Courses in COMMUNICATION (DIVISION 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. (Excl).

This course 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. Course topics include audience and speech 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 encourages them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact. You must be present at the first two class meetings to hold your spot. WL:1 (Mikula)

103. Introduction to Mass Communication. Not open to seniors. (SS).

Providing an introduction to mass communication, this course examines the history and current processes involved in the creation of media products as part of American culture. The course investigates tensions between "high" and popular cultures, between print ad electronic media, and between modernism and post modernism. The course analyzes political, economic, social and moral factors confronting television, radio, movies, news, advertising, public relations, book publishing, magazines, music videos and sound recording. Three short writing projects required with emphasis on critical analysis of media. Two exams. Cost:NA WL:1 (Campbell)

250. Information Gathering for Mass Media. (Excl).

This course teaches the strategies used in finding information, evaluating its validity and reporting the results in a number of mass media applications, including journalism, public relations, marketing, and advertising. The approach combines research methods used by media professionals and by librarians. Problem-solving assignments are applied to the information industry. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hall)

290. News Writing. (Excl).

Covers the fundamentals of newspaper reporting and writing, including defining news, locating stories, documentation, interviewing, clarity in writing, news coverage strategies and copy editing. Weekly assignments. Cost:2 WL:1

302. Writing for the Mass Media. Comm. 290, or permission of instructor. (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of concentration advisor.

Comm. 290 or equivalent writing experience and permission of instructor. The course concentrates on the basic concepts and techniques of feature writing. There will be assigned readings, class discussions and a weekly in-house writing lab (MS-DOS/Microsoft Works software). In addition, there will be two outside papers required. Students will receive both written and office hour criticism and evaluation of their work. Class attendance and participation is mandatory. Cost:2 WL:1 (Kubit)

320. 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 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 a film-making sequence should take this course as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore years. Three lecture hours and one discussion section per week. Cost:2 WL:1

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

Comm. 103 and upperclass standing. This is essentially a critical writing workshop devoted to the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of the popular arts. The first part of the course works on developing basic writing skills associated with reporting aesthetic experiences, describing performance, and relating stories. Assignments in the middle part of the course explore analytic and interpretive approaches to the criticism of popular television, film, and music. The course concludes by considering the latest critical controversies. Students are required to attend two or three events outside of class (films, concerts, etc.). Grades are determined by student performance on five or six written assignments.

420/Pol. Sci. 420. Politics and the Mass Media. Pol. Sci. 111, 300, 410, or 411. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 420. (Semetko)

421. Introduction to Radio and Television. Upperclass standing. (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 for radio in 1050 Frieze Bldg. and for television at the studios located at 400 Fourth Street. The first lecture will meet in room 1041 Frieze. This course is a prerequisite for Communication 425, an advanced course devoted to radio and television studio production. Cost:2 WL:1

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

This course is designed to give students experience in writing scripts for non-dramatic radio and television. The writing assignments include: radio and television commercials, public service announcements, broadcast editorials, commentaries, and documentaries. Emphasis is on use of language and visuals to communicate ideas and to influence viewer perception, as well as adapting writing to script formats and precise lengths of time. Instruction is through lecture, written comments on scripts, individual conferences, in-class critique and discussion of student writing, and evaluation and analysis of professional broadcast scripting through the use of video and audio tapes. Attendance and participation in class discussion are mandatory. You must be present at the first class meeting to maintain your enrollment. This course may be taken to fulfill the ECB junior- senior writing requirement. Cost:2 WL:1 (Sarris)


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