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Revision Date: 15-May-23

Summer 2023 | ENG-2050-VO01 - Global Issues in the Media

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Donald De Voil
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This writing course examines the worldwide reporting of key issues in a range of audio, print, and electronic media. Students will study and write about several of the most significant issues facing today's world and discover how the language and style employed in creating and communicating news can affect public understanding and response to world events. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: English Composition.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore and analyze how a diversity of media sources (including radio, television, blogs, the foreign press, newspapers, weeklies, and narrative journalism) cover important global issues.
2. Analyze the role of journalism and journalists at important times throughout history, and learn the role of journalists within news organizations to better understand collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information as it relates to the research process.
3. Discuss and describe the purpose and power of rhetoric--including the media's use of informal spoken communication, sound bites, images, and speeches--and how it relates to understanding ethical issues involved in reporting and interpreting media communication.
4. Critically examine and reflect on the ways perception of contemporary world events is shaped by the medium in which they are communicated, including social media, crowd-sourced reporting, and official and unofficial blogs.
5. Examine global news reporting across different media platforms, both national and international, for differences in the selection of stories, and explore racial, gendered, historical, political, economic, and cultural biases in reporting.
6. Demonstrate consistent and confident use of standard English conventions, including grammar, usage, organization, and mechanics.
7. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
8. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
9. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question and demonstrate writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


A variety of teaching methods will be used in this course including:

  • Online class discussions and interactive activities
  • Regular writing assessments
  • Student research and presentation
  • Documentary films and webinar presentations

Evaluation Criteria

Course grades will be calculated as follows:

  • 35% course participation (assessed weekly)
  • 20% two short writing assignments (10% each)
  • 15% presentation
  • 30% thesis paper

Detailed guidelines and grading criteria for the short writing assignments, presentation, thesis paper and course participation, will be provided as separate documents in the resources module at the top of the online course site.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


May 23 - 29 Course Introductions



May 30 - June 5 News Media: History & Theory



June 6 - 12 Case Study: Pandemics in the News


First Short Writing Assignment Deadline



June 13 - 19 Censorship and Media Regulation



June 20 - 26 Media Monopoly and the news


Presentation Deadline



June 27 - July 3 Viewing Student Presentations


Second Short Writing Assignment Deadline



July 4 - 10 Developing Research Skills



July 11 - 17 Case Study: Reporting on Climate Change



July 18 - 24 Photojournalism: The Camera Never Lies?



July 25 - 31 Case Study: Al Jazeera and reporting the Iraq War


Thesis Paper - Draft Deadline



August 1 - 7 Online News



August 8 - 14 Course Wrap Up


Thesis Paper - Final Copy Deadline


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Course Participation Expectations

Most of the communication that takes place in this course will be asynchronous and will occur in discussion forums. These discussion forums are a 'classroom' space in which information can be seen by everyone registered for the course. If students need to communicate privately with the instructor or vice versa, CCV email will be used for such purposes.

Given the nature of academia, all written communication in this course should be made in proper English. As such, written communication should not include short hand or abbreviations (as is used when texting), slang or profanity. Students should read over and check all written course contributions before submitting them, in an effort to remove spelling and grammatical mistakes, and communicate clearly. All course participation should also be considered and respectful. Discussions typically benefit from diversity of opinion, but when disagreement does occur, this should not become personal and hurtful in nature. For example, to disagree with something another in the class has said by proposing an alternative argument is absolutely fine. To disagree by simply saying their argument is 'stupid' (or worse still, that they are 'stupid'), would not be.

Course Participation Grading

Weekly discussion forums will be a central and important component of this course. Students should expect to spent significant time thinking about and writing their own posts, as well as reading and responding to other people's. Students are expected to read all posts made in the course discussion forums. Students are also expected to make at least 6 contributionsto the discussion forums each week and post on at least 2 different days during any given week, with their first contribution occurring before the end of Friday. This convention is important, because effective dialogue can only proceed if students post early in the week and then check back in on discussions subsequently.

When posting, students are expected to write in complete sentences using proper English. Please proof posts to remove spelling and grammatical mistakes before submitting them to a discussion forum. Posts should be written in the student's own words (copying and pasting sections of text written by another person into a discussion forum without indicating you are using direct quotation, will be considered plagiarism.)

For each weekly module of the course, students will be given a participation score from 0 to 10 for their contributions to that week's discussion forums. The average of these scores at the end of the semester will generate a student's overall course participation grade, which makes up 40% of the final course grade. Detailed guidelines on how participation grades will be awarded, will be provided in a separate document that will be posted in the 'Course resources' module in the online course site.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Work Policy:

Extensions for late posting in discussion forums will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with their instructor in advance to complete assignments and participation requirements prior to the absence. Evaluated assignments that are submitted late and where no extension has been granted prior to the deadline, may still be accepted as the instructor's discretion, but will be assessed a 'missed deadline' penalty. This will begin as a 5% penalty, which will increase by a further 1% for each subsequent day that the assignment is overdue, capping at a 25%.

Please Note: Guidelines and grading criteria for the short writing assignments, presentation, thesis paper and course participation, will be provided as separate documents in the resources module at the top of the online course site.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.