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COMM 101 — The Mass Media
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Jacobs,Sean H

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: SS

This course provides an introductory overview of contemporary mass media systems and an examination of the various factors — historical, economic, political, and cultural — that have shaped their development. The course begins with a description of present print and electronic media and examines their evolution. Attention is given throughout to the legal and ethical implications of mass communication systems and to comparisons between American media systems and those elsewhere in the world. Finally, it considers the probable future course of the media and examines possible alternatives.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have competed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 102 — Media Processes and Effects
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Kwak,Nojin

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: SS

This course introduces students to the contemporary research on mass communication processes and effects. Basic processes involved in the production, dissemination, reception, and impact of media messages are examined. The course investigates a variety of effects on individuals' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as influences on the functioning of larger social systems. It proceeds in general from investigations of individual-level to societal-level impact. Critical reading and evaluation of research on media processes and effects, and of its application to social policy debates, is encouraged and developed.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 001, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 002, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 003, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 004, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 005, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 006, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 007, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 008, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 111 — Workshop on Managing the Information Environment
Section 009, LAB

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: First- and second-year students.

COMM 200 — The Academic Paradox
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Neuman, W Russell

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: ID

Have you given a lot of thought to why you are spending four years of your life and approximately $200,000 (of somebody's money) to get a piece of paper certifying a degree from the University of Michigan? Maybe you've given it some thought, but probably not a lot. Your folks and your peers in high school expected that you would go to college, so you did. That's usually about it.

Are you utilizing this investment wisely while you're in Ann Arbor? Are you taking the right courses? Since you're not sure what you want to do, or why exactly you're here, how could you know? The good news is that there are some useful and thought-provoking answers to such questions, many of them hidden in the nooks and crannies of liberal arts curriculum itself.

In this course students are challenged to apply the insights they have been learning from their study of history, sociology, psychology, economics and the humanities to their own current role as college student. A central theme concerns how the student role relates to succeeding roles in the institutional complex of modern society. One principal paradox that motivates this course of inquiry is the celebrated disjuncture between the abstract study of literature, sciences, and the arts and the "practical knowledge base" that one would expect draw upon most professional careers. In common parlance the word "merely academic" translates as "mostly irrelevant." But as it turns out, empirically and practically, a liberal arts education represents an excellent preparation for most professional careers t a paradox that invites the student to internalize and make use of some of the central concepts from the liberal arts as valuable resources rather than arcane requirements and rites of passage.

[Please note: this course does not count toward concentration requirements for either American Culture or Communication Studies.]

Key Topical Areas:

  • Cultures: On the Tension Between the Humanities and Sciences
  • Education and Ethics: Is There a Linkage Between the Two?
  • The Evolution of the Modern University
  • The Evolution of the Modern Scholarly Discipline
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • The Meaning of Globalization
  • On Writing Well
  • Grading and Achievement
  • Students and Society
  • Those Who March Grimly on the Career Treadmill
  • Human Capital Theory
  • The Effects of Education
  • The Reproduction of Social Inequalities
  • The Psychology

Course Requirements:

There are no examinations in this class. There are seven writing assignments with an assignment due approximately every two weeks. Four assignments are two-page briefs that summarize and interpret central themes in recent lectures and readings. In addition, two assignments consist of essays that require students to apply what they have learned to their own academic, career and life plans. The first essay is approximately eight pages in length, the second approximately twelve pages. Finally one assignment is a "lives-and-careers" book review of approximately eight pages. Students select a relevant biography of a leader in the fields of Law, Medicine, Business, Academics, Public Service/Government/Non Profits, the Arts, Media and Journalism, and Science and Engineering.

The idea is to link lessons from a concrete example of a life story with the themes of the course concerning education, careers, and the life cycle.

