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Media History (302-0-22)


Propaganda, Persuasion & Journalism


Bradley Jay Hamm

Meeting Info

Fisk Hall 307: Tues, Thurs 2:00PM - 3:50PM

Overview of class

Studying the history of propaganda, persuasion and the media is critical in understanding the myths and reality of major events and issues in global and local societies. It also illustrates the importance of journalism in helping citizens with accurate information and context so they can understand their world and act while facing an avalanche of propaganda and persuasive efforts to influence them.

This seminar focuses primarily on the 20th century. It examines techniques and frameworks for understanding expansive propaganda and persuasion efforts across all forms of media. It also provides historical lessons and practical guides for journalism students today.

Propaganda is often linked to politics and war, but this course will examine a wide range of topics in journalism and media. We will have access to primary sources for students to study areas of particular interest.

Registration Requirements

Sophomore standing
Prereqs: JOUR 201-1, JOUR 201-2

Class Materials (Required)


Class Attributes

Attendance at 1st class mandatory
Prerequisites apply, see description
No Freshmen
SDG Peace & Justice

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for Medill Sophomores & Juniors