Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public and Interpersonal Communication. Not open to seniors. (3). (Excl).

This course focuses on helping students to develop effective public and interpersonal communication skills. We will review the basics of communication theory and models of effective communication in interpersonal and public settings. The emphasis of the course will be on creating opportunities of learning by doing and on encouraging students to reflect on their performance in communication activities both within and outside of the course. Verbal communication is typically an activity which receives little attention in our daily lives and is rarely addressed in most courses. It is our philosophy, however, that oral communication is a critical life skill which requires both effort and thought to fully develop.

217/Women's Studies 200. Women in Popular Films and Television (3). (Excl).

This course is an introduction to the way women have been portrayed historically in popular film and television. Taking a critical perspective, we will examine the main historical eras characterizing the portrayal of women in each medium. Special attention will be given to the following themes: female sexuality; women's role in the family; women's roles in the workplace. Theories concerning women as viewers of these popular media will also be discussion section. Students will be asked to reflect upon their own experience in viewing popular film and television in paper assignments and examination questions. The course will consist of one viewing per week, one lecture, and one discussion section. Grading will be based on several essay examinations and a short paper. (Press)

290. News Writing. (3). (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

427. Preparation of Radio and TV Continuity. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This course section 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 to precise lengths of time. Instruction is through lecture, written comments on scripts, individual conferences, in-class critique and discussions 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.

470/CAAS. 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (Excl).

See CAAS 470. (Ukadike)


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