This course offers you a modern, systematic study of language: its nature and how it is used. The study of this fundamental human attribute raises questions central to our understanding of mind and society. You will explore questions about the nature of language itself, how it is acquired, how it differs from other forms of communication, how it functions in society, and such critical issues as language and power, and sexism in language. Whether you're writing for a local newspaper, online journal or glossy magazine, you need a common core of basic journalistic skills and knowledge. The academic study of journalism involves the development of key journalistic skills including the ability to write a news story, conduct an interview and put together a feature. Students also conduct analysis of differences between types of newspaper and examine major ethical and legal issues.