Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. (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. You must be present at the first two class meetings to hold your spot. WL:1 (Mikula)

103. Introduction to 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. (3). (SS).

SECTION 001. 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 writings of established journalists. Cost:2 WL:1 (Marzolf)

250. Information Gathering for Mass Media. (3). (Excl).

This course teaches the strategies used in finding information, evaluating its validity and reporting the results in a number of mass media applications, including journalism, public relations, marketing, and advertising. The approach combines research methods used by media professionals and by librarians. Problem-solving assignments are applied to the information industry. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Hall)

290. News Writing. (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]

301(401). Mass Communication Theory. (3). (Excl).

This lecture and discussion course will present a broad overview of the various theories of mass communication processes and effects on individuals and the social system. Mass communication effects on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals, as well as influences on the functioning and ideology of social systems will be covered. After initial review of basic social scientific concepts and methods necessary for an understanding of the reading material the course will give to the examination of theory and research efforts, proceeding, in general, from investigations of individual to societal-level processes. Critical reading and evaluation of social scientific theory and research is expected, and is developed. Grading will be based on midterm, a final, and a paper, in addition to occasional section assignments. Cost:2 WL:4 (Oshagan)

302. Writing for the Mass Media. Comm. 290, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of concentration advisor.

SECTION 001. 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 writings of established journalists. Cost:2 WL:1 (Marzolf)

305/Linguistics 305. Political and Advertising Discourse. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Linguistics 305. (Cooper)

310. Persuasive Communication. (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. (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 term paper and final comprehensive examination. Cost:2 WL:1 (Stevens)

403. Ethics of Journalism. (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 in the Marketplace. (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. (Buckley)

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

The daytime soap opera, the evening newscast, the prime-time situation comedy, and the late night talk show all of the familiar programs of popular American television are meaningful cultural documents that speak to the shifting values and the ongoing contradictions of modern life. This course challenges students to explore new ways of thinking about the social, moral, political, artistic, and economic implications of the television experience. Key topics addressed in the course include: narrative theory; authorship and readership; the representation of race and gender; stardom; genre theory; intertextuality. Students should expect to encounter several short writing assignments, as well as at least two exams (a midterm and a final). Cost:3 WL:1 (Reeves)

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

This course is designed to introduce students to the terminology, aesthetics, and methods of radio and television producing and directing. Lectures are supplemented with a radio and television studio laboratory. Lab sessions take a hands-on approach, allowing students to apply lecture concepts including scripting, program design, and practical operation of studio equipment in a series of exercises designed to focus on various production elements and their influence on message and content. Grading will be based on these laboratory directing projects, tests, and short written assignments. Students must be present at the first lecture and lab sessions to maintain enrollment. Television laboratory sessions will be held at LS&A Television Studios located at 400 Fourth Street. Students should plan schedules to allow for travel time. This course is the necessary prerequisite to Communication 425, an advanced course devoted to radio and television field production. Cost:2 WL:1 (Sarria, Young)

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

Students will write several non-dramatic scripts of radio and television program material. The weekly writing assignments include commercials, editorials, commentaries, documentaries, promotions, and public service announcements. Students must creatively write their scripts in the proper television or radio format, and the scripts must read for a precise amount of time. Good writing skills are essential for success in the course. The course will consist of lectures, peer evaluation of written work, in-class writing exercises, and analysis of professional scripts that are on audio or video tape. Attendance at every class is mandatory and students must participate in class discussions. A final exam will be given, with material originating from the text or class lectures. This course may be taken to fulfill the ECB junior-senior writing requirement.

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

This course is a workshop in writing dramatic narrative scripts for feature length films or made for T.V. movies. The objectives of this class are to teach skills for the development of dramatic concepts (structure, character, dialogue, etc.), to provide a better critical understanding of the devices used by screenwriters and filmmakers, to encourage an appreciation for the writer's role in filmmaking (both possibilities and limitations), and finally to teach the standard format of the screenplay. This class requires the completion of a feature length screenplay, analysis of several scripts, group critiques of work, and various other writing assignments. Cost:1 WL:1 (Hurbis-Cherrier)

450. Undergraduate Internship. Junior standing, concentration in Communication and permission of instructor. (2) (Excl).Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Communication 450 is the Department's internship program, designed to give junior or senior Communication concentrators credit for appropriate practical work experience. Internships may be elected for 2 credits only and are given credit/no credit (may not be elected for a grade). Time requirement for a 2-credit internship is approximately 15 hours per week for a 14-week term. Student evaluation is based on satisfactory completion of the internship and recommendation of the internship sponsor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be pre- arranged. For further information and approval, students should contact the internship coordinator in the Department of Communication. Cost:none WL: Registration is by P.I. only. Students must see the internship coordinator for required override. (Sarris)

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

SECTION 001. GENDER AND THE MASS MEDIA. In this course we will look at the intersection between the study of gender and the study of the mass media. First, we look at feminist theory generally, providing an introduction which lays the groundwork for the coursework: we then look specifically at gender theory concerning particular mass media (film, television, newspapers, books, and magazines). Topics in the second portion of the course will include the representation of gender in mass media content; the participation of the genders in mass media production; public policy as it concerns both of these issues. Coursework will include several take-home exams and a substantial research paper on a topic of the student's choice. Class presentations based on the research paper may be required. Classes will be discussion-oriented, and participation will be required. Some background in women's studies as well as in communication, or consent of the instructor, is required. (Press)

SECTION 002: JAZZ AS A MEDIUM. An examination of jazz from a historic, economic, social and musical points of view through lectures, recordings, and live music demonstrations. Listening assignments from the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (the only required materials), class discussions, one research paper and a final exam are the course requirements. Major course objective is for students to achieve a better enjoyment and understanding of jazz, our only native American art form. Cost:2 WL:4 (Brooks, Schumacher)

501. Departmental Tutorial. Open to senior concentrators. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Intended for individualized research and writing instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with the faculty member.

528. Advanced Television Writing. Comm. 428 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed expressly for students who are seriously considering a writing career in television's storytelling industry. Assignments include: adapting a story to the small screen; collaborating with other students on scripting an episode of an existing series; writing a pilot for an original series or writing the first draft of an original movie made for television. Although some lecture material will be presented during the first part of the term, most class meetings will be devoted to discussion sessions and story conferences. Cost:3 WL:1 (Reeves)

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. (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. (3). (Excl).

Seminar examines the journalism of the 1880's. Students will analyze metropolitan newspapers of the era for indications of modernization and urbanization. Research papers. Text: Barth, CITY PEOPLE. Cost:2 WL:1 (Stevens)


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