Required texts:

  • Wilson, Edward O. (1998). Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. New York, Knopf. Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition $10.20
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò ([1513] 1989). The Prince. New York, Prometheus Bantam $4.50
  • Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. (1962) University of Chicago Press $9.75 3rd edition
  • Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály (1991). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York, Harper Collins. $10.50

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COMM 211 — Evaluating Information
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Traugott,Michael W

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: SS, QR/1

This course teaches the fundamental thinking skills necessary for critical evaluation of research-based arguments, especially those based on quantitative information. Such skills are required for one to be a competent mass communicator of information, a critical consumer of information relayed by the mass media, or an intelligent scholar of media processes and effects. The course introduces generic logical and statistical concepts through analysis and discussion of specific cases drawn from reporting in the mass media (e.g., health and business news, public opinion polls), research on media effects (e.g., the impact of media violence), and audience research reported in the mass media (e.g., audience research). Students' logical and quantitative reasoning skills are improved through a variety of "hands-on" exercises and projects (many involving computerized spreadsheet programs). The course is introductory in nature, and no prior statistical expertise is required. COMM 111 strongly recommended.

This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

Enforced Prerequisites: COMM 101 or 102 with a grade of at least C-

Advisory Prerequisite: Primarily for first- and second-year students.

COMM 321 — Undergraduate Internship
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 3
Other: Expr

The internship is designed to provide Communication Studies concentrators limited credit for appropriate practical work experience. Student assessment is based on the academic merit of the work performed, evaluation of the final paper, satisfactory completion of the internship, and written recommendation of the internship sponsor. Registration is by permission of instructor only. The COMM 321 proposal application form is available in the Department office or online and must be submitted to the faculty internship coordinator by the specified deadline.

Advisory Prerequisite: Junior standing, concentration in Communication Studies, and permission of instructor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged.

COMM 351 — Understanding Media Industries
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Yan,Zhaoxu; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: ULWR

This course examines research and scholarship focused on existing media institutions, their genesis and current lines of development, institutional arrangements, organization and operation, economic structure, and characteristic communications "output." Course topics may include: the history of media systems; media and government, including legal, regulatory and free-expression issues; media economics; international media systems; technologies; media organizational routines; and the values and behavior of media professionals. The course investigates the ways in which institutional, economic, and organizational arrangements affect professional behavior and media content, with attention to media system changes over time and in comparative contexts.

Enforced Prerequisites: COMM 101 or 102 with a grade of at least C-

COMM 361 — The Media and Public Affairs
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Neuman, W Russell

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: ULWR

This course examines general phenomena involved with the creation, dissemination, and reception of mediated information. Course topics may include: information processing, including message encoding and decoding; media priming and framing of evaluations and decisions; influences of message structure and communication modalities on processing; media use and reception, including interpretive processes; information flow and control, focusing on influences of communication networks, message diffusion, and information gate-keeping; and communicative processes of learning, persuasion and social influence. The emphasis is on the development and testing of general theories explaining how mediated communication works, even though research examined will center on particular cases (e.g., studies of priming in political communication).

Enforced Prerequisites: COMM 101 or 102 with a grade of at least C-

COMM 371 — Media, Culture, and Society
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Scannell,Gerald Patrick

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: ULWR

This course explores social and cultural approaches to the study of mass communication. Course topics studied may include: communication and social identity, including race, ethnicity and gender; media's role in defining and reflecting culture; the equity of community, state, and worldwide information systems, including debates over the "new world communication order," post-colonialism, and globalization; media audiences as interpretive communities; media and social movements; and the role of media in altering and maintaining political and social order. Research on mass communication is examined in connection with broader questions about the relations between cultural systems and social formations, and about the dynamics of social and cultural change and contestation. May not be repeated for credit.

Enforced Prerequisites: COMM 101 or 102 with a grade of at least C-

COMM 381 — Mass Media and the Individual: Uses and Impact
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Greenwood,Dara N

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: ULWR

This course critically evaluates research and scholarship focused on the impact of mass communication in a variety of substantive domains including the impact of media on knowledge, social values, and behavior. Policy applications of media effects research and the use of mass communication in public information campaigns are also reviewed. Media impact is treated both in theoretical and applied terms. The research examined spans levels of analysis, including effects on individuals as well as society at large. Topics to be covered include media impact on: social values; educational development; political behavior; violence and aggressive behavior; consumer behavior; and public opinion. Research on the use of mass communication in public information campaigns is also reviewed, as is the role of media research in providing guidance for social policy makers and media professionals.

