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Critical Theory is among the founding traditions of communication studies and cultural studies. This course introduces students to key texts in the tradition of Frankfurt School Critical Theory as well as the contemporary inheritance of this tradition in communications thought. We examine this tradition of thought in historical context from its inception and development in the twentieth century to its contemporary inheritances in communication studies. Opportunities to consider competing traditions compared to Critical Theory will present themselves. The texts include works on philosophy, social theory, communication theory, as well as theoretically informed studies of phenomena in communication and culture. Students gain knowledge of Critical Theory and the ways in which Critical Theory informs the analysis of communication and culture today.