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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


COMM 441. Independent Reading.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of department. (3-4). A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies 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). A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies 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 Meets w/ Comm 453.002

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

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

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

See Communication Studies 453.002.

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

Section 002 Meets w/ Comm 453.001

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

Prerequisites: COMM 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 454. Media Economics.

Section 001 Meets w/ Comm 454.002

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/comm/454/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 454.002.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 002 Meets w/ COMM 454.001

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/comm/454/001.nsf

This course introduces students to a range of economic principles and concepts used in explaining the market structure, behavior, and performance of mass media industries.

The course is organized around a selective list of media industries - newspaper, film and home video, broadcast television, cable television, and the Internet. Within each industry, we study relevant economic models and examine how consumer demand, technology, and government policies interact to affect market structure and industry behavior. Finally, we will discuss the economic, technological, and political forces changing the industry.

After completing this course, students will become acquainted with the various economic models applicable to the media industries. In addition, students will be able to apply basic economic concepts and analytical tools to explain media industry behaviors, evaluate business strategies of media firms, and assess the merits of public policies toward the media industries.

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

Section 001 Meets w/ COMM 485.002

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

Prerequisites: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 485 / SOC 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Section 002 Meets with COMM 485.001

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

Prerequisites: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 485.001.

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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 second 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 772. Mass Communication and the Individual.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Travis L Dixon (tldixon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/comm/772/001.nsf

The course provides students with a broad introduction to theory and research on mass communication and the individual. It ntroduces students to some of the major theoretical approaches to research on the social psychological effects of mass media on the individual and offers new researchers a forum for developing and exercising basic skills in reading, understanding, and writing theoretical and empirical social scientific work. The course focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on communication and social psychological research conducted within a social scientific framework.

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COMM 781. Research Methods I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): L Rowell Huesmann (huesmann@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar is the beginning of a two part series on research methods and design in communication research. Together, the courses are designed to provide students with an introduction to the logic and techniques of social scientific research in mass communication in its varied and multiple manifestations. The seminar will address (a) methods of framing research questions in communication and (b) techniques of gathering and interpreting observations (both qualitative and quantitative) in an effort to answer a wide range of research questions. Moreover, this course aims at enabling students to evaluate critically the validity of communication research findings and conclusions. This course will cover a variety of topics related to empirical and nonempirical research. These will include the boundaries of the scientific approach to knowledge, the limits of quantitative and qualitative methods, the strengths and weaknesses of particular methods and critiques of specific designs. The focus of this course is methodological rather than statistical or technological (although some of the latter invariably surfaces).

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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 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.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

COMM 939 is a seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this course.

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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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