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SS370 (Version: 2019 2) COURSE DETAILS


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS370 MASS MEDIA & AMER POLITICS 2019 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This seminar introduces cadets to what is perhaps the single most influential private institution in the American political system, oftentimes referred to as the fourth branch or fourth estate of American government. This course examines the major concepts, theoretical frameworks, and substantive issues surrounding the study of the media as a conduit between the people and the government and as a political actor in it s own right. In particular, the roles, motivations, and effects of the constitutionally protected media on American political institutions and policymaking are extensively probed. The latter part of the course is dedicated to the study of the relationship between the military and the media, and prominent guest speakers are featured throughout the course to add context and practical application to the theories learned in class. The class includes a trip section to New York City to meet with journalists and news executives from national media outlets to round out the educational experience.
LESSONS: 30 @ 75 min (2.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Research paper.

SS370 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS202 1979 1 1 Y
  SS252 1979 1 2 Y

SS370 (Version 2019-2) COURSE OFFERINGS


AYT #SECT/SIZE CPBLTY ENRLD WAIT SEATS CLOSED CRSE DIRECTOR DETAILS
2023 - 2 1 18 18 18 0 0 N CAPT KIM Hours

2024 - 2 2 18 36 20 0 16 Y DR SONDHEIMER Hours

2025 - 2 1 18 18 18 0 0 N Hours

2026 - 2 1 18 18 0 0 18 N MAJ HARRIS Hours


SS370 (Version: 2014 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS370 MASS MEDIA & AMER POLITICS 2014 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This seminar introduces cadets to what is perhaps the single most influential private institution in the American political system, oftentimes referred to as the fourth branch or fourth estate of American government. This course examines the major concepts, theoretical frameworks, and substantive issues surrounding the study of the media as a conduit between the people and the government and as a political actor in it s own right. In particular, the roles, motivations, and effects of the constitutionally protected media on American political institutions and policymaking are extensively probed. The latter part of the course is dedicated to the study of the relationship between the military and the media, and prominent guest speakers are featured throughout the course to add context and practical application to the theories learned in class. The class includes a trip section to New York City to meet with journalists and news executives from national media outlets to round out the educational experience.
LESSONS: 20 @ 110 min (1.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Research paper.

SS370 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS202 1979 1 1 Y
  SS252 1979 1 2 Y

SS370 (Version: 2008 2) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS370 MASS MEDIA & AMER POLITICS 2008 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This seminar introduces cadets to what is perhaps the single most influential private institution in the American political system ? oftentimes referred to as the ?fourth branch? or ?fourth estate? of American government. The mass media, to include newspapers, television journalism, radio, the arts, and the internet, receive both theoretical and practical inquiry. In particular, the roles, motivations, and effects of the constitutionally protected media on American political institutions and policymaking are extensively probed. One third of the course is dedicated to the study of the relationship between the military and the media in order to develop meaningful policy prescriptions for future deployments and another third of the classes are dedicated to prominent guest speakers. Finally, the semester is topped off with a trip section to New York City to meet with the NYT, Fox News and MSNBC to round out the educational experience.
LESSONS: 20 @ 110 min (1.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Analytical writing requirement; compensatory time provided.

SS370 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS202 1979 1 1 Y
  SS252 1979 1 2 Y

SS370 (Version: 2004 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS370 MASS MEDIA & AMER POLITICS 2004 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This seminar introduces cadets to what is perhaps the single most influential private institution in the American political system ý oftentimes referred to as the ýfourth branchý or ýfourth estateý of American government. The mass media, to include newspapers, television journalism, radio, the arts, and the internet, receive both theoretical and practical inquiry. In particular, the roles, motivations, and effects of the constitutionally protected media on American political institutions and policymaking are extensively probed. Cadets study past relationships between the military and the media in order to develop meaningful policy prescriptions for future deployments. Guest speakers and a trip section to New York City round out the educational experience.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Analytical writing requirement; compensatory time provided.

SS370 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS202 1979 1 1 Y
  SS252 1979 1 2 Y

SS370 (Version: 1987 2) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS370 MASS MEDIA & AMER POLITICS 1987 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This seminar builds on previously developed research and analytical skills necessary to understand American public policymaking. The key objective of the course is to familiarize cadets with current literature on how mass media (to include newspapers, TV journalism, radio, and the arts) affects the political process from elections and public opinion to the process of governing and policymaking. The course will also devote about one third of the semester to exploring general issues concerning the relationship between the military and the media.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Analytical writing requirement; compensatory time provided.

SS370 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS360 1975 1 1 Y
  SS368 1989 2 2 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS201 1979 1 1 Y
  SS202 1979 1 1 Y
  SS201 1979 1 2 Y
  SS252 1979 1 2 Y
  SS202 1979 1 3 Y
  SS251 1979 1 3 Y
  SS251 1979 1 4 Y
  SS252 1979 1 4 Y