Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. No credit granted to those who have completed 102. (3). (Excl).

This course is recommended for students who will be pursuing degrees or careers in teaching, law, business, administration, or politics and others who are concerned with communicating effectively with the general public. Course topics include audience and speech 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 encourages them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Smith)

103. Media of Mass Communication. Not open to seniors. (4). (SS).

Providing an introduction to mass communication, this course examines the history and current processes involved in the creation of media products as part of American culture. The course analyzes political, economic, social and moral factors confronting television, radio, movies, news, advertising, public relations, book publishing, magazines, music videos and sound recording. Three lectures or viewings per week plus one discussion section. Three short writing projects required with emphasis on critical analysis of media. Two exams. [WL:1] (Campbell)

202. Freedom of Expression. Comm. 103. (3). (SS).

This lecture course seeks to define free expression and to show how freedom of speech and press evolved. It weighs the personal and societal benefits from unrestricted freedom against societal interests in preserving order, reputations and morals. It considers ethical, as well as legal, restraints. All exams (two hourlies and a final) are machine-graded, multiple-choice. There are no term papers. Required for Communications concentrators. [Cost:2] [WL:Do not call professor to request override before classes begin.]

250. Information Gathering for the Mass Media. Comm. 103 and concentration in Communication; sophomore and junior only. (3). (Excl).

This course teaches the strategies used in seeking information and evaluating its validity in a number of mass media applications, including journalism, broadcasting, marketing, media research and public relations. The basic approach combines research methods used by librarians and journalists in a problem-solving model that applies to many tasks in the information industry. Institutional, human, library and data base and special sources are examined. A computer game helps introduce the search strategy model. There are three lectures. There are weekly assignments. There is a final project, not a final exam. Preference is given to Sophomores and Juniors who are Communication concentrators. The course should be taken prior to other writing courses in the department. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Marzolf)

290. News Writing. Comm. 250 and sophomore standing. (3). (Excl).

Covers the fundamentals of newspaper reporting and writing, including defining news, locating stories, documentation, interviewing, clarity in writing, news coverage strategies and copy editing. Weekly assignments. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

302. Writing for Mass Media. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of concentration advisor.

This course will focus on feature writing, and as such, will work to perfect newsgathering and writing skills, and will address questions of style, content, ethics, and accuracy. Writing assignments will include personality profiles, UM/Ann Arbor feature stories, news-based features, holiday stories, team features, movie/theatre reviews, and opinion pieces. Readings will be drawn from anthologies and current writing of established journalists. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

310. Persuasive Communication. Comm. 103. (3). (Excl).

In this lecture course, we will investigate the ways in which people try to influence the attitudes and behavior of others. The topics covered should be of special interest to people who are concerned with public relations, labor-management problems, advertising directed toward social issues, and social action programs. There will be one final, a group project, and two individual projects. Student class participation will be counted toward the final grade. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Allen)

320. Film Analysis. (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, neo-realism, the documentary film. An effort is also made to explain of the more recent developments in film, beginning with the experimental film and concluding with the animated film. There is a midterm examination and final exam. Written scene critiques of a contemporary film are 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 a film-making sequence should take this course as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore years. Three lecture hours and one discussion section per week. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Beaver)

400. The Media in American History. Comm. 103, 202, and upperclass standing. (3). (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. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Stevens)

401. Mass Communication Theory: Selected Topics. Comm. 103 and junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Examines communication theories with special emphasis on mass communication institutions, media processes and effects. Students learn the fundamentals of theory reading and evaluation. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Oshagan)

403. Ethics of Journalism. Comm. 103, 202, and junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This course will examine standards of performance and codes of conduct for journalists. Students will apply those standards and codes to real and hypothetical cases and situations faced by journalists in the gathering and reporting of the news. Class discussion will be emphasized. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Bishop)

404. Media and the Marketplace. Comm. 103, 202, and upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

This course examines the structure of the mass media marketplace by focusing on the web of economic relationships, market processes, and external constraints which direct the activities of suppliers, producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers of communication products. It explores why mass communication industries are organized as they are and how their structure affects the behavior of media markets. The newspaper, magazine, book publishing, radio, television, cable, and motion picture industries are studied in terms of: market structure, product differentiation, ownership patterns, financial controls, competitive behavior, demand-side and supply-side constraints, organizational adaptation, technology, and public policy. As an overview of contemporary issues involving the economic performance of mass media industries, this course investigates attributes of the media marketplace that influence the nature of the competitive process. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Buckley)

405. The Media and the Arts. Comm. 103 and upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

SECTION 001. With an emphasis on popular culture and television, this course examines the role of popular arts as a creator of meaning and identity for audiences. Students learn interpretive and critical methods of looking at mass media products as artifacts or art forms. The course investigates cultural traditions as expressed through popular culture. In addition to examining various television genres, the course also considers feature films, the recording industry, the popular press, and performing arts. Four critical papers are assigned, plus a midterm and final examination. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

SECTION 002. See description above. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Watson)

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

Emphasis is given to the oral communication process in small group problem-solving situations. Subject matter includes: group leadership styles; member functions; barriers and obstacles to understanding in small groups, and techniques for group discussion effectiveness. Methods of class operation include: class discussion; mini lectures; research reports; participation in small group processes; case problems, and class member evaluation of group discussions. Reading materials include selected readings on oral communication and small group research. (Storey)

417. Analyzing Television. Comm. 103 and junior standing. (3). (HU).

With a focus on television, this course examines approaches to the criticism of mass media. The first part looks at approaches from impact and functional studies to aesthetic and mythic analyses. Part II of the course applies analysis to selected TV genres soap operas, sitcoms, variety and talk shows, children's programming, MTV, and news, among others. The course investigates social, aesthetic, and moral issues confronting media institutions and suggest strategies for understanding and confronting these issues. Required: Four papers, critical journal, and two exams. [WL:1]

