Week 1

We define and discuss the term “propaganda” and consider its importance today. 

If you did not participate in the synchronous meeting, please watch the recording. Then answer the questions on the YouTube page by creating and uploading a video comment in the comments section.


  1. Introductions
  2. View and Discuss “Trust Me, I’m Lying” video
  3. View and discuss “Fake News Wasn’t the Biggest Problem”
  4. Read the syllabus and review the learning outcomes
  5. Review the content of the course
  6. Thursday 7 p.m. will be our regular F2F online class meeting time
  7. Discuss the philosophy of the class and the particular learning approach used
    • What is an “open-network learning environment”? Why are we not using SAKAI?
    • What makes online learning with digital literacy powerful?
    • What does the term, “propaganda” mean to you?
    • What do you need to do to be successful in this course?
    • How can this course benefit you?
  8. Preview homework and expectations for next week


  1. Introductions, Part 1. On the MUUT page marked “Who are You?” respond to the prompt designed to activate your early memories about propaganda in your life. You are encouraged to read and respond to the ideas of other class members. You might want to check out the User Guide for the MUUT Discussion Board so you understand how it works. Click here to establish an account.
  2. Comment: View the  video “Fake News Wasn’t the Problem” and make a comment on a key idea using the ANT Video Annotation tool
  3. View: “Look Who’s Back” on Netflix. After viewing, comment on the film’s messages about propaganda and contemporary media using the Flipgrid. Comment and respond to at least one peer. Consider these questions in your response:
    1. Describe a favorite scene in the film and explained why you liked it.
    2. Why did media producers promote Hitler?
    3. How do you interpret the ending of the film? Why did the director include this?
  4. Read the assigned readings for Week  2 (links are available below). After reading, compose a comment where you summarize and comment on some key ideas from what you learned from reading on the MUUT discussion board, “Response to Week 2 Readings.” Comment and respond to at least one peer.
  5. CREATE. Establish a Twitter account and post a message using class hashtag #COM416. Use search (on terms like propaganda, public relations, disinformation, etc) to find at least 20 interesting people to follow, including your instructor @reneehobbs.
  6. CREATE a blog for this course. Create a blog and create an About page that presents your identity. Send a tweet to the instructor with the hashtag #COM416 plus the link to your blog’s home page before Thursday, Feb 2 at 7 p.m. Need help creating a blog? Try Wix or Weebly. Or watch this video. Or check out the WordPress.com Learning page

VIEW: “Look Who’s Back.” Director: David Wnendt. NOTE: This film is available on Netflix.

READINGS to complete for WEEK 2 

READ: Jowett, Garth and O’Donnell, Victoria (2012). Chapter 1. What is Propaganda and How is it Different from Persuasion? Propaganda and Persuasion. 5th Edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

READ: Hobbs, R. & McGee, S. (2014). Teaching about propaganda: An examination of the historical roots of media literacy. Journal of Media Literacy Education 6(2), 56 – 67.

READ: Hobbs, R. (2016). What is Propaganda and Where to Find It. Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda.

READ:  Welch, David (2013). Chapter 1. A Much Maligned and Misunderstood Term. Propaganda: Power and Persuasion. London: The British Library. 


Next class: Thursday, February 2 7 p.m. 

DUE: LEAP 1, February 9

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