed nature of the media environment that shapes their understanding of the contemporary world. Usually offered every year.

AMST 135b Radio in American Culture
Explores the cultural history of radio: the broadcast industry, legislation and regulation, and programming from 1920 to the present. Topics include news, advertising, serial drama, comedy, wartime radio, religion, race, Top 40, and sports/talk radio, using both texts and program recordings. Usually offered every second year.

ENG 9a Advanced Writing Seminar
Signature of the instructor required.
A workshop in nonfiction designed mainly for juniors and seniors who want to develop skills in the critical or personal essay, in memoir, autobiography, or scholarly writing. Readings include short works of nonfiction by a wide variety of writers. Usually offered every year.

Eng 17a Alternative and Underground Journalism
A critical history of twentieth-century American journalism. Topics include the nature of journalistic objectivity, the style of underground and alternative periodicals, and the impact of new technologies on independent media. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Irr

Eng 60a Documentary Prose and Film
This is an experiential learning course. An introduction documentary, covering major works of nonfiction film and prose. Focuses on the variety of documentary techniques in both media and controversies surrounding efforts to represent the real. Usually offered every third year.
Ms. Irr

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Elective Courses: Communications Theory

ANTH 26a Communication and Media
The exploration of human communication from an anthropological perspective. Examination of communication codes based on language and visual signs. The cultural impact of revolutions in media technology, including printing, television, computer networks, and advertising. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Parmentier

SOC 120b Globalization and the Media
Investigates the phenomenon of globalization as it relates to mass media. Topics addressed include the growth of transnational media organizations, the creation of audiences that transcend territorial groupings, the hybridization of cultural styles, and the consequences for local identities. Usually offered every second year.
Ms. Miller

SOC 146a Mass Communications Theory
As an examination of key theories in mass communication, including mass culture, hegemony, the production of culture, and resistance. Themes discussed include the nature of media effects, the role of the audience, and the extent of diversity in the mass media. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Miller

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Additional courses at Wellesley College may be taken through cross-registration.