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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39050 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.306

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for Government. This course examines the ways in which the media shape how we think about race. In doing so, this course will first explore the nature and construction of race. Second, it will examine the media establishment and its role in politics. Third, it will apply theories of media norms to explore how racial stereotypes are created and perpetuated. Finally, this course will examine the effects of racialized media images on political processes.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on two exams, one movie review, and several pop quizzes/in-class assignments. The format for the two exams will be a combination of short answer, multiple choice, and essays and will cover the lectures, films, and readings. You will need a blue book for each exam. Exams will NOT be cumulative. Review sheets will be posted on Blackboard before each exam. In addition, there will be an in-class review before each exam. Quizzes will be given at random and at any time during lecture. Do not ask me ahead of time if there will be a quiz on a particular day. Frequently, I give quizzes at the beginning of class so be on time. If you miss a quiz because of tardiness, you CANNOT make it up. Each quiz/in-class assignment will be worth 2 points each. You will receive one point for just handing in a quiz/in-class assignment. Credit for the remainder point is determined by the quality of your work. Your quiz/in-class assignment grade will be calculated by taking the total number of points that you have earned divided by the total number of points available minus one quiz. In other words, each student can miss one quiz without it counting against his/her grade. In the case of a conflict, please notify me ahead of time so that we can make alternative arrangements. Without prior notification and proper documentation, missed quizzes and exams cannot be made up. NO EXCEPTIONS. The weight of each assignment in determining your final grade is as follows: Exam 1 25% Movie Review 25% Exam 2 25% Quizzes and in-class assignments 25%


Larson, Stephanie Greco. 2005. Media and Minorities: The Politics of Race in News and Entertainment. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. Leighley, Jan E. 2003. Mass Media and Politics: A Social Science Perspective. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.


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