Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mass Communication review sheet for exam 2

SOCI 4600: Mass Communication
Review Sheet for Exam 2

For exam 2 you should be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of the readings and lectures from Parts III and IV of the course. You should be able to define and discuss the following terms, although this list is not exhaustive.

“Information Capitalism”
Daniel Bell
Peter Drucker
Knowledge economy
Post-industrial society
Symbolic analysts
Service sector

Manuel Castells
Global flows of information

“Winner-take-all markets”

DiMaggio et al. on Digital Inequality
autonomy of use
social support
purposes for which the technology is employed

Eszter Hargittai
From the ‘Digital Divide’ to ‘Digital Inequality’
Online skills
Laura Robinson
Highly wired families
Partially wired families
Unwired families

Jen Schradie
Egalitarian public sphere
High-status information habitus

Aesthetic preferences
Network effects

Zeynep Tufekci

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Exam 1 review sheet for SOCI 4600 Mass Communication

SOCI 4600 Mass Communication Review Sheet for Exam 1
Spring 2016

For exam 1 you should be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of the readings and lectures from Parts I and II of the course. You should be able to define and discuss the following terms, although this list is not exhaustive.

Max Weber
Towards a Sociology of the Press

Walter Lippmann
Public Opinion
Liberty and the Press
The Phantom Public
Cold War
Manufacture of Consent
“Pictures in our heads”

Critical Theory
The Frankfurt School
Max Horkheimer
Theodor Adorno
The Dialectic of Enlightenment
Culture Industry
Lowest Common Denominator
Fascist Propaganda
Antonio Gramsci
Prison Notebooks
Organic Intellectuals

Herbert Schiller
Mass Communications and American Empire
The Mind Managers
Information and the Crisis Economy
Culture Inc.
The Global Media
Transnational Corporations
Packaged Consciousness
Michael Schudson
Social Backgrounds of Media Members
Organizational Analysis
News Cycle

Information Pathologies
Information Overload
Paradox of Choice
Attention Deficit
Shallow Novelty
Social and Communication Skills

Thursday, December 10, 2015

spring 2015 Mass Communication

Sociology of Mass Communication


TuTh 2:00PM - 3:20PM Env 110 Jan 19, 2016- May 13, 2016

Prof. Gabe Ignatow


This course is designed with specific learning outcomes in mind, applicable to sociology majors and non-majors:
  1. Develop a basic understanding of the social dimensions of information communication technologies.
  2. Read, with substantial comprehension, current articles, reports, and academic papers related to developments in information technology and social science.
  3. Extract from the readings an understanding of the social and political context surrounding digital information systems.


Weeks 1 and 2

I. Theorizing the mass media revolution

Week 3

II. Information overload and cultural decline

Week 4: Exam 1 (25%) Thursday February 11

Week 5

III. The information society

Weeks 6-8

IV. Digital divides
  • Cooper The Digital Divide: The Special Case of Gender
  • Tufekci, Zeynep. Brogrammers.

Week 9: Exam 2 (30%)

Weeks 10-11

V. Media consumption

VI. Reception studies

  • Livingstone and Das (2013) The End of Audiences?
  • Picone, Ike (2016) Grasping the Digital News User
  • Liebes and Katz (1986) Patterns of Involvement in Television Fiction

Weeks 12-13

VII. Social media and social movements

Week 14

VIII. Hyper-partisanship

Week 15
Final Exam Review

Final Exam (25%) Thursday May 12, 1:30pm

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

globalization final exam review sheet


Review Sheet for Final Exam

25% of final grade
Wednesday December 9, 10:30am-12:30pm

Cultural Globalization
BPO industry
changing values
N.Y. Times article "China's President Pushes Back against Western Culture"
John Tomlinson "Globalization and Cultural Identity"
cultural imperialism
dreams and nightmares
Ian Eng
Dallas in the Netherlands
Liebes and Katz "Patterns of Involvement in Television Fiction"
Dallas in Los Angeles and Israel
Reception studies
Active audience
Steve DernĂ© 2004 “The (limited) effect of cultural globalization in India”
media liberalization
value change
non-elite men
Ignatow What Has Globalization Done to Developing Countries' Public Libraries?
Malaysia, Chile
Turkey, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Vietnam
democracy, globalization, trade, culture

Immigration and Citizenship
Yasemin Soysal Changing Parameters of Citizenship and Claims-Making
Post-WWII changes in citizenship
Multiple citizenship
Universal notions of human rights
“Cultural rights”
Multi-level politics
Pal Nyiri Chinese Migration to Eastern Europe
“transnational pioneers”
“middleman minority”
The transnational Chinese community and the Chinese state

theory final exam review sheet

The final exam is scheduled for 10am Wednesday December 2 in class. Students who wish to take the final during final exam week may email me at

Introduction to Sociological Theory, Professor Gabe Ignatow, Review Sheet for Final Exam

The final exam covers the overview of sociology in America, Social Darwinism, the Chicago School, Structural Functionalism, the rejection of Structural Functionalism, W.E.B. DuBois, and Charlotte Perkins Gillman.

You should be able to define and discuss all of the following terms:

Oberlin College
Yale University
University of Kansas
University of Chicago
Progressive Movement

Social Darwinism
Herbert Spencer
William Graham Sumner

The Chicago School
Urban Ethnography
Symbolic Interactionism
Robert Park
Charles Horton Cooley
George Herbert Mead

Structural Functionalism
Talcott Parsons
Social Systems
Cultural Systems
Personality Systems
Equilibrium and disequilibrium
Gender Inequality
Charlotte Perkins Gillman
“Women and Economics” (1998)
Nuclear family
Gender socialization
Sex differences

Critical Theory
Feminist Theory
Social Constructivism
Post-positivism and post-modernism

W.E.B. DuBois
Fisk University
“color line”
Booker T. Washington
Tuskegee Institute
“the veil”
“the talented tenth”
The Philadelphia Negro (1899)
The University of Pennsylvania
The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Marcus Garvey