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Spring/Summer Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies

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COMM 101. The Mass Media.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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COMM 101. The Mass Media.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/comm/101/101.nsf

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COMM 111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment.

Instructor(s): Bradley Leland Taylor

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/comm/111/101.nsf

This course is a 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, online search and retrieval, web authoring, data management, image manipulation, the critical evaluation of information resources, and the formal presentation of research findings. The course introduces students to a range of campus information resources, including the university computing environment, the university library system, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Group-oriented assignments are designed to teach strategies needed to discover, evaluate, and communicate research findings within a university environment.

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COMM 321. Undergraduate Internship.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing, concentration in communication studies, and permission of instructor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged. No more than six credits combined of COMM 321 and 322 may be elected. (1-3). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication studies electives in a communication studies concentration plan. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Communication Studies concentrators who have reached junior standing may receive some amount of experiential course credit for an internship. Student assessment will be based on the academic merit of the work and evaluation of the final paper.

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COMM 381. Media Impact on Knowledge, Values, and Behavior.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/comm/381/101.nsf

This course critically evaluates research and scholarship on the impact of mass communication, especially television, in a variety of substantive domains. Media impact is treated both in theoretical and applied terms. The research examined spans levels of analysis, including effects on individuals as well as society at large. Topics to be covered include media impact on: social values; educational development; political behavior; violence and aggressive behavior; consumer behavior; health, emotion, and mood; and children. Research on the use of mass communication in public information campaigns is also reviewed, as is the role of media research in providing guidance for social policy makers and media professionals.

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COMM 381. Media Impact on Knowledge, Values, and Behavior.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/comm/381/101.nsf

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 101 — Media & Ethno-Religious Conflict.

Instructor(s): Javed Nazir (jnazir@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses on challenges related to media coverage in societies beset with ethnic and religious conflicts. The focus will primarily be on countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. These two countries have witnessed a phenomenal upsurge in ethnic and religious violence, impinging on communication and information flow. Journalists seek objectivity and truth, confronting an extremely hostile environment often at considerable risk to their lives. Additionally, the course studies identical problems elsewhere in the world with a focus on Middle East and former ethnicity-convulsed Yugoslavia. How well journalists, both international and local, cope with these challenges is another key dimension of the course. Since linguistic, religious, and cultural diversity impact on the contents of mass communication, the course provides some insight into the structure and operation of the media in these countries.

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COMM 441. Independent Reading.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. (3-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

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 & Distribution: Permission of department. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. (3-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

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 484 / POLSCI 325. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/comm/484/101.nsf

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 321. Undergraduate Internship.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing, concentration in communication studies, and permission of instructor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged. No more than six credits combined of COMM 321 and 322 may be elected. (1-3). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication studies electives in a communication studies concentration plan. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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COMM 441. Independent Reading.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. (3-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

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 & Distribution: Permission of department. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. (3-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

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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