Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. No credit granted to those who have completed 102. (3). (HU).

This course emphasizes communication as a means of bringing about social change. It is especially designed for underclass students, and is recommended for students who will be pursuing degrees or careers in law, business, administration, or politics, and others who are concerned with communicating effectively with the general public. Each week three hours are devoted to small section meetings which focus on communication principles and application of these principles to problem-solving in public speaking settings. Course topics include audience analysis, source credibility, stage-fright, techniques of persuasion, and ethics. The ultimate purpose of the course is to encourage more effective communication by providing students with instruction and experiences which help them to be at ease before audiences and which encourage them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact.

101. Interpersonal Communication. (4). (SS).

This course is designed to provide students with an increased understanding of the complex processes underlying everyday person-to-person communication. Topics discussed typically include the relation of interpersonal perception and communication, the creation of interpersonal understanding through communication, the role of communication in the development of relationships with others, nonverbal communication, barriers to communication, the strategic management of interpersonal interaction, and the general structure of informal communicative transactions. Evaluation of students is based on exams and assigned papers. (This course is a pre-concentration requirement.) (Shubert)

102. Communication for Educators. Open only to students who will be teaching certificate candidates. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (3). (HU).

Available only to teaching certificate candidates, this course is designed to develop the communication skills necessary for effective teaching. Specific units include general theories of communication, nonverbal communication in the classroom, interpersonal communication between teachers and students, lecturing and public speaking techniques applicable to educational environments, and facilitating group communication for instructional purposes. Course requirements usually include a midterm, a final project/examination, and three or four presentations utilizing different teaching techniques. Approximately equal emphasis is placed on oral performance and knowledge of theoretical material.

103. Media of Mass Communication. I and II. (4). (SS).

This course is a survey of the structure and working process of the broadcasting, newspaper, magazine, and film industries and includes an analysis of the effects of these media on contemporary society with special emphasis given to political and economic behavior, social change, and popular culture. Communication 103 serves as an introduction to advanced-level departmental courses in the various media. One discussion section per week. There are two one-hour examinations and a final examination. A short critical paper/project may also be required. (Stevens)

210. Persuasive Communication. (3). (HU).

Exploration of the principles of persuasion as applied in print, broadcast, and interpersonal communication. From the theoretical perspective of balance theories of attitude change, strategies are examined for such topics as: attention, perception, credibility, identification, reinforcement, activation, logical proof, reducing resistance, verbal suggestion, and motivation. Students make two individual presentations, one oral and one written, on proposed projects of a creative, critical or experimental sort. In addition, students complete a final team project involving development of a persuasive campaign using several media. Class format involves lectures and discussion sections, some films, readings. A final exam. (Martin)

211. Parliamentary Procedure and Group Leadership. (3). (HU).

This is an introductory course in parliamentary procedure stressing chairperson and member responsibilities within groups; constructing major resolutions for adoption; and knowing how to use the major motions in large and small groups. Both theoretical and practical elements are stressed. The course acquaints students with how to use correct procedure when conducting a meeting; suggests how a member might better assist in guiding business through a meeting; provides practice in handling incidental, subsidiary, privileged, and main motions; provides an arena for discussing some current problems; and notes how to arrive at decisions using parliamentary procedure. The major text is Henry Robert, Robert's Rules of Order (1970) edition. Required reading is minimal, but considerable memorization is expected. Written assignments, class participation in parliamentary exercises, and examinations provide the basis for grading. Regular attendance is expected: in regular class meetings and in work groups. The format of the course is primarily discussion with several assignments requiring solo oral presentations along with written support for resolutions. (Hildebrandt)

212. Communication and Contemporary Culture. (3). (HU).

Cultural changes in the western world especially in the United States are affecting circumstances and styles of communication. This course looks at some of these effects on communication by considering such topics as language and nonverbal codes; social change movements and their rhetoric; political and guerrilla movement rhetoric; electronic media and advertising as culture-modifiers, public relations tactics and political influence; information storage and retrieval; the communication of cultural values ("socialization"); and cross-cultural communication. Class format is lecture-discussion and includes films, simulations and small group seminars. Grading is based on two or three short papers and a term project focusing on a media area representing individual student choice plus a possible optional take-home final examination. (Martin)

