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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Communication Studies
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for COMM

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Communication Studies.


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): Margaret T Wheeler (mtwheel@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course introduces students to the history of mass media in the United States, covering print, film, broadcast, and digital media. It examines different models of media development, exploring the relationship between technological, political, and cultural change. By surveying US media history in light of these models, it provides students with the historical grounding to better understand changes currently occurring in communications media.

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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 focuses on the role and importance of mass media in the political process. The interaction between the press, politicians, and the public during political campaigns receives detailed attention. Topics include: how news is made; campaign strategies; political advertising effects; relations between Congress, the President, and the media; and the role of mass media in political campaigns. These topics are examined through a systematic review of research in both mass communication and political science.

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

Section 001 Meets with Comm 485.002.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 485.002.

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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. Studies 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 502. Marsh Professor Mini-Course.

Section 001 Media and Government. Meets Mar. 11 - Mar. 21.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: (1). May be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided

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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 774. Media Institutions.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

hopwood-eligible course

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Understanding the economics of mass media industries is an important step toward a better understanding how media institutions operate and how they are affected by ever changing economic trend, technological forces, and public policies toward them. 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 media industries, including newspaper, broadcast television, film/video, 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 the market structure and industry behaviors, and finally, discuss the economic, technological, and political forces changing the industry.

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COMM 783. Research Methods II.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

hopwood-eligible course

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar is the second part of the two-part research methods and design series. 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. In completing this two-part seminar, it is expected that the students will acquire an adequate background in communication research methodology to pursue their own ideas, if they choose, from initial conceptualization of the research question to the final conclusions.

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COMM 799. Directed Study.

Instructor(s):

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

hopwood-eligible course

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 Theories of the Public Sphere. (3 credits). Meets with Psych 988.003.

Instructor(s): Catherine R Squires (squiresc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2-4).

hopwood-eligible course

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will give students an overview of recent innovations in and applications of public sphere theory. Major questions we will address include: What do we mean by public and community? What are the relationships between mass media, audiences, and public spheres? What factors contribute to the vibrancy or decline of a public sphere? What roles do physical spaces play in production and maintenance of publics? What is the relationship between group identities and the formation of counterpublics? What is the relationship between the state and public spheres? Students will be required to prepare questions for readings, write short reaction papers to particular readings, and produce a final paper for the seminar.

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COMM 900. Preliminary Examination Preparation.

Instructor(s):

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

hopwood-eligible course

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 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 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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