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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies (Division 352)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Communication Studies

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Comm. 371. Media, Culture, and Society.

Section 002 ONLY may be elected to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

Instructor(s): Derek Vaillant (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended.


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This course explores the rise of the mass media and social and cultural issues surrounding the history of the mass media in the U.S. Course topics studied may include: communication and social identity, including race, ethnicity, and gender; media's role in defining and representing culture; issues of pluralism and post-colonialism, media audiences as interpretive and "imagined" 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.

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Math. 371/Engin. 371. Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists.

Instructor(s): Zhong-Hui Duan (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Engineering 101; one of Math. 216, 256, 286, or 316. CAEN lab access fee required for non-Engineering students.


Lab Fee: CAEN lab access fee required for non-Engineering students.

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This is a survey course of the basic numerical methods which are used to solve practical scientific problems. Important concepts such as accuracy, stability, and efficiency are discussed. The course provides an introduction to MATLAB, an interactive program for numerical linear algebra, and may provide practice in FORTRAN programming and the use of a software library subroutine. Convergence theorems are discussed and applied, but the proofs are not emphasized. Floating point arithmetic, Gaussian elimination, polynomial interpolation, spline approximations, numerical integration and differentiation, solutions to non-linear equations, ordinary differential equations, polynomial approximations. Other topics may include discrete Fourier transforms, two-point boundary-value problems, and Monte-Carlo methods. Math 471 is a similar course which expects one more year of maturity and is somewhat more theoretical and less practical. The sequence Math 571-572 is a beginning graduate level sequence which covers both numerical algebra and differential equations and is much more theoretical. This course is basic for many later courses in science and engineering. It is good background for 571-572.

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Engl. 371. Studies in Literature, 1600-1830.

Section 001 (Honors). This course meets the PRE-1830 English concentration requirement.

Instructor(s): Marjorie Levinson (

Prerequisites & Distribution: May be repeated for credit with department permission.


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This course will explore British Romantic poetry, defined by reference to the works of the six canonical poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron) and with an emphasis on the philosophical projects undertaken through that body of writing. Some examples of such projects: redefinition of the writing and reading subject; fusion of critical and creative functions in poetry; invention of art as a mode of knowledge and politics; literary production as both reflecting and resisting economies of modern life. Requirements: serious and informed class-participation; submission of questions/comments for each syllabus item; weekly essays, 2-5 pages. Written work will consist of two five-page papers and one longer essay (c.15 pages). These first two essays will in part constitute explorations in the longer research project for the course.

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Philo. 371. Existentialism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michelle Kosch

Prerequisites & Distribution: One philosophy introduction.


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The course will focus on an examination of three central commitments of existential philosophy:

  1. to an ontology that posits a radical difference between human being and the being of objects,
  2. to a phenomenological account of the structure of human existence, and
  3. to a non-cognitive account of value and to the central role of human activity in the creation of value.

We will examine competing accouns of the nature of human freedom, the meaning of contingency in the human situation, and the nature and possibility of 'authenticity'. Readings will include selections from Sartre, Ortega y Gasset, Heidegger, Jaspers, Kierkegaard, and perhaps others.

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Music Theory 371. Instrumentation and Orchestration.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Music Theory 238.


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