JOUR 1001 Contemporary Media Analysis

About the Course

This course is a broad survey of mass media. We will examine the institutional, sociocultural and economic realities of all categories of mass media including books, newspapers, magazines, radio/music, TV, film and new media. We will also discuss media content, controversies, audiences, and historical development.

Grade Breakdown

65% written assignments
15% quiz scores
20% discussion forum participation

Required Text

Lule, J. (2013). Understanding media and culture: An introduction to mass communication. Flat World Knowledge. Retrieved from

Instructor Contact


Dean Colby completed his doctorate in Mass Com in 2003 (at the age of 41) at CU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research interests include the political economy of media, media industries, laws & policy of new media (with emphasis on access issues), and the complicated relationships that exist among commercial media, culture, and politics. Dean has regularly taught classes for the SJMC.

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8:00am to 5:00pm


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University of Colorado Boulder
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Boulder, Colorado