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Advertising and Society

This course examines the relation of advertising to society, culture, history, and the economy. Using contemporary theories about visual communications, we learn to analyze the complex levels of meaning in both print advertisements and television commercials. About the Course The course covers a wide range of topics, including the origins of advertising, the creation of ads, the interpretation of ads, the depiction of race, class, gender, and sexuality in advertising, sex and selling, adverting and ethics, and the future of advertising. The lectures will discuss theoretical frameworks and apply them to specific advertisements. Course Syllabus Week 1: What is advertising and where did it come from? Week 2: Am I being manipulated by advertising? Week 3: What’s in an ad beyond that which meets the eye? Week 4: How do ads get made? Week 5: What do ads teach us about race, class, gender, and sexuality? Week 6: Does sex sell? Week 7: What is the future of advertising? Recommended Background No background is required; everyone is welcome! Suggested Readings Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, we recommend that students refer to the free online textbook ADTextOnline.org. Other free resources will be suggested for each week’s module. Course Format Most videos will be lectures with instructor talking. Each lecture will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides, print advertisements, and TV commercials. The videos for each week will consist of segments that add up to about an hour. Each week will have one quiz that will appear as stand-alone homework. All resources beyond lectures will be available online to students at no charge. Most of these will be from ADTextOnline.org. Others will be visits to the sites of ad agencies in the US and abroad, open access websites that deal with course topics, and open-access journal articles.

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Rating 4.7 based on 71 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Starts Jul 6 (7 days ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Professor William M. O'Barr
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Business
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Great course if you're interested in advertising or work for a creative agency.

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The subject is very interesting, however material used in this course is outdated and relevant to present situation in a very limited way.

My first course about advertising ever, it was very interesting and the knowledge i learned, i'm sure gonna be useful!

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I have learned how to look at advertising from a more long-term focused perspective.

Informative and thought-provoking, this course will equip you with the tools you need to look at advertising with a critical eye and to understand its relationship with our modern world beyond what meets the eye.

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Ican learn a lot of not only advertising but also society.

It has helped me learn a lot and given me much more perspective on the world of advertising.

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In conclusion, thank you so much fort his course, and I would'nt imagine a person other than Professor O'Barr to deliver this course.

Professor O'Barr is also an excellent teacher, and his passion for the material inspires you to continue learning, even beyond what's mentioned in the lectures.

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Rating 4.7 based on 71 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Starts Jul 6 (7 days ago)
Cost $49
From Duke University via Coursera
Instructor Professor William M. O'Barr
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Business
Tags Social Sciences Business Marketing Economics

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