421. Introduction to Radio and Television. Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to introduce students to the terminology aesthetics and organizational methods of broadcast production and programming. Lecture is supplemented with radio and television laboratory sessions in which students will apply their acquired knowledge of audio and video production, including scripting, directing and practical operation of studio equipment. Grading will be based on test, radio and television directing projects and short written assignments. Students must be present at the first lecture and lab session to maintain enrollment. Laboratory sessions will be held at the television studios located at 400 Fourth Street. Students should plan schedules to allow for travel time. This course is a prerequisite for Communication 425, an advanced course devoted to radio and television studio production. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Sarris, Young)

427. Preparation of Radio and TV Continuity. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

In this course students will learn to prepare and evaluate non-dramatic program material for radio and television. The weekly writing assignments include commercials, public service announcements, commentaries, editorials, and documentaries. Creative work must be put into proper script format and written for precise lengths of time. Instruction is provided through lectures, assignment comments, individual conferences, evaluation and analysis of professional scripting through the use of video and audiotapes. Students are expected to attend each class session and participate in discussions. A final exam, based on the textbook as well as class discussions, is given. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

428. Writing Drama for Film and Television. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to introduce students to dramatic scriptwriting for film and television. During the term, each student is required to complete a script for a full-length film or a made-for-TV movie OR a script for a one-hour dramatic episode for a television series and a 30-minute situation comedy. In addition, short exercises in character development, dialogue, plot design and creative visualization will be assigned. Class time will be divided between lecture, critical discussion of dramatic theatrical film and television programming, and in-class evaluation of student work. Attendance is thus important and required. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Watson)

500. Seminar. Open to senior concentrators. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

SECTION 001. This seminar will examine the interrelationships of women and the mass media as professional employees, as subject matter, and as audience. It will draw on the theories and research from mass communication and women's studies. It will review the past two decades of feminist criticism of the media. The goal will be to understand how particular issues have been framed and the societal and institutional responses. Topics for discussion may include: media stereotyping, professional equality and equity, feminist publications and the women's magazines, gender and language usage, minority women and media, professional achievements of women in media, new directions in news evaluation, pornography, women as consumers, activists, audience. There will be assigned readings for discussion. Each student will select an area of feminist media criticism and research its development in the last twenty years. A substantial research paper and bibliography will be required. A journal, short topical papers for discussion, or a group content analysis may be included. [Cost:3] [WL:1] (Marzolf)

SECTION 002. This course examines radio and television documentaries as historical artifacts in an attempt to understand their role in chronicling patterns of American culture. Among the topics addressed are documentary coverage of key events in U.S history, American institutions, human social behavior and American life style, the Vietnam war, the civil rights movement, and domestic ferment in America. Discussions will consider programs broadcast from the 1940s to the present. Since more television documentaries were produced during the 1960s than any other decade, and since this era was marked by palpable upheaval in American society, the course will give extensive examination to that period. Weekly discussion-viewing-listening sessions will consider individual programs, network series, and PBS documentaries; and the work of various producers and writers. Grades will be based on three short papers, a major paper, final exam and class participation. [Cost:] [WL:] (Mascaro)

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

This seminar is an examination of some of the major issues concerning the nature of international communication. We will cover such topics as: the flow of information across national boundaries, the unequal distribution and access to information world-wide, the varying points of views concerning the new world information order, the world-wide consequences of the Information Age. A major concern of the course is to understand how communication and media presently operate and to consider these implications for its future operation in a world-wide context. There will be some lecturing, particularly early in the course. Students will be required to write a major paper and complete a take-home final exam. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Allen)

551. Investigative Reporting. Comm. 302 or 600; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Focuses on the rudiments of investigative reporting, including pre-investigation planning, story selection, investigative strategies and resources, identifying and following the paper trail, interviewing and evaluating findings. Covers clarity in writing, and also the current status of investigative reporting, its ethics and politics. Includes selecting a topic, investigating it and writing a publishable story. Instructions by lecture, discussion, writing. Evaluation by papers and major project. No midterm or final. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Hall)

552. Society and Mass Media. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The purpose of this course is to investigate and develop the macrosocial perspectives on communication processes. The social system is the context which both shapes and is affected by the mass media, and a more complete understanding of communication effects needs to be aware of explanation at extra-individual levels. The first part of the course will be an overview of the fundamentals, the problems, and the tools of social science, as well as the domain of the macrosocial. This will be invaluable later in the course when we have to grapple with the evaluation of macrosocial theories. We will then examine areas of mass communication research that may further our understanding of how media and society interact. The course will end with an effort to summarize a more coherent systemic view. [WL:1] (Oshagan)

555. Media History. Comm. 400 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

SECTION 001. This seminar will focus on the changing way newspapers have covered a single topic over the last century of so. Students will read the actual newspapers. Undergraduates should have completed Communication 400 and/or a course in recent American history. Grades are based on written and oral reports. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Stevens)

SECTION 002. Documentary film survey from 1922, with selected examples to be screened for purposes of comparative analysis. Class discussion relates the Documentary with historical and social contexts. Production oriented class with emphasis on 16mm documentary projects. Elements of research, pre-production planning, scripting, direction and team production. Students to serve in major production roles must have successfully completed Communication 530 and 630 film production courses. Others interested in documentary film history and production, but without prerequisite course work or 16mm production equivalence may enroll only by permission of instructor and as class space permits. These students may elect supportive roles during production of class projects. Basis of student evaluation: Class production and/or term paper. Methodology: Lectures, screenings, discussion, class projects. [Cost:3] [WL:1] (Rideout)


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