Media Studies

Media Law and Policy

Media Law and Policy recognizes it would be impossible to understand law and politics without appreciating the significance of media. This area uses media to study a wide range of legal, regulatory, political, and activist concerns, including the First Amendment, privacy and surveillance, cyberlaw, and intellectual property as well as social movements, social justice, and political transformation.

To fulfill this area of concentration, students must complete an elective from each of the three categories below. Two additional electives may come from any area of concentration.

MLP.1 Research Methodologies
Courses in this category use either quantitative or a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods designed to be useful in collecting and organizing information to guide public policy.

  • Economics C3: Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Environmental Economics C1: Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Media Studies 130: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Media Studies
  • Political Science 3/W3: Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods
  • Public Policy 101: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
  • Sociology 5: Evaluation of Evidence
  • Sociology 7: The Power of Numbers: Quantitative Data in the Social Science


MLP.2 Institutions

Courses in this category explore the official and/or unofficial policies of governmental and/or nongovernmental institutions as they relate to media. Nongovernmental institutions can be nonprofit or for-profit.

  • African American Studies 134/C134: Information Technology and Society
  • American Studies C134: Information Technology and Society
  • American Studies C172: History of American Business
  • Education 183: High School, The Movie
  • Film and Media 177: Entertainment Law
  • German 160B: Politics and Culture in 20th Century Germany: Fascism and Propaganda
  • Information 134: Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100H: Introduction to Media and International Relations
  • Journalism 136: Media Ethics
  • Media Studies 104B: History of Journalism
  • Media Studies 104E: History and Development of Online News
  • Media Studies 180: Television Studies
  • New Media 151AC: Transforming Tech
  • Political Science 106A: Campaign Strategy: Media and Message
  • Psychology 149D: Early Childhood Policy
  • Sociology 110: Organizations and Social Institutions
  • Sociology 117: Sport as a Social Institution
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 106: Marketing
  • Undergraduate Business Administration 160: Consumer Insight


MLP.3 Citizenship

Courses in this category examine public political participation (voting, activism, (dis)enfranchisement, etc.) and/or law (legislation, regulation, judicial decisions, etc.) as applicable to media.

  • Anthropology 156A: Politics and Anthropology
  • Asian American Studies 132/132AC: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
  • Gender and Women’s Studies 116AC: Queer Theories: Activist Practices
  • Gender and Women’s Studies 132AC: Gender, Race, and Law
  • Information 188: Behind the Data: Humans and Values
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 100I: Consumer Society and Culture
  • Letters and Science C138: Art and Activism
  • Letters and Science C180U: Wealth and Poverty
  • Media Studies 104D: Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Media Studies 138: Ethnographic Film and Documentary Form: History, Ethics and Aesthetics of Reality Based Media
  • Media Studies 190: Manipulative Messages: A History of Propaganda and Conspiracy
  • Media Studies 190: Foreign Influence in America
  • Music C138: Art and Activism
  • Political Science 161: Public Opinion, Voting & Participation
  • Political Science 164A: Political Psychology and Involvement
  • Political Science W164A: Political Psychology and Involvement
  • Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty
  • Public Policy 192AC: Social Movements, Organizing, and Policy Change
  • Sociology 114: Sociology ofLaw
  • Sociology 140: Politics and Social Change
  • Sociology 141: Social Movements and Political Action
  • Sociology 145/145AC/145L: Social Change
  • Sociology 148: Social Policy