An introductory media studies course is a staple of post-secondary education. What are instructors teaching in this course, and to what extent are the principles of media literacy education being incorporated into this likely home? This article reports the findings of a small survey of instructors, who describe aspects of their course content and pedagogy. Media literacy appears to provide a basic foundation in most cases, though instructors struggle with structural constraints. Findings suggest that more focus should be placed on teaching the political and economic contexts of media, and that instructors should embrace active learning and creative engagement.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, published by Elsevier. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1177/1077695815572191
Ashley, Seth. (2015). "Media Literacy in Action?: What Are We Teaching in Introductory College Media Studies Courses?". Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 70(2), 161-173.