Communication (COMM)

COMM 520     Critical Media Studies     3 Credit Hours

Course presents various critical approaches to the study of the media. Perspectives include political economy, cultural studies, critical theory of the Frankfurt school and feminism. Through readings and first hand analysis of the media students will delve deeply into the institutional underpinnings, content, use and reception of media. There will be special emphasis on how broader economic, cultural and technological changes influence our experience of media in everyday life as creators, citizens, audiences and consumers.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

COMM 530     International Communication     3 Credit Hours

Course examines the relationship between globalization and communication from various vantage points such as cultural imperialism, global media flows, and hybridity theory. Students use these theoretical approaches to understand how people in particular locations experience, adapt, resist and modify globally circulating aspects of media, popular culture, news and information. Through critical responses to readings, class exercises, individual and team projects, students also explore how global pressures and changes influence the way people understand and project their identities, buy and sell communication as a commodity, negotiate borders, and create social change.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

COMM 550     Prin of Organizational Comm     3 Credit Hours

Course examines how communication networks function in organizations. Purpose: to provide an organizational context and conceptual framework for the practice of professional writing and speaking skills. Writing projects include a research report, a case study, and shorter papers (practical and analytical) on assigned topics. Areas of focus include persuasion, decision-making, conflict resolution, problem solving, and the role of communication in leadership, motivation, small group activity, organizational change, and job satisfaction. (AY)

Prerequisite(s): COMM 340 or COMM 440

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

COMM 555     Gender and Media Studies     3 Credit Hours

The course will focus on several feminist approaches used in understanding the media and attempting to create social change through the media. The role of media in the definition and reproduction of gender-based hierarchies and in the renegotiation of gender boundaries will both be explored. To this end, both mainstream and women's media will be examined. The course will take a multicultural and international perspective, incorporating concerns of class, race, ethnicity, and nation as these intersect with the study of gender and media. Mainstream and alternative media will be analyzed through readings, films, case studies, in-class collaborative exercises and longer term projects. News, entertainment, and advertising genres will be examined in a variety of media, such as the printed press, television, video, film, and the Internet.

Prerequisite(s): WGST 275 or WGST 303

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

COMM 564     Contemporary Rhetorical Theory     3 Credit Hours

An examination of contemporary rhetorical theories through study of representative practitioners in related developments in linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. (OC)

Prerequisite(s): COMM 201 or COMM 220 or COMM 290 or ENGL 200 or ENGL 230 or ENGL 231 or ENGL 232 or ENGL 233 or ENGL 235 or ENGL 236 or ENGL 237 or ENGL 239 or ENGL 240 or ENGL 250

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

COMM 570     Adv Technical and Prof Comm     3 Credit Hours

Review and practice of advanced professional communication skills, especially audience analysis, assessment of organizational contexts and field-specific conventions, document design, varieties of formal and informal report writing, proposal writing, abstracting, editing, and documentation. Students will study specialized formats and communication issues specific to their professional needs, and will develop their abilities to present technical and complex information to a variety of audiences, both general and specialized, in a variety of professional contexts. Appropriate for graduate students in professional degree programs, such as engineering, management, public administration, and education. Undergraduates must have permission of instructor.

COMM 577     Professional Comm Ethics     3 Credit Hours

An examination of professional communication in the organizational context, focusing on important issues, problems, and concepts. This course is designed to help students become conscious of the role of values in a wide range of professional communication situations; to locate organizational behavior in an ethical framework based on considered definitions, standards, perspectives, and criteria for evaluation and analysis; to consider individuals as well as organizations as moral agents in a changing and complex universe; and to analyze topical cases on emergent issues in communication ethics. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): COMM 340 or COMM 440 or COMM 450

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

COMM 581     Gender and Globalization     3 Credit Hours

Mass media, politics, and academia are full of references to globalization, and a future "world without borders." This interdisciplinary course considers the implication of globalization for women's lives, gender relations, and feminism. Topics covered include the global factory, cross- cultural consumption, human rights, global communications, economic restructuring, nationalism, and environmental challenges. Rather than survey international women's movements, this course explores how globalization reformulates identities and locations and the political possibilities they create. Students cannot receive credit for both COMM 481 and COMM 581. (AY).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters

COMM 590     Topics in Communication     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Examination of problems and issues in selected areas of Communications. Titles listed in the Schedule of Classes will change according to content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topic differs. Only offered for graduate credit. (OC)

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally