Courses in Communication Studies (Division 352)


Spring 1997

101. The Mass Media. (4). (SS).

This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of contemporary mass media systems and an examination of the various factors historical, economic, political, and cultural that have shaped their development. The course begins with a description of present print and electronic media and examines their evolution. Attention is given throughout to the legal and ethical implications of mass communication systems and to comparisons between American media systems and those elsewhere in the world. Finally, it considers the probable future course of the media and examines possible alternatives. Cost:2 WL:1

102. Media Processes and Effects. (4). (SS).

This course introduces students to the contemporary research on mass communication processes and effects. Basic processes involved in the production, dissemination, reception, and impact of media messages are examined. The course investigates a variety of effects on individuals' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as influences on the functioning of larger social systems. It proceeds in general from investigations of individual-level to societal-level impact. Critical reading and evaluation of research on media processes and effects, and of its application to social policy debates, is encouraged and developed. Cost:2 WL:1

111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment. (1). (Excl).

Hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility. Cost:2 WL:1

321(450). Undergraduate Internship. Junior standing, concentration in Communication Studies, and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication electives in a communication concentration plan. No more than eight credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected for a total of six credits.

The internship is designed to provide Communication Studies concentrators limited credit for appropriate practical work experience. Time requirement for a 2-credit internship is approximately 30 hours per week for a 7 week term. Student evaluation is based on satisfactory completion of the internship and written recommendation of the internship sponsor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be pre-arranged.

322. Practicum. Permission of department. Practicum credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged. No more than eight credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication electives in a communication concentration plan. No more than eight credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected for a total of six credits.

The practicum is designed to provide Communication Studies concentrators limited credit for appropriate practical experience gained in other than an employment setting. Time requirement for a 2-credit practicum is approximately 30 hours per week for a 7 week term. Student evaluation is based on satisfactory completion of an analytical evaluation (e.g., research-based paper) of the experience, under direction of the practicum supervisor. Practicum credit is not retroactive and must be pre-arranged.

351. Structure and Function of Media Systems. Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

Examines research and scholarship focused on existing media institutions, their genesis and current lines of development, institutional arrangements, organization and operation, economic structure, and characteristic communications "output." Course topics may include: the history of media systems; media and government, including legal, regulatory, and free-expression issues; media economics; international media systems; technologies; media organizational routines; and the values and behavior of media professionals. The course investigates the ways in which institutional, economic, and organizational arrangements affect professional behavior and media content, with attention to media system changes over time and in comparative contexts. Cost:2 WL:1 (Stevens)


Summer 1997

485(463)/Soc. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

See Sociology 463. (Greene)


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