Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Communication Studies (Division 352)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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Comm. 101. The Mass Media.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan Douglas (sdoug@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

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. 102. Media Processes and Effects.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Travis Dixon (tldixon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~cs102/

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.

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Comm. 111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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, database 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.

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Comm. 159. First-Year Seminar in Communication Studies.

Section 001 Introduction to Journalistic Performance

Instructor(s): Anthony Collings (collings@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan in Communication Studies.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar introduces first-year students to the basics of journalistic performance. The seminar will examine how journalists operate and discuss their role in society. Students will review the history and evolution of Western journalistic values, with special focus on the concept of "objectivity." The seminar will examine the application of those values to global news coverage. In conclusion, students will consider ethical issues involving journalists' obligations to their profession and to society.

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Comm. 211(206). Evaluating Information.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael Traugott (mtrau@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 111. (4). (SS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~CS211/

This course teaches the fundamental thinking skills necessary for critical evaluation of research-based arguments, especially those based on quantitative information. Such skills are required for one to be a competent mass communicator of information, a critical consumer of information relayed by the mass media, or an intelligent scholar of media processes and effects.

The course introduces generic logical and statistical concepts through analysis and discussion of specific cases drawn from research reported in the mass media (e.g., health and business news, public opinion polls), research on the media, (e.g., the impact of media violence), and research for the media (e.g., audience research). Students' logical and quantitative reasoning skills are improved through a variety of "hands-on" exercises and projects (many involving computerized spreadsheet programs). The course is introductory in nature, and no prior statistical expertise is required.

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Comm. 311(406). Mass Communication Research.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jerry Johnston (jerej@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 211. (3). (SS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a guided introduction to mass communication research processes. The course will address (a) methods of framing media research, (b) techniques for gathering empirical data in an effort to answer these questions, and (c) statistical and other techniques for organizing, analyzing and interpreting the data to form valid conclusions. Students collaborate in carrying out a term research project, which provides the opportunity to practice the many techniques learned in the course. The aim is to enable students to pursue their own ideas, from initial conceptualization and development of the research questions to final conclusions.

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Comm. 321(450). Undergraduate Internship.

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. Studies 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 a total of six 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. 351. Structure and Function of Media Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): James Brentar (brentar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course 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.

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Comm. 361. Processes of Mediated Communication.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines general phenomena involved with the creation, dissemination, and reception of mediated information. Course topics may include: information processing, including message encoding and decoding; media priming and framing of evaluations and decisions; influences of message structure and communication modalities on processing; media use and reception, including interpretive processes; information flow and control, focusing on influences of communication networks, message diffusion, and information gatekeeping; and communicative processes of learning, persuasion, and social influence. The emphasis is on the development and testing of general theories explaining how mediated communication works, even though research examined will center on particular cases e.g., studies of priming in political communication).

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Comm. 371. Media, Culture, and Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Derek Vaillant (dvail@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~dvail/371.html

This course explores the rise of the mass media and social and cultural issues surrounding the history of the mass media in the U.S. Course topics studied may include: communication and social identity, including race, ethnicity, and gender; media's role in defining and representing culture; issues of pluralism and post-colonialism, media audiences as interpretive and "imagined" communities; media and social movements; and the role of media in altering and maintaining political and social order. Research on mass communication is examined in connection with broader questions about the relations between cultural systems and social formations, and about the dynamics of social and cultural change and contestation.

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kristen Harrison (krishar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 001 Supreme Court News Coverage. (3 Credits).

Instructor(s): Anthony Collings (collings@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar focusses on problems in journalistic ethics at a time of growing concern over standards of news coverage, as exemplified most recently in the Lewinsky case. The course provides an historic overview of traditional journalistic ethics. Coupled with that is a detailed study of changing values in news coverage as media decision makers adapt to social, economic, and technological changes. The seminar highlights such problems as sensationalism, infotainment, anonymous sources, hidden cameras, punditry, the lowering of the wall of separation between the business and editorial sides of news organizations, invasions of privacy, and the personal behavior of journalists. The seminar studies journalists' responsibilities to their profession and to the public, and examines proposed solutions to the problems of ethics violations.