220. Introduction to Film. (3). (HU).

This course is a survey of the history, theory and aesthetics of the motion picture as illustrated through the works of representative film makers. It considers the types of artistic efforts that go into the making of a motion picture by emphasizing the roles of the director, the editor, the cinematographer as well as the roles of music and composition. The course traces the development of the motion picture from a primitive tool to a sophisticated art form. The latter part of the course is devoted to a selection of various films that illustrate genres, approaches to motion picture art: fantasy, documentary-realism, the documentary film. An effort is also made to explain some of the more recent developments in film beginning with the experimental film and concluding with Italian neo-realism and the New Wave film. There is a midterm examination and final exam. A written review of a contemporary film is required. There is one major text and one supplementary text. The course format is unusual in that the film medium itself (in the form of short clips, slides, etc.) is used to the largest possible extent in presenting the course material. Students who expect to pursue the film-making course sequence should take this course as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore years. (Beaver)

290. News Writing. Sophomore standing. (3). (Excl).

This course teaches the fundamentals of journalistic writing for newspapers and general audiences. The ability to type is essential. Laboratories and discussion sessions are led by teaching assistants and cover topics such as journalistic writing style, news values, writing news leads, information seeking, copy editing, and interviewing. Laboratory sessions are used for writing and for editing in class. Teaching assistants also confer with students individually during the term to discuss student writing progress. Communication 290 makes use of computer-assisted instruction. Students are taught to use computer terminals for input of written assignments. Periodic performance tests are given to determine student progress in the course.

302. Writing for Mass Media. Comm. 290. (4). (Excl).

This is an advanced journalistic writing course. Successful completion of Communication 290 is prerequisite for Communication 302, and students who receive a "C" or lower should not elect the course. Ability to originate story ideas and work independently is essential. Knowledge of the AP style rules is required. Certain sections may deal with specific topics. (Buckley, Marzolf, Larcom)

400. The Media in American History. Upperclass standing. (4). (SS).

This lecture course places the development of American mass media in broader social, economic and political perspectives. While there are no specific prerequisites, a general grounding in American history is recommended. Grades are based on one or two hourly exams which are a mix of short-answer and essay questions, plus a final comprehensive examination. A research paper may be elected instead of one of the hourlies. (Stevens)

403. Analyzing the Media. Junior standing. (4). (SS).

This course examines the practices, ethics, values and performance of the modern American mass media. Students will look at the practitioners' definitions of their jobs and responsibilities, at media standards and codes of ethics and how these work out in terms of media content. Case studies and critical analysis of the media from scholars and popular writers will be used. There will be assigned texts and readings. Several short papers and one research paper will be required. There will be a midterm and final examinations. (Marzolf)

404. Media and the Marketplace. Upperclass standing. (4). (SS).

An examination of the economic structure of the mass media and the organizational and market constraints under which the media operate. Attention is focused on the web of relationships among those who control raw materials, labor, production, and distribution of mass communications. The media is examined in terms of sources of income and operating expenses, financial controls, corporate forms, effects of public policy, and economic influences which shape content and performance. An overview of contemporary issues involving the structure, behavior, and performance of the media. Attempts to explain why mass media markets are organized as they are and how their organization affects the way these markets work. Class organization is lecture-discussion. Exams are essay/short answer in format. A research paper is required. Required readings are diverse, challenging, and extensive. Previous course work in economics, business, and sociology is helpful but not required. (Buckley)

406. Mass Communication Research. Upperclass standing. (4). (SS).

Provides training in research skills relevant to studies of the impact of media on individuals and society. Topics covered include an introduction to research methods, an overview of issues and problems in mass media research, an extended examination of the influence of television and future developments in media research. In addition to lectures and discussions, students will be active participants in the implementation of a research project. Text: Stempl and Westley, Research Methods in Mass Communication; Comstock, Chaffee, Katzman, McCombs, and Roberts, Television and Human Behavior, N. Y.: Columbia University Press, 1978. (Watkins)

