Form NC:

New Course Proposal




Political Science

Form NC #:





I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Pol 3266f. Variable Topics in American Politics:Media and Politics. (SS; 4 cr; QP-1200; SP-1201; or #; not offered 2001-2002)

This course will examine the relationship between the mass media, government and the public in the "American Democracy". Topics which will be covered in the course include: democratic theory and media/press, the role of an informed citizenry in theories of U.S. democracy, the role media play or do not play in informing the U.S. citizenry; the myriad and sometimes subtle ways the media influence public opinion and the relationship of media, public opinion, and elites in our politics.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This is a new course for the discipline, and is made possible by shifting a course previously taught every year to every other year. The media plays a very influential role in politics, and this course will focus on how both the media reports as well as how political actors use the media to accomplish their objectives.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2001

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Paula O’Laughlin

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):


Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

Students will be exposed to some of the most important literature in the field relating to the effect of the mass media on the political system. Students will be required to critically analyze this material.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Students will be required to complete three predominantly essay exams that require advanced critical thinking skills to successfully complete. Students will also be required to write a significant paper in which they will demonstrate their ability/inability to understand and meet the course objectives.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.


Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)