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Comm. 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 002 Race and News Coverage. (3 Credits)

Instructor(s): Melba Tolliver (melbatol@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A 90-minute seminar meeting twice a week. This course is designed around thoughtful reading, writing and discussion. It examines the ways that race is played in the U.S. broadcast and print news media. Students will look at various definitions of race, the overlap of class and race, the debate over race beats and other concerns that shape news coverage of what some have called "America's Rawest Nerve."

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Comm. 441. Independent Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. (3-4). (Excl). No more than four credits may be included in a Communication concentration. (INDEPENDENT). Comm. 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits.

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.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. (3-4). (Excl). No more than four credits may be included in a Communication concentration. (INDEPENDENT). Comm. Studies 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits.

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. 452. Media Law and Policy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Consuelo Campbell (consuelo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course covers the basic principles of media law and its applications in connection with media practice and regulation. Topics covered include: First Amendment theory; hate speech; prior restraints; libel; indecency; obscenity and pornography; media censorship; rights to privacy; freedom of information and public rights of access; advertising and consumer regulation; and electronic media regulation.

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Comm. 453(400). The Media in U.S. History.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Derek Vaillant (dvail@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~dvail/453.html

This course treats the social and cultural history of selected media forms and technologies in the United States from Colonial times to the present. It analyzes the impact of selected communications media (newspapers, letters, novels, film, radio, and television) on American society. The course examines communication theories of the "public sphere," the masses, and identity formation (ethnicity, gender, and race), and examines how the media have shaped and redefined the relationship of individuals with the State, with mass consumer society, and with another. While there are no specific prerequisites, a general grounding in United States history is recommended.

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Comm. 454(404). Media Economics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Consuelo Campbell (consuelo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines economic theory and its applications to media systems. It focuses on problems in the economics of the information industry, including market structure, concentration of ownership, pricing policies, and economic performance. Special attention is given to the interaction of economic conditions, media practices, and the development of media technologies. Topics will include the globalization of economic and media systems, media convergence, information as an economic good, and the domestication of information work.

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Comm. 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 001 Television and Political Socialization of Youth Under Totalitarianism And Democracy: A Case Study of Change In Eastern Europe. Meets With REES 405.003.

Instructor(s): Fraczek

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In 1989, the Eastern European communist empire came crashing down. The mass electronic media, under state supervision, had played an important role in totalitarian control and political socialization in these societies. However, with communism's end new roles and forms of control developed rapidly under democratic capitalism. This sudden change provides a unique opportunity for understanding the consequences of the different forms of control over the mass electronic media for political socialization.

In this seminar, using Poland as a case study, we examine the role of the mass electronic media in political socialization under communism, changes in concept of political socialization with the revolution of 1989, the new organization of the mass electronic media and its control by the state, and the response of youth to the changes in the mass electronic media.

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Comm. 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 002 Ethics Issues in the Media

Instructor(s): Anthony Collings (collings@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course focuses on problems in journalistic ethics at a time of growing concern over standards of news coverage, as exemplified most recently in the Lewinsky case. The course provides an historic overview of traditional journalistic ethics. Coupled with that is a detailed study of changing values in news coverage as media decision makers adapt to social, economic and technological changes. The course highlights such problems as sensationalism, infotainment, anonymous sources, hidden cameras, punditry, the lowering of the wall of separation between the business and editorial sides of news organizations, invasions of privacy, and the personal behavior of journalists. The course studies journalists' responsibilities to their profession and to the public, and examines proposed solutions to the problems of ethics violations.

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Comm. 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 001 News Language: Making Invisible, Non-American and Other

Instructor(s): Melba Tolliver (melbatol@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A 90-minute seminar meeting twice a week. In this course, students will research the language of print and broadcast news and analyze the use of hidden assumptions, mixed categories, verbal shorthand, invisible speakers and other language practices and patterns that stereotype, marginalize, categorize and create "the other" in news reporting. Students will inquire into questions such as does news language structure or reflect our reality? How is a sense of citizenship influenced by news language.

