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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2009

AMS 391 • Urban Communication

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29445 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CMA A6.168

Course Description

This course shows how to understand urban communication in "mediapolis" and teaches future journalists how to report and analyze urban issues. It examines urban space and place, symbolism, city images and identity; the decentralization and globalization of cities, the rise of electronic and Internet media, city cinema and city magazines and the impact of new communication technologies on city form and function.

It covers decision-making in a multi-centered, multi-cultured and multi-mediated metropolis in the new geography and cyberspace of virtual reality; in the natural and built environment of urban growth and ecology. It suggests ways to report news on architecture, design, transportation, economics, housing, human relations of race, age, class and gender, government, health, medicine, entertainment, recreation, education, and the natural environment.

Grading Policy

Research Report/Articles 50% Class Discussion 30% Bibliographic Search 20%


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