|授業科目名||Seminar（Panics and potential in the media）／Special Lecture（Panics and potential in the media）|
|科目の目的・到達目標||This course aims to enable students to critically examine discourse about the media, and to position popular claims about the media in broader historical and theoretical contexts. Students will cultivate the skills necessary to view contemporary news reporting and other non-fiction texts through multiple perspectives, debate the relationship between media discourse and political and societal issues, and relate commonplace ideas in society today to critical academic theories.|
|授業の概要||Media texts often become formative lenses through which we understand the society in which we live – as well as other societies we may have little or no personal familiarity with – and this includes our understanding of the media itself. News reports and documentaries showcase deep anxieties about the harm caused by media (such as social media addiction, decreased concentration and language skills, or the spread of dangerous ideologies) alongside persistent beliefs in its potential to shape society for the better. This course aims to critically examine discourse about the influence and effects of media, with the goal of enabling students to identify and interrogate the assumptions and beliefs about the media utilized by popular works.
This course is divided into three units, examining in turn media panic research, internet-based activism, and discourse on social problems in national and transnational contexts. Weekly academic readings will be paired with representative popular texts (such as newspaper articles, magazine articles, and videos). Classes will be based on group discussion and analysis of texts.
|授業計画||Week 1: Introduction: Media effects
Week 2: Moral panics
Week 3: Targets and backlash
Week 4: Regulation and censorship
Week 5: Media activism
Week 6: Identification and role models
Week 7: Online participation and celebrity heroes
Week 8: Social problems discourse
Week 9: Documentary viewing and discussion, reading journal due
Week 10: Talking about the nation
Week 11: Presentation guidance
Week 12: Student presentations
Week 13: Student presentations
Week 14: Conclusions
|評価方法||・Class participation: 20%
Criteria: Based on regular attendance and thoughtful participation in class discussions.
・Class presentation: 20%
Criteria: A short presentation on a relevant text, followed by discussion on the topic. Grades will be based on topic selection and participation in the class discussion.
・Reading journal: 30%
Criteria: 3–5 journal entries (200–400 words each) reflecting on the class discussions and readings. Grades will be determined based on demonstrated comprehension and engagement with the course content.
・Final presentation: 30%
Criteria: A 30-minute group presentation presenting an annotated analysis of one relevant work. Grades will be based on argumentation, engagement with course content, and clarity.
|テキスト・参考文献等||Materials will be provided by the instructor. Students will be expected to independently select relevant examples to discuss in class.|
|授業外の学習活動||Students will be expected to read academic and/or popular works for class, as well as find related works in news or other media outlets to facilitate class discussions.|