Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. No credit granted to those who have completed 102. (Excl).

This course emphasizes communication as a means of bringing about social change. It is especially designed for underclass students, and is recommended for students who will be pursuing degrees or careers in teaching, law, business, administration, or politics, and others who are concerned with communicating effectively with the general public. Each week three hours are devoted to small section meetings which focus on communication principles and application of these principles to problem-solving in public speaking settings. Course topics include audience analysis, source credibility, stage-fright, techniques of persuasion, and ethics. The ultimate purpose of the course is to encourage more effective communication by providing students with instruction and experiences which help them to be at ease before audiences and which encourage them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact. (Smith)

202. Freedom of Expression. Comm. 103. (SS).

The course examines the historical, sociological, legal and political bases for freedom of expression. There is an emphasis on U.S. Supreme Court cases interpreting the First Amendment. Emphasis is also placed on analysis of current events and their relation to concepts discussed in class. There are two hourlies and a final exam. Students may also receive extra credit for short papers. (Lowenstein)

290. News Writing. Comm. 250 and sophomore standing. (Excl).

This course teaches the fundamentals of newspaper reporting and writing for general audiences. Areas to be covered include: defining news, copy editing, AP style, leads, story organization, reporting basic news stories, covering speeches/meetings/press conferences, interviewing techniques and descriptive writing. An ability to type is essential. In addition to assigned texts, students will be expected to read daily newspapers. Weekly discussion sessions and on-deadline writing labs will be led by supervised teaching assistants. Periodic quizzes on course material and current events will be given. There is no midterm nor final exam. Students are evaluated on class participation and writing performance of both in-class exercises and take-home projects. Communication 290 is part of the departmental undergraduate writing sequence and is a mandatory prerequisite for the ECB-credit Communication 302.

302. Writing for Mass Media. Permission of instructor. (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of concentration advisor.

Students do advanced reporting and writing for magazines and newspapers. Emphasis is on style, story development and research. Appropriate markets and audiences are studied. Weekly assignments plus longer articles of publishable quality are required. (Kubit)

310(210/412). Persuasive Communication. Comm. 103. (HU).

In this lecture course, we will investigate the ways in which people try to influence the attitudes and behavior of others. The topics covered should be of special interest to people who are concerned with public relations, labor-management problems, advertising directed toward social issues, and social action programs. There will be one final, a group project, and two individual projects. Student class participation will be counted toward the final grade. (Allen)

320(220). Film Analysis. (HU).

This course is a survey of the history, theory and aesthetics of the motion picture as illustrated through the works of representative film makers. It considers the types of artistic efforts that go into the making of a motion picture by emphasizing the roles of the director, the editor, the cinematographer as well as the roles of music and composition. The course traces the development of the motion picture from a primitive tool to a sophisticated art form. The latter part of the course is devoted to a selection of various films that illustrate genres, approaches to motion picture art: fantasy, neo-realism, the documentary film. An effort is also made to explain some of the more recent developments in film beginning with the experimental film and concluding with the animated film. There is a midterm examination and final exam. Written scene critiques of a contemporary film are required. There is one major text and one supplementary text. The course format is unusual in that the film medium itself (in the form of short clips, slides, etc.) is used to the largest possible extent in presenting the course material. Students who expect to pursue the film-making course sequence should take this course as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore years. (Beaver)

401. Selected Theories of Communication. Comm. 103 and junior standing. (SS).

The course provides a discussion of communication theories with special emphasis on mass communication institutions, processes and effects. Students will learn the fundamentals of theory reading and evaluation, and will demonstrate their knowledge of these skills through two essay exams, a research paper, and discussion section assignments. Required readings include a course pack and several texts. (Press)

405. The Media and the Arts. Comm. 103 and upperclass standing. (HU).

With an emphasis on popular culture and television, this course examines the role of popular arts as a creator of meaning and identity for audiences. Students learn interpretive, critical methods for looking at mass media products as art forms. The course investigates a variety of story forms that weave through culture including mystery and melodrama. In addition to examining these story forms in television, the course also takes up historical developments in "new" journalism, advertising, sports and music and their connections to narrative tradition. Required: Three papers (with rewrites possible), midterm critical journal, and final exam. (Campbell)

420/Pol. Sci. 420. Politics and the Mass Media. Pol. Sci. 111, 300, 410, or 411. (Excl).

This course examines the way in which mass media influences how we think about and act in the social and political world. Specific topics include the impact of television on political discourse; the structure and ownership of the media; how the news is made and how it influences our political attitudes and behaviors; the role of the media in campaigns and elections; how the media covers government and how this influences policy makers; and how the media presents sociopolitical issues and movements. (Williams)

421. Introduction to Radio and Television. Upperclass standing. (N.Excl).

This course is designed to introduce students to the terminology, aesthetics and organizational methods of broadcast production and programming. Lecture is supplemented with radio and television laboratory sessions in which students will apply their acquired knowledge of audio and video production, including scripting, directing and practical operation of studio equipment. Grading will be based on tests, radio and television directing projects and short written assignments. Students must be present at the first lecture and lab session to maintain enrollment. Laboratory sessions will be held at the television studios located at 400 Fourth Street. Students should plan schedules to allow for travel time. This course is a prerequisite for Communication 425, an advanced course devoted to radio and television studio production.

427. Preparation of Radio and TV Continuity. Junior standing. (Excl).

This course is meant to attract students who are interested in learning how to write and evaluate non-dramatic, non-news scripts for radio and television. The writing assignments include: radio and television commercials, public service announcements, broadcast editorials, and comedy scripts. Ultimately, these assignments are designed to acquaint students with the demands of working in a professional situation where writers are expected to: 1) conform ideas to precise time limitations; 2) observe accepted formats; 3) submit work prior to deadlines; and 4) prepare copy that is creative, entertaining, and/or persuasive. Class meetings will be organized around lectures, viewings, and analysis/discussion sessions. Finally, students taking this for ECB credit will have an opportunity to revise and resubmit selected assignments. (Reeves)


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