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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

Open courses in Communication Studies
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Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for Communication Studies.

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COMM 441. Independent Reading.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of department. (3-4). No more than four credits may be included in a Communication concentration. (INDEPENDENT). Comm. 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with a faculty member.

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COMM 442. Independent Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of department. (3-4). No more than four credits may be included in a Communication concentration. (INDEPENDENT). Comm. Studies 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for original, individualized student research under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Must be arranged with the faculty member.

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COMM 453. The Media in U.S. History.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Derek W Vaillant (dvail@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~dvail/453.html

This course treats the social and cultural history of selected media forms and technologies in the United States from Colonial times to the present. It analyzes the impact of selected communications media (newspapers, letters, novels, film, radio, and television) on American society. The course examines communication theories of the "public sphere," the masses, and identity formation (ethnicity, gender, and race), and examines how the media have shaped and redefined the relationship of individuals with the State, with mass consumer society, and with one another. While there are no specific prerequisites, a general grounding in United States history is recommended.

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COMM 484 / POLSCI 420. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicholas A Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores enduring research questions concerning the interaction between the press, politicians, and the public. Journalistic performance, elite political strategy, and mass public opinion are all investigated in some depth. Important normative and conceptual issues (e.g., the role of the press in a democratic society; the susceptibility of citizens to media influence; the adequacy of campaign coverage; the influence of campaigns on political behavior) are identified and examined using research from various social science disciplines. Emphasis is given to recent research dealing with the impact of political communication on electoral behavior.

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COMM 485 / SOC 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nojin Kwak (kwak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/comm/485/001.nsf

This course explores enduring research questions concerning mass communication and public opinion. Important normative and conceptual issues (e.g., the role of the press in a democratic society; the susceptibility of citizens to media influence; the differentiation of mass, crowd, and public; the relationship of attitudes to opinions) are first identified and examined by reviewing writings in social philosophy and social science. These issues are then investigated further through a review of relevant research in sociology, political science, social psychology, and mass communication. Emphasis is given to recent research dealing with the impact of the media on public opinion.

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COMM 699. First-Year Research Project.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, Instructor permission. (3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 2nd 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 (CS 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.

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COMM 771. The Mass Media and the Public.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicholas A Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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COMM 781. Research Methods I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard L Allen (yebo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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COMM 799. Directed Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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COMM 810. Seminar in Communication.

Section 001 Topic?

Instructor(s): Susan J Douglas (sdoug@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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COMM 810. Seminar in Communication.

Section 003 New Media Tech & Public Policy.

Instructor(s): William R Neuman

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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COMM 900. Preliminary Examination Preparation.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Pre-doctoral standing. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 written examinations. Students can register for an individual study course, CS 900: Preliminary Examination Preparation, for up to six credit hours. 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. NOTE: Students must be registered during the term they take a preliminary exam. If an exam is completed while a student is not registered, the graduate school will NOT advance the student to candidacy.

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COMM 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

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COMM 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Instructor(s): Susan J Douglas (sdoug@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Winter Academic Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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COMM 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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