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  PSY-210 Psychology of the Mass Media
4 Credits
  A seminar critiquing the ideological assumptions that shape daily life and national policy. Based on a study of cognitive dissonance and attribution theories, we will examine the means by which mass media, propaganda, and psychological mechanisms may combine to convince a population that irrational beliefs and inhumane policies are normative and just. Employing the perspectives of social psychology, sociology, and political science, this course is designed for those with advanced reading skills who are comfortable with nonfiction, non-textbook materials. Students should be willing to participate actively in discussions. Prerequisite: SOC 105 or permission of the instructor.