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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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Fall Academic Term 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


COMM 441. Independent Reading.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of department. (3-4). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

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). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

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 454. Media Economics.

Section 001 — Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with 454.002.

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

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/comm/454/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 454.002.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 002 — Meets with COMM 454.001.

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

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 699. First-Year Research Project.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, Instructor permission. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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 771. The Mass Media and the Public.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to several selected areas of research on the impact of the mass media on the public. The course will focus heavily on the role of the media as watchdog and informant for individuals and groups. The place of the media in our democracy, their influence on electoral politics and representation in general, and their ability to shape the policy-making process will be of particular interest. The course begins with how public opinion is conceptualized, and then focuses on how news was and is made. Having developed an understanding of this process, we shift to the media's influence in shaping mass opinions. We will also pursue the mechanisms by which media exposure affects political decision-making. Then we focus more narrowly on the role of the media during political campaigns. We spend one week on the strategic uses of the mass media by elected officials. Finally, we spend a good deal of time considering the impact of media coverage on public perceptions of and policies involving various social groups.

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COMM 781. Research Methods I.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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 — Multimedia-based Research in Communication and Media Psychology. [3 credits].

Instructor(s): Silvia Knobloch (sknobloc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2-4). May be elected up to five times for credit.

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/comm/810/001.nsf

Digital communication technologies have revolutionized daily communication processes but also data collection for social scientific purposes.

Multimedia research settings allow researchers to observe communication behavior unobtrusively and to manipulate communication environments experimentally in a multitude of ways.

This course will discuss existing research that has used multimedia settings to investigate communication behavior. The reviewed literature will include "Psychological experiments on the Internet" (ed. by M. Birnbaum), as well as publications in communication journals by S. Sundar, S. Knobloch, and other authors.

Media-psychological questions/hypotheses will be developed in the course and then tested empirically. Therefore, the course will create a multimedia research procedure and collect data. Finally, a research report will be written that potentially will result in a joint publication, depending on contributions of course participants.

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COMM 900. Preliminary Examination Preparation.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Pre-doctoral standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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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