RU COMS 300 course calendar

First: Order the book Revolutions in Communciation   ($15 used, $25 – $35 new)

Next, get familiar with the syllabus and the schedule:

  • Daily in summer:   Read a chapter in Revolutions in Communication,  look at the slide show,  participate in the discussion groups, and then take the quiz.
  • Weekly in summer: Watch a film about people in the media and write a reaction about the film for the D2L drop box.
  • Semester:  Research an event or person in the history of communication, using contemporary resources in the newspaper / magazine database,  and then write a short overview or biography.

Click on the little + signs to open up instructions for the week.
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May 15 -- Introduction to History

May 16 --The Printing Revolution - Section I intro and Chapter I

May 17 -- Chapter 2 The Industrial Press

  • Read Chapter 2
  • Look at the slide shows
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • Take Chapter 2  quiz.

May 18 -- Chapter 3 The Modern Press

  • Read Chapter 3
  • Look at the slide shows
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • Take Chapter 3 quiz. 

May 22 -- Section II Imaging revolution and Ch 4 Photography

  • Read the introduction for Section II on imaging along with Chapter  4 about photography.
  • Look at the Section II slide shows  
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • Take quiz 4.

May 23 -- Chapter 5 Cinema

  • Reach chapter 5 on Cinema
  • Look at the Section II slide shows 
  • Take Quiz 5
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • This is a good moment to recommend one of the very best histories of cinema ever made: Mark Cousins’  The Story of Film, a 15 hour love letter to world cinema history. It’s very unlikely that this will be topped anytime soon. It’s just brilliant, and trust me, you will love it.   So when you watch one of your movies from the Films about Media section and write a short description / reaction in the D2L discussion  area, you might want to watch The Story of Film. Another good one is The Battle over Citizen Kane.

May 24 -- Chapter 6 Advertising

  • Reach chapter 6 on Advertising
  • Look at the Section II slide shows 
  • Take Quiz 6
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • You might want to consider “Crazy People” as a film from this section. Very funny but lots of insight about advertising too.

May 25 - June 4 -- Mid Term

  • These are mostly questions you’ve already seen from the quizzes.
  • You can take the mid-term on D2L any time between May 26  and June 4
  • You can only take the mid term once. You have two hours.

May 30-- Section III Electronic revolution and Ch. 7 Telephone & telegraph

  • Read  Section III intro and Chapter 7  (Telephone, telegraph, wire services)
  • Look at the Section III slide shows 
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • Take the quiz for Ch 7

May 31 -- Chapter 8 Radio history

  • Read Chapter 8
  • Look at the Section III slide shows 
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • Take the quiz for Ch 8
  • Recommended movies: Radio Days (Woody Allen);  Winchell (not great but a slice of the times).
  • Recommended documentary: War of the Worlds (American Experience) avail. on Netflix

June 1 -- Chapter 9 television

  • Read Chapter 9
  • Look at the Section III slide shows  
  • Media History Discussions on D2L
  • Take the quiz for Ch 9
  • Recommended movies: Network, Up Close and Personal 

June 5 -- Section IV -- The Digital Revolution and Ch. 10 Computers

  • Read Chapter 10
  • Look at the Section IV and Ch 10 slide shows 
  • Take the quiz for Ch 10
  • History Active (TBA)
  • Recommended documentary: Triumph of the Nerds (Parts 1, 2 and 3);  Silicon Pirates; bio-pix of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates

June 6-- Chapter 11 Networks

  • Read Chapter 11
  • Look at the Ch 11 slide show 
  • Take the quiz for Ch 11
  • History Active (TBA)
  • Recommended documentary: Triumph of the Nerds (Parts  4, 5, and 6)

June 7 -- Chapter 12 Global Culture

  • Read Chapter 12
  • Look at the Ch 12 slide show
  • Take the quiz for Ch 12
  • History Active (TBA)
  • Im looking for recommendations about movies from Bollywood or Nollywood that tell stories about global culture.

 

Semester research project due

  • Research memo on media history — It’s very very very important to read the instructions. This is not at all like any other research paper you have written. It’s not terribly complicated but it will involve searching through news archives and reporting on what you find.
  • Turn in the research memo in the Assignments drop box on D2L.

 

Final exam

  • Like the mid term, this will rely mostly on questions from your quizzes but will also involve essay questions that you will turn in separately in the D2L assignments box.