Enforced Prerequisites: COMM 101 or 102 with a grade of at least C-

COMM 439 — Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section 001, SEM
Supreme Court News Coverage

Instructor: Collings,Anthony C

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This seminar evaluates media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, in the context of long-range factors affecting the ability of news media to function in a democracy. This seminar will examine the scope and content of print, broadcast, and new-media news reporting on major cases before the court. How accurately, fairly, and adequately do news organizations cover the cases as they proceed through the legal system? Does the media help the American public gain a sufficiently thorough understanding of the complex legal issues and social impact of each case? In addition to gaining a broad overview of media coverage of current and recent cases, each student will select one case from the current or past court term and study media coverage of it in detail.

COMM 439 — Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section 002, SEM
Supreme Court News Coverage

Instructor: Collings,Anthony C

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This seminar evaluates media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, in the context of long-range factors affecting the ability of news media to function in a democracy. This seminar will examine the scope and content of print, broadcast, and new-media news reporting on major cases before the court. How accurately, fairly, and adequately do news organizations cover the cases as they proceed through the legal system? Does the media help the American public gain a sufficiently thorough understanding of the complex legal issues and social impact of each case? In addition to gaining a broad overview of media coverage of current and recent cases, each student will select one case from the current or past court term and study media coverage of it in detail.

COMM 439 — Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section 003, SEM
Global Journalism: Press Freedom and How Journalism is Practiced Around the World

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Journalism and the concepts of freedom of the press are in turmoil and under attack globally. In this course, we will look at the issues facing journalism in the United States and around the world, including the continued growth of the Internet as a disruptive information source and the demise of traditional newspapers. We will discuss the power of new types of journalism from blogging to MySpace to the power of television programs such as The Daily Show with John Stewart in the political journalism arena. We will focus on how journalism is practiced in China, Africa and the Middle East and the fight for the freedom of the press in those regions. We will discuss how the coverage of world events is shifting from a focus on politics to a focus on business, particularly in countries such as China and India. We will discuss how this shift changes our perception of these countries. One important aspect of this course will be to expose students to the global media by assigning international newspapers, magazines and broadcasts to students for discussion.

COMM 439 — Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section 004, SEM
Global Journalism: Press Freedom and How Journalism is Practiced Around the World

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Journalism and the concepts of freedom of the press are in turmoil and under attack globally. In this course, we will look at the issues facing journalism in the United States and around the world, including the continued growth of the Internet as a disruptive information source and the demise of traditional newspapers. We will discuss the power of new types of journalism from blogging to MySpace to the power of television programs such as The Daily Show with John Stewart in the political journalism arena. We will focus on how journalism is practiced in China, Africa and the Middle East and the fight for the freedom of the press in those regions. We will discuss how the coverage of world events is shifting from a focus on politics to a focus on business, particularly in countries such as China and India. We will discuss how this shift changes our perception of these countries. One important aspect of this course will be to expose students to the global media by assigning international newspapers, magazines and broadcasts to students for discussion.

COMM 439 — Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section 005, SEM
Gay Sheep and Unmarried America: How the Press Covers Trends and Why Sometimes They Get it so Wrong

FA 2007
Credits: 3

In this course, we examine an area of journalism not often discussed among journalists — but so often devoured by the general public: call it trendspotting. These are the stories that get passed around the blogosphere, top the "most emailed" list on Yahoo! and are the topic of conversation at parties — hear the story about gay sheep or the fact that 51 percent of American women are unmarried? Is Brangelina breaking up? What's up with skirt lengths this year? These are the articles most likely to interest the broadest group of readers — much more so than stories that journalists often dream of covering, such as scandal in government or investigations into corporate crime.

This course will discuss in detail why we as readers love these stories and how they help define our culture and society. We will look at how the media covers women, race and religion. We also will discuss whether coverage of fashion and celebrity trends really counts as journalism. We will discuss how journalists find these stories, why they choose the perspectives they do and how often they get trends wrong. Notably, we will explore what happens when a journalist gets "played" by publicists seeking to "place" a story about trend that is likely not real, but manufactured to the product of service of their corporate client.


COMM 439 — Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section 006, SEM
Gay Sheep and Unmarried America: How the Press Covers Trends and Why Sometimes They Get it so Wrong

FA 2007
Credits: 3

In this course, we examine an area of journalism not often discussed among journalists — but so often devoured by the general public: call it trendspotting. These are the stories that get passed around the blogosphere, top the "most emailed" list on Yahoo! and are the topic of conversation at parties — hear the story about gay sheep or the fact that 51 percent of American women are unmarried? Is Brangelina breaking up? What's up with skirt lengths this year? These are the articles most likely to interest the broadest group of readers — much more so than stories that journalists often dream of covering, such as scandal in government or investigations into corporate crime.