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Comm. 462. Social Influence and Persuasion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard Allen (yebo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. Students who have taken Communication 310 in a previous term should not enroll in this course. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the capability of the mass media to persuade, and the basic processes involved. Both cognitive and social-psychological theories of influence are examined in detail, and in connection with a variety of persuasive phenomena, including advertising, media campaigns, and propaganda. Conditions that facilitate or impede the persuasive influence of media messages are investigated, as are the ethical implications of employing the mass media to influence audiences.

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Comm. 463. Media Use and Reception.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Travis Dixon (tldixon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Presents theoretical models for conceptualizing audiences, mass media use, and reception of media messages. Topics covered include techniques for measuring audiences for print and broadcast media, measurement of media exposure and use, and analysis strategies compatible with various models and measurement perspectives.

This course also examines the psychological and social character of audience experience, through a critical analysis of research on the uses and gratifications of mass media, reception theory, and studies of audiences as interpretive communities.

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Comm. 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 001 Designing Persuasive Communications: Media and Consumer Culture. Meets with Marketing 407/Art and Design 407.

Instructor(s): Reece

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

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Comm. 471. Gender Issues in the Media.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan Douglas (sdoug@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines a variety of important connections between gender and mass communication, including the role of the media in shaping notions of gender in society. The course explores the representation of women in the mass media, and critically analyzes the historical roles of women as media images, producers, and audiences.

Feminist theories and their applications to the study of media are examined in detail. The male and female "image" in popular media is studied in its social and historical context, along with broader explorations of the social construction of masculinity and femininity and their relationships to class, race, and status in society.

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Comm. 474. Mass Communication and Identity.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicholas Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores the role of mass communication in shaping personal and social identity. Special attention is given to the ways in which the mass media can create, sustain, or alter ethnic culture and subcultures. Topics include the ethnic media in contemporary America, including the role of the media in immigrant communities, and the complex interplay of "mainstream" and minority cultural life.

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Comm. 481. Media and Violence.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Fraczek

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the theoretical and empirical connections between violence in society and portrayals of violence in the mass media. The course explores the reasons for the prevalence of violent themes in television, film, and other popular media, and investigates the psychological and social mechanisms through which media portrayals might influence attitudes and behavior.

Because one cannot fully understand the relation between violence and violence in society without first understanding the causes of aggressive and violent behavior, we will begin by examining the nature of aggressive and violent behavior and how it develops. In Part 2, we will discuss the role of the media as socializing agents in general. In Part 3, we will delve into the research and theory on the link between media violence and aggression. Finally, in Part 4, we will discuss societal and psychological approaches to controlling violence and the effects of media violence as well as issues of media policy.

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Comm. 484(420)/Poli. Sci. 420. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nick Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores enduring research questions concerning the interaction between the press, politicians, and the public. Journalistic performance, elite political strategy, and mass public opinion are all investigated in some depth. Important normative and conceptual issues (e.g., the role of the press in a democratic society; the susceptibility of citizens to media influence; the adequacy of campaign coverage; the influence of campaigns on political behavior) are identified and examined using research from various social science disciplines. Emphasis is given to recent research dealing with the impact of political communication on electoral behavior.

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Comm. 485(463)/Soc. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margaret Howard (meghow@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores enduring research questions concerning mass communication and public opinion. Important normative and conceptual issues (e.g., the role of the press in a democratic society; the susceptibility of citizens to media influence; the differentiation of mass, crowd, and public; the relationship of attitudes to opinions) are first identified and examined by reviewing writings in social philosophy and social science. These issues are then investigated further through a review of relevant research in sociology, political science, social psychology, and mass communication. Emphasis is given to recent research dealing with the impact of the media on public opinion.

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Comm. 489. Seminar in Media Effects.

Section 001 Topic to be determined

Instructor(s): James Brentar (brentar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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Comm. 492(591). Senior Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s): Kristen Harrison (krishar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 491. (3). (Excl). No more than three credits of Comm. Studies 491-492 may be included in a communication studies concentration plan. (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is the second in a two-part Honors seminar program and culminates in the composition of a senior Honors thesis. Students must have successfully completed Comm Studies 491. This course is offered only in winter term and meets only on occasion, based on a schedule to be arranged at the first class session. Students work directly with their thesis advisers, and are expected to meet regularly with them for direction and assistance.

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