The mass media are an integral part of our lives and our society. We live in a world influenced and shaped by the sights, sounds, opinions, and values presented by the mass media. They influence our values, opinions and attitudes, and our social conventions and norms.

Given the influence that the mass media exercise in our lives, it is important that we become critical listeners, readers, and viewers as well as effective users of the media available to us. Media Studies 20 is concerned with helping students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of the mass media, the messages contained in the mass media, the techniques used by them, and the impact of these media.