Instructor: Corrina Guerrero *Orientation meeting online May 31st1, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. No class on Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday, This course equips students to become more intelligent consumers of media. As they practice critiquing various news sources for accuracy, relevancy, truthfulness and ethical values, they will learn how to uncover the bigger societal issues that drive our news stories. Media has become one of the most potent communicators of self-definition, information, and values in our society. This course explores media’s presence and potency in American culture and analyzes media methods and values from the standpoint of the Gospel and Christian faith. Since media permeates every aspect of our lives, it warrants an intelligent and critical response to the way itchallenges us to define ourselves, our values, and our faith in the modern world. Multiple forms of media will be examined from historical, sociological, and ethical perspectives. This is not a self-paced course: students must “log in” to class multiple times a week, work independently and in groups, and meet regularly scheduled deadlines. This elective course can only be completed during the summer through the Bishop O’Dowd High School Summer Academy. Students have one week to drop the course for a partial (50%) refund and two weeks to drop the course with no refund (course grade will be reflected on students transcripts).