This course will discuss in detail why we as readers love these stories and how they help define our culture and society. We will look at how the media covers women, race and religion. We also will discuss whether coverage of fashion and celebrity trends really counts as journalism. We will discuss how journalists find these stories, why they choose the perspectives they do and how often they get trends wrong. Notably, we will explore what happens when a journalist gets "played" by publicists seeking to "place" a story about trend that is likely not real, but manufactured to the product of service of their corporate client.


COMM 441 — Independent Reading
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 3 — 4
Other: INDEPENDENT

Credit Exclusions: COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits.

This course is intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with a Communication Studies faculty member and approved by the Department. A maximum of 3 credits from COMM 441 or 442 may apply to the concentration requirements (additional credit may be applied to the general bachelor's degree requirements). COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined maximum of 8 credits. An application form is available in the Department or online.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of department.

COMM 442 — Independent Research
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 3 — 4

Credit Exclusions: COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits.

This course is intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. It is a course of study designed for original, individualized student research under the direction of faculty supervisor. Must be arranged with a Communication Studies faculty member and approved by the Department. A maximum of 3 credits from COMM 441 or 442 may apply to the concentration requirements (additional credit may be applied to the general bachelor's degree requirements). An application form is available in the Department or online.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of department.

COMM 454 — Media Economics
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Yan,Zhaoxu; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Understanding the economics of mass media industries is an important step toward comprehending how media institutions operate and how they are affected by ever changing economic trends, technological advances and the public policies enacted towards them. This course introduces students to a range of economic principles and concepts used in explaining the market structure, behavior and performance of mass media industries.

The course focuses on the video industries, including the film/home video, broadcast and cable television industries. Within each industry, we study relevant economic models, examine how consumer demand, technology and government policies interact to affect market structure and industry behavior. Finally, we will discuss the economic, technological and political forces changing the industry.

After completing this course, students will become acquainted with the various economic models applicable to the media industries. In addition, students will be able to apply basic economic concepts and analytical tools to explain media industry behaviors, evaluate business strategies of media firms and assess the merits of public policies toward the media industries.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 454 — Media Economics
Section 002, LEC

Instructor: Yan,Zhaoxu; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Understanding the economics of mass media industries is an important step toward comprehending how media institutions operate and how they are affected by ever changing economic trends, technological advances and the public policies enacted towards them. This course introduces students to a range of economic principles and concepts used in explaining the market structure, behavior and performance of mass media industries.

The course focuses on the video industries, including the film/home video, broadcast and cable television industries. Within each industry, we study relevant economic models, examine how consumer demand, technology and government policies interact to affect market structure and industry behavior. Finally, we will discuss the economic, technological and political forces changing the industry.

After completing this course, students will become acquainted with the various economic models applicable to the media industries. In addition, students will be able to apply basic economic concepts and analytical tools to explain media industry behaviors, evaluate business strategies of media firms and assess the merits of public policies toward the media industries.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 458 — Special Topics in Media Systems
Section 001, LEC
Ethics Issues in Journalism

Instructor: Collings,Anthony C

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course focuses on problems in journalistic ethics at a time of growing concern over standards of news coverage, as exemplified most recently in the Lewinsky case. The course provides an historic overview of traditional journalistic ethics. Coupled with that is a detailed study of changing values in news coverage as media decision makers adapt to social, economic and technological changes. The course highlights such problems as sensationalism, infotainment, anonymous sources, hidden cameras, punditry, the lowering of the wall of separation between the business and editorial sides of news organizations, invasions of privacy, and the personal behavior of journalists. The course studies journalists' responsibilities to their profession and to the public, and examines proposed solutions to the problems of ethics violations.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 458 — Special Topics in Media Systems
Section 002, LEC
Ethics Issues in Journalism

