MCOM 300 Graduate Research Methods in Media Studies
This course teaches students how to critically read, design, and implement scientific research and use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods and data analysis techniques to address research questions and hypotheses common in the field of media studies. Students participate in actual research projects and apply various techniques of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Restricted to major or instructor consent. Annually. Syllabus
MCOM 301 (SOAN 313) Seminar in Communication Theory and Research
The seminar introduces the student to trends in media studies research and theoretical approaches to the media and communication process. Focus is placed on contemporary media and communication theories.Restricted to major or instructor consent. Annually. Syllabus
MCOM 302 (SOAN 317) Seminar in Arab Media and Society
A seminar on the political, social, and economic effects of the new communication technologies on modern Arab society. Special attention is given to the effects of cultural deviance in the media on children and the effects of the communication media on social and cultural change. Restricted to major or instructor consent.Annually.
MCOM 310 Digital Media Literacy and Education
Explores media education and digital media literacy, or the ability to effectively access, analyze, evaluate and create digital media. Examines how media messages shape politics, culture and society, and explores new media production skills, including blogs, podcasts, photo and video manipulation. Alternative years.
MCOM 311 Media Law and Ethics
A survey of Lebanese, Arab and International media laws and regulations, and their application within the realms of journalism, public relations, advertising, digital media, and entertainment, with an exploration of ethical guidelines, moral values, and social responsibilities of media scholars, practitioners and educators. Alternative years.
MCOM 312 (SOAN 314) Seminar in Persuasion Theory and Practice
The seminar deals with how individuals exercise influence through communication. It examines the appropriate boundaries of persuasion research, the impact of persuasive practices, and the dynamic nature of persuasion inquiry. The seminar conducts an interdisciplinary examination of research in a wide range of areas related to persuasion of interest to mass communication students, psychologists, and public health practitioners. Occasionally.
MCOM 313 (SOAN 316) Seminar in Communication and Development
A seminar on the role of communication in developing societies, with a focus on the media as modernizing agent, and on questions that are relevant for the understanding of the socioeconomic developmental process in less developed cultures. Occasionally.
MCOM 380 Global Media Literacy
This course explores how distinctive global media shape views of politics, culture and society within nations, across regions and internationally. It analyzes information, values and underlying messages conveyed via various forms of media. It will develop research methods, designs and instruments that examine the accuracy of various media messages. The research designs will be later implemented in the afternoon course (MCOM 381). Note: this course is part of a study abroad program. Students need to apply to the office of International Programs to enroll. Every Summer. Co-requisite: MCOM 381. See Salzburg Academy.
MCOM 381 Global Change, Cooperation and News
A summer abroad course built around global problems of contemporary importance. The class will be broken into cooperative teams that will apply analytic frameworks, research tools and concepts derived from the morning course (MCOM 380) to examine a global event, issue or problem as it is represented regionally. Note: this course is part of a study abroad program. Students need to apply to the office of International Programs to enroll. Every Summer. Co-requisite: MCOM 380. See Salzburg Academy.
MCOM 390 (SOAN 325) Special Topics in Communication
This course is devoted normally to MCOM faculty or visiting professors and recognized scholars to explore topics of current interest. May be repeated for credit. Occasionally.
MCOM 391 (SOAN 322) Graduate Tutorial in Communication
This course is open to graduate students preferably during the second semester of the first year in their program of study. Tutorials provide opportunities for students to pursue directed readings and preliminary grounded research of relevance to their envisaged fields of concentration. May be repeated for credit.
MCOM 395 (SOAN 395) Comprehensive Exam
Prerequisite: Consent of adviser.
MCOM 398 MA Project
MCOM 399 (SOAN 399) MA Thesis