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Course Descriptions


Qualitative Research Methods in Mass Communications (Graduate Level). Professor, 2015.


This course examines the qualitative research methodology as a whole, while examining individual  methods for mass communications research.  Each week presents students with a new qualitative research method in a way that prepares them to use that method, involving discussions of: research questions, steps taken to carry out a method, how to collect, present, and analyze data, and how we as researchers can contribute to methodological fields of inquiry.  Along with tracing important epistemological stances of qualitative research, the course will explore bodies of theory that help to explain the rationale for conducting particular research.


International Mass Communications. Graduate Instructor, 2013-2015.

This course examines the role of international media in communications about global questions and/or crises among and between nations and peoples.  Such media roles include the reportage, portrayal, representation, misrepresentations, construction of knowledge about global questions or crises that may border on social justice, health, the politics of armament, disarmament, recognition of states and economic questions such as balance of trade and global debt crises, etc.  This course may include appraisal of mediated debates between nations and platforms such as the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO), among others.

World Media Systems. Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2011-2012.

This course is a comparative study of modern media systems of mass communications in two or more foreign countries depending on the expertise and exposure of instructors of record.  Students will gain an understanding of the theories and practices of media systems elsewhere in the world as a way of fostering greater awareness of other political cultures and to gain a better appreciation of the media system in the United States.  Across the board, students will be exposed to the ways media systems have developed and are shaped by elements that include history, politics, legal regimes, regulations, finances, media economics, technologies, institutional arrangements, culture, citizens' access, or lack thereof etc.  Another goal of the course is to equip students with a toolbox to replicate comparative media analyses in other countries and regions of interest.

Media and Democracy.  Graduate Instructor, 2012-2013 & Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2011-2012.

This course considers the role of the mass media with regard to developing civic awareness and engagement in democratic societies.  COMM 110 seeks to introduce students to the important role of the mass media in developing conceptions of democracy and democratic participation in contemporary societies. Utilizing current events, popular culture and the students' own relationship to media as the template, this course is designed to stimulate student thinking about the interrelationship between the dynamics of US culture, news, politics, and civil society in order to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of what civic engagement and global awareness can do towards nurturing democracy's principles and practices.


University of South Florida
The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications

Janelle Applequist, Ph.D.

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