Instructor: Collings,Anthony C

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course focuses on problems in journalistic ethics at a time of growing concern over standards of news coverage, as exemplified most recently in the Lewinsky case. The course provides an historic overview of traditional journalistic ethics. Coupled with that is a detailed study of changing values in news coverage as media decision makers adapt to social, economic and technological changes. The course highlights such problems as sensationalism, infotainment, anonymous sources, hidden cameras, punditry, the lowering of the wall of separation between the business and editorial sides of news organizations, invasions of privacy, and the personal behavior of journalists. The course studies journalists' responsibilities to their profession and to the public, and examines proposed solutions to the problems of ethics violations.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 458 — Special Topics in Media Systems
Section 003, LEC
Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment

Instructor: Sparr,Faith M

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will examine the historical development of the First Amendment, including the impact of various philosophies on its development. The course will also focus on various interpretations of the First Amendment and the differing protections afforded to individuals and the media throughout periods of American history. In particular, we will cover the First Amendment during wartime, from the Sedition Acts of 1798 to the implication of the War on Terrorism today. Other topics covered include: fighting words, hate speech, obscenity and indecency, prior restraints, student rights and speech in public schools, and the differing protections afforded various media. COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 458 — Special Topics in Media Systems
Section 004, LEC
Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment

Instructor: Sparr,Faith M

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will examine the historical development of the First Amendment, including the impact of various philosophies on its development. The course will also focus on various interpretations of the First Amendment and the differing protections afforded to individuals and the media throughout periods of American history. In particular, we will cover the First Amendment during wartime, from the Sedition Acts of 1798 to the implication of the War on Terrorism today. Other topics covered include: fighting words, hate speech, obscenity and indecency, prior restraints, student rights and speech in public schools, and the differing protections afforded various media. COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 458 — Special Topics in Media Systems
Section 005, LEC
Internet, Society, and the Law

Instructor: Sparr,Faith M

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will examine the development, regulation and impact of the Internet in American society. In particular, we will focus on the expanding legal implications of this still relatively new technology and how the judicial and political apparatuses are trying to keep pace with the Internet's ever-expanding influence in our society. This course will cover the history of the Internet, court cases applying existing laws to the Internet, legislative attempts at additional regulation and theoretical concerns over the technological implications the Internet poses to deeply rooted legal concepts such as fair use.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 458 — Special Topics in Media Systems
Section 006, LEC
Internet, Society, and the Law

Instructor: Sparr,Faith M

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will examine the development, regulation and impact of the Internet in American society. In particular, we will focus on the expanding legal implications of this still relatively new technology and how the judicial and political apparatuses are trying to keep pace with the Internet's ever-expanding influence in our society. This course will cover the history of the Internet, court cases applying existing laws to the Internet, legislative attempts at additional regulation and theoretical concerns over the technological implications the Internet poses to deeply rooted legal concepts such as fair use.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 459 — Seminar in Media Systems
Section 001, SEM
Foreign News Coverage

Instructor: Collings,Anthony C

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course investigates coverage of foreign news as a reflection of the structure and function of media systems. What factors influence media decisions on covering events overseas? What criteria do the media use for deciding which events to report and at what length, and how valid are these criteria? What value systems do they reflect? How successfully do the media make foreign news relevant to American readers, listeners, and viewers? What special problems do foreign correspondents face?

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 459 — Seminar in Media Systems
Section 002, SEM
Foreign News Coverage

Instructor: Collings,Anthony C

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course investigates coverage of foreign news as a reflection of the structure and function of media systems. What factors influence media decisions on covering events overseas? What criteria do the media use for deciding which events to report and at what length, and how valid are these criteria? What value systems do they reflect? How successfully do the media make foreign news relevant to American readers, listeners, and viewers? What special problems do foreign correspondents face?

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 459 — Seminar in Media Systems
Section 003, SEM
Media, Ethics, and Society

Instructor: Sparr,Faith M

FA 2007
Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to help you think critically about ethical issues in mass media today. The following questions, among many, will be explored: Does the media have a social responsibility? Are there constraints to the freedoms of the First Amendment and are those constraints based in ethics or the law? How does the resolution of ethical issues affect media and our society? This course will utilize a combination of lecture, student presentation of ethics case briefs and class discussion to explore these issues and many others. Time will be spent on examining various philosophers and theorists to help establish a paradigm for which to examine these issues. In addition, contemporary case studies will be utilized to illustrate the ethical issues confronted in mass media today.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 459 — Seminar in Media Systems
Section 004, SEM
Media, Ethics, and Society