408. Introduction to Organizational Communication. Upperclass standing. (3). (HU).

The purpose of the course is to help students improve their understanding of communication structures and processes in the organization. The approach taken is to examine communication structures and processes at various levels of the organization: intrapersonal, dyadic, group, network and organizational levels. The emphasis is on improving one's understanding of communication behavior in organizations. For this reason, special attention is given to the study of motivation in organizational settings. Topics covered include person perception, non-verbal communication, and motivational theories at the intrapersonal level; interpersonal conflict, transactional analysis, and approaches to examining interpersonal communication (persuasion, contextual, rule-governed) at the dyadic level; decision making and problem solving approaches, role behavior, and leadership behavior at the group level; the study of formal and informal communication patterns and structures at the network level; and innovation, decision-making, and communication climates at the organizational levels.

Section 001. Special topics include communication assessment as part of organizational development, the communication audit and internal communication programs. Students will be required to attend lectures, read a selected text and course pack, and take two written in-class examinations. (Colburn)

Section 002. (DePietro)

409. The Michigan Journalist. Comm. 290 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The Michigan Journalist is an experimental periodical designed to permit a select group of undergraduate and graduate students to write, edit, photograph and lay-out for publication. Each of three issues put out in the term has a unifying theme. Staffers' articles explore it, reporting directly to the student editor and faculty advisor. Evaluation is based on the quality of work produced, and the individual's ability to function in a professional context. The class meets one period weekly for lab/seminar purposes; more often as the journalistic process requires. (Eisendrath)

410. Introduction to Group Communication. Junior standing. (3). (HU).

This course is a basic course focusing on the analysis of communicative interaction in small groups. The course provides (1) an introduction to important concepts, research and theory in small group communication, (2) a chance to explore the practical implications of small group theory and research and (3) several opportunities for students to participate in small group discussions which allow for immediate analysis of group communication.

Section 001. Student evaluation is based upon a group project, an individual paper and two exams. Required texts: Victims of Groupthink by Irving Janis; Change by Watzlawick, Weakland and Fisch; course pack readings. (Folger)

411. Theory and Practice of Argumentation. Comm. 100. (3). (HU).

The purpose of this course is to provide both basic theory and practice in argument. The structure of the class calls for a series of lectures on the principle terms and concepts in argument followed by actual classroom debates. Topics for debate are selected by students enrolled in the class. The course is limited to twenty-four students a term. Requirements include a midterm and final examination, one argumentative speech and participation in three classroom debates. (Colburn)

412. Elements of Persuasion. Comm. 100 or 102. (3). (HU).

This is a lecture course focusing on competing theoretical accounts of persuasion (the evidence concerning them, the problems they have encountered, etc.) and on research evidence concerning the effects of various factors on persuasion. No special background is required. One's grade is based equally on each of two exams (midterm and final) and an individual project. (Allen)

415. Contemporary Public Address. Upperclass standing. (3). (HU).

A look at individual men and women and organized groups that have influenced American culture and policy by means of the spoken word, from World War I to the present. Course stresses changes in public discourse resulting from the growth of electronic media of communication, increased reliance on ghostwriters, organized dissent, bureaucratization of public information dissemination, other cultural developments. No special background is presumed, but contemporary history is useful. Lectures, some seminar discussions; students will produce three investigative papers, midterm and final. Grade based on papers and exams. Required readings are speeches drawn from a variety of sources in a course pack. Recommended background readings: John D. Hicks, Republican Ascendancy, 1920-1933; Wm. Leuchtenberg, Franklin D. Roosevelt and The New Deal, 1933-1940; Eric Goldman, The Crucial Decade and After, 1945-1960. (Martin)

518. Cross-Cultural Communication. Senior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

This course entails an examination of the nature, process and factors affecting communication in an intercultural context and of the methods of training for intercultural communication roles. Our general orientation to the study of intercultural communication will include a review of the basic nature of culture, of communication, and of their relationships. There will be some lecturing, particularly early in the course, but we will essentially follow a seminar format. There will be a midterm and an individual research project. (Allen)

554. Media and Government. Comm. 202 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

This course explores in descriptive fashion various aspects of interactions among mass media, government, and political institutions generally. Particular attention is given to the president-press and foreign policy-press relationships, both historically and through ongoing current analysis. Midterm and final; a research paper also is required. Texts to be announced. (Porter)


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