Instructor: Sparr,Faith M

FA 2007
Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to help you think critically about ethical issues in mass media today. The following questions, among many, will be explored: Does the media have a social responsibility? Are there constraints to the freedoms of the First Amendment and are those constraints based in ethics or the law? How does the resolution of ethical issues affect media and our society? This course will utilize a combination of lecture, student presentation of ethics case briefs and class discussion to explore these issues and many others. Time will be spent on examining various philosophers and theorists to help establish a paradigm for which to examine these issues. In addition, contemporary case studies will be utilized to illustrate the ethical issues confronted in mass media today.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 468 — Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes
Section 001, LEC
Designing Persuasive Communicaions: Media and Consumer Culture

Instructor: Reece,Bonnie Bucks

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Part of a sponsored project on persuasive communication, this interdisciplinary seminar investigates the changes in business, technology, and design that are reshaping the words and images, the form and content of persuasive mass communication. Its aim is to provide students with skills critical to an understanding of both the business and techniques of persuasion. This seminar examines how media content producers design and pitch messages. It challenges participants to use critical methods to evaluate media products and to examine current cultural and economic transformations. It investigates emerging strategies for reaching global and regional audiences, discusses the impact of new technologies and media convergence, and examines the social and ethical issues that underlie persuasive strategies. Some topical sections may carry additional prerequisites.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended.

COMM 478 — Special Topics in Media and Culture
Section 001, LEC
Visual Communication

Instructor: Taylor,Bradley Leland

FA 2007
Credits: 4

This course serves as a gateway to the compelling world of visual communication, i.e., how individuals respond to the image-based messages that permeate modern mass communications. An intensive introduction to various forms of visual documentation — e.g., works of fine art, material artifacts, pop culture items, photographs, film and video — is followed by study of how the mind processes visual stimuli and how people respond affectively to images. Students will thus emerge with a basic vocabulary for reading and discussing visual materials and an understanding of how and why people respond to them. The second half of the class concentrates on media uses of visual imagery, examining specific applications in the realm of corporate advertising, the use of images in news reporting, the political and social uses of images, and how images are used to portray issues relating to race, class, and gender. Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to interact directly with primary source materials in local museums and archives, learn from outside experts who regularly work with image-based materials, and develop expertise in using current technologies to capture, manipulate, and publish images for class assignments. The course uses multiple teaching styles toward facilitating an understanding of this broad field and ensuring that students incorporate learning on both cognitive and affective levels.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 478 — Special Topics in Media and Culture
Section 006, LEC
Television and the Meaning of Live

Instructor: Scannell,Gerald Patrick

FA 2007
Credits: 3

The course will study media 'events' from the notorious Orson Welles War of the Worlds panic in 1938 through to September 11, 2001. Its approach will be partly historical and partly analytical. The key text will be Media Events by Daniel Dayan and Elihu Katz (Harvard 1992) and we will focus on its subtitle 'the live broadcasting of history' and the two fundamental issues it raises:

  1. the meaning of 'live' television and
  2. the relationship between live broadcasting and History.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 478 — Special Topics in Media and Culture
Section 007, LEC
Television and the Meaning of Live

Instructor: Scannell,Gerald Patrick

FA 2007
Credits: 3

The course will study media 'events' from the notorious Orson Welles War of the Worlds panic in 1938 through to September 11 2001. Its approach will be partly historical and partly analytical. The key text will be 'Media Events' by Daniel Dayan and Elihu Katz (Harvard 1992) and we will focus on its subtitle 'the live broadcasting of history' and the two fundamental issues it raises: 1) the meaning of 'live' television and 2) the relationship between live broadcasting and History.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 479 — Seminar in Media and Culture
Section 001, SEM
Music and Identity

Instructor: Vaillant,Derek W

FA 2007
Credits: 3

In addition to its aesthetic contributions to human experience, music exists as a medium in, and through which, men and women shape their identities through the production and consumption of music. The social, cultural, institutional, and technological contexts in which music making occurs are hardly epiphenomenal to music's myriad "meanings." This course focuses on the lively intersection of technological innovations, historical currents, social practices, and regional, national, and transnational cultural continuities and ruptures, where music making manifests social and cultural power. Drawing on historical, ethnomusicological, communications, and cultural studies methods and literatures, this course seeks a richer understanding of the status of music in the everyday life of the peoples of the past and present.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 479 — Seminar in Media and Culture
Section 002, SEM
Music and Identity

Instructor: Vaillant,Derek W

FA 2007
Credits: 3

In addition to its aesthetic contributions to human experience, music exists as a medium in, and through which, men and women shape their identities through the production and consumption of music. The social, cultural, institutional, and technological contexts in which music making occurs are hardly epiphenomenal to music's myriad "meanings." This course focuses on the lively intersection of technological innovations, historical currents, social practices, and regional, national, and transnational cultural continuities and ruptures, where music making manifests social and cultural power. Drawing on historical, ethnomusicological, communications, and cultural studies methods and literatures, this course seeks a richer understanding of the status of music in the everyday life of the peoples of the past and present.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.

COMM 484 — Mass Media and Political Behavior
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Valentino,Nicholas A

FA 2007
Credits: 4

This course focuses on the role and importance of mass media in the political process. The interaction between the press, politicians, and the public during political campaigns receives detailed attention. Topics include: how news is made; campaign strategies; political advertising effects; relations between Congress, the President, and the media; and the role of mass media in political campaigns. These topics are examined through a systematic review of research in both mass communication and political science.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended.

COMM 488 — Special Topics in Media Effects
Section 001, LEC
Computer Mediated Communication

Instructor: Campbell,Scott Walker

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will investigate the role of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in modern life. The course will be organized around the spheres of social order in which CMC plays a role, including community, culture, relationships, and other social contexts. In addition, the course will review various branches of social theory that can be applied as lenses for viewing the social implications of CMC in our lives.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 381 strongly recommended.

COMM 488 — Special Topics in Media Effects
Section 002, LEC
Computer Mediated Communication

Instructor: Campbell,Scott Walker

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will investigate the role of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in modern life. The course will be organized around the spheres of social order in which CMC plays a role, including community, culture, relationships, and other social contexts. In addition, the course will review various branches of social theory that can be applied as lenses for viewing the social implications of CMC in our lives.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 381 strongly recommended.

COMM 488 — Special Topics in Media Effects
Section 003, LEC
Social Consequences of Mobile Communication

Instructor: Campbell,Scott Walker

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will examine the social consequences of mobile communication and the role that the mobile communication technology plays in the reformulation of everyday life. Key areas of interest include use of the technology for safety/security, changes in how we coordinate meetings and social interactions, the emancipation of teens from their parents through mobile communication practices, and emerging norms for private use of the technology in the public sphere. In addition, the course will explore adoption patterns, international perspectives on mobile communication, intersections between mass and interpersonal communication, and theoretical approaches.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 381 strongly recommended.

COMM 488 — Special Topics in Media Effects
Section 004, LEC
Social Consequences of Mobile Communication

Instructor: Campbell,Scott Walker

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course will examine the social consequences of mobile communication and the role that the mobile communication technology plays in the reformulation of everyday life. Key areas of interest include use of the technology for safety/security, changes in how we coordinate meetings and social interactions, the emancipation of teens from their parents through mobile communication practices, and emerging norms for private use of the technology in the public sphere. In addition, the course will explore adoption patterns, international perspectives on mobile communication, intersections between mass and interpersonal communication, and theoretical approaches.

Advisory Prerequisite: COMM 381 strongly recommended.

COMM 491 — Senior Honors Seminar I
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Kwak,Nojin

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Other: Honors

COMM 491 is the first course in the required two-term sequence of courses COMM 491 and 492) for Honors Concentrators in Communication Studies. These seminars are intended to help the honors concentrators design, conduct, and write up an independent scholarly research project for a senior thesis. Honors students who successfully complete the seminars and their senior theses graduate with "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors" in Communication Studies on their diplomas depending on the quality of their theses and their grade point in Communication Studies.

Advisory Prerequisite: STATS 350 and admission to Honors. Permission of instructor.

COMM 698 — Planning for First-Year Research Project
Section 001, SEM

FA 2007
Credits: 1

Students enroll in COMM 698 during the Fall of their first year, where they meet weekly with the instructor. They plan their individual projects, which they refine and conduct while enrolled in COMM 699 during the Winter of their first year and the Fall of their second year.

COMM 699 — First-Year Research Project
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 2 — 3
Other: INDEPENDENT

Students are required to begin a research project during their first year with the goal of completing it by the end of the fall term their second year. The project must be written up in the form of an article suitable for submission to a journal although publications is not an explicit part of the requirement. During the second year, the student will present the results of the project to the program proseminar.

First-year students are assigned an initial advisor with whom to work. The first-year project may be conducted collaboratively with that faculty member and such collaborative research is strongly encouraged. However, students may conduct more independent projects or collaborate with other faculty members if they wish.

Students will begin discussing the First-Year Research Project with their advisor in the fall term of their first year. They will register for the First-Year Research Project (COMM 699) with the faculty member with whom they are collaborating during both the winter academic term of their first year and the fall academic term of their second year.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

COMM 771 — The Mass Media and the Public
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Valentino,Nicholas A

FA 2007
Credits: 3

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to several selected areas of research on the impact of the mass media on the public. The role of the media as watchdog and informant for individuals and groups, the place of the media in our democracy, their influence on electoral politics and representation in general, and their ability to shape the policy-making process, how public opinion is conceptualized, how news was and is made, the media's influence in shaping mass opinions, mechanisms by which media exposure affects political decision-making, the role of the media during political campaigns, the strategic uses of the mass media by elected officials, the impact of media coverage on public perceptions of and policies involving various social groups.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

COMM 781 — Research Methods I
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Means Coleman,Robin Renee

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This course is the first of a two-term sequence of seminars designed to teach new PhD students in Communication Studies the fundamental techniques for conducting valid scholarly research. The courses will introduce students to multiple methodologies. Both the universal characteristics that mark all valid research regardless of the methodology employed and the specific details of each type of methodology will be focused upon. In completing this two-term sequence, it is expected that students will acquire adequate expertise in research methodology both to evaluate critically the validity of published scholarly research and to pursue their own research ideas from initial conceptualization to final conclusions.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

COMM 799 — Directed Study
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 3

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

COMM 810 — Seminar in Communication
Section 001, SEM
Media, Identity, History and Memory

Instructor: Squires,Catherine R

FA 2007
Credits: 3

This seminar covers the relationships between nontraditional channels of political communication and individuals' political engagement. We will consider diverse forms of newer and nontraditional sources of political information, including entertainment media, the Internet, informal associations, and interpersonal talk, and examine their effects on various dimensions of political engagement at individual level, such as knowledge and participation. One of the major goals of the seminar will be for each participant to develop an original research paper.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

COMM 810 — Seminar in Communication
Section 002, SEM
The Meta-Analytic Review

Instructor: Bushman,Brad J

FA 2007
Credits: 3

A research review is conceptualized as a scientific inquiry involving five stages that parallel those of primary research. The five stages are:

  1. problem formulation,
  2. data collection,
  3. data evaluation,
  4. analysis and interpretation, and
  5. public presentation.

Hands on experience in conducting a research review including the use of meta-analytic procedures to analyze the data.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

COMM 900 — Preliminary Examination Preparation
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 6

When all course requirements have been met and the First Year Research Project has been satisfactorily completed, the student may begin preparation for the three preliminary examinations. This course is taken under the supervision of the faculty advisor and is meant to give the student an opportunity to review the readings that will be covered on the exams. Students are expected to complete their preliminary exams by the end of their third year.

Advisory Prerequisite: Pre-doctoral standing. permission of instructor.

COMM 990 — Dissertation/Precandidate
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 1 — 8

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

COMM 993 — Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Traugott,Michael W

FA 2007
Credits: 1

This seminar is intended for Graduate Student Instructors who are teaching in the College of LS&A, and specifically in the Department of Communication Studies, for the first time. The seminar will be a practical workshop designed to help GSIs develop the expertise and confidence needed to teach well. Readings will consist of short articles on social science pedagogy and of actual course materials — syllabi, assignments, student papers, and instructor comments. The latter materials will be drawn from the courses that seminar members are teaching currently, as well as from courses taught by other instructors.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

COMM 995 — Dissertation/Candidate
Section 001, IND

FA 2007
Credits: 8

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

Enforced Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate

 
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