Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (3). (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. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Mikula)

103. Media of Mass Communication. Not open to seniors. (4). (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 analyzes political, economic, social and moral factors confronting television, radio, movies, news, advertising, public relations, book publishing, magazines, music videos and sound recording. Three lectures or viewings per week plus one discussion section. Three short writing projects required with emphasis on critical analysis of media. Two exams. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Campbell)

202. Freedom of Expression. Comm. 103. (3). (SS).

This course focuses on First Amendment protection of speech and expression. There is study of US Supreme Court decisions and general principles of First Amendment law. Topics covered include civil rights protests, television and film censorship, book-banning, libel, advertising restrictions and free speech on university campuses. There are 3 exams of equal weight and students may obtain extra credit points. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Lowenstein, Buckley)

250. Information Gathering for the Mass Media. Comm. 103 and concentration in Communication; sophomore and junior only. (3). (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. Comm. 250 and sophomore standing. (3). (Excl).

Section 002 AND 004. 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]

Section 003. This course is an accelerated introduction to methods of gathering and writing news stories. It is intended for students who have some experience in journalism, particularly for members of student publications. It will cover materials and methods that reporters are expected to know for entry-level jobs in newsrooms. While some portion of the course will analyse and critique convention news practices, most of the work is intended to build skills in getting information about news events and understanding public affairs and in simple expository writing that typifies daily newspapers. There are no examinations; students will be evaluated on the quality of the news stories they find and write. Instruction will include lectures, labs and discussion. (Friendly)

302. Writing for Mass Media. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of concentration advisor.

Section 002. This course will focus on feature writing, and as such, will work to perfect newsgathering and writing skills, and will address questions of style, content, ethics, and accuracy. Writing assignments will include personality profiles, UM/Ann Arbor feature stories, news-based features, holiday stories, team features, movie/theatre reviews, and opinion pieces. Readings will be drawn from anthologies and current writing of established journalists. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Kubit)

Section 003. The course provides an integrated approach to mastering the basic concepts and techniques for feature writing for the mass media. It is anticipated students will offer their work to area media for publication. Multiple writing assignments will foster improved writing and test students' mastery of course material. It is anticipated students will write three papers of approximately five pages each, revised one or more times. In addition, students will write additional assignments on outlining, character development, and the analysis of other writing. Students will receive written criticism, as well as oral evaluation by the instructor. Students will also be expected to attend one or more readings by visiting writers, as well as participate in class discussion. Cost:1 WL:1 (Hall)

305/Linguistics 305. Political and Advertising Discourse. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Linguistics 305. (Heath)

310. Persuasive Communication. Comm. 103. (3). (Excl).

In this lecture course, we will investigate the ways in which people try to influence the attitudes and behavior of others. The topics covered should be of special interest to people who are concerned with public relations, labor-management problems, advertising directed toward social issues, and social action programs. There will be one final, a group project, and two individual projects. Student class participation will be counted toward the final grade. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Allen)

312. Communication and Contemporary Society. Comm. 103 and concentration in Communication. (3). (Excl).

The course will consist of a series of lectures by U of M and outside specialists on issues currently facing the mass media. The survey will cover radio, TV, film and print media from a number of legal, economic, historical and other viewpoints. There will be two required texts, two papers during the term and two exams, one midterm and one final. [Cost:3] [WL:4] (Schumacher)

400. The Media in American History. Comm. 103, 202, and upperclass standing. (3). (SS).

This lecture course places the development of American mass media in broader social, economic, and political perspectives. While there are no specific prerequisites, a general grounding in American history is recommended. Grades are based on one or two hourly exams which are a mix of short-answer and essay questions, plus a term paper and final comprehensive examination. Cost:2 WL:1 (Stevens)

401. Mass Communication Theory: Selected Topics. Comm. 103 and junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This lecture and discussion course will present a broad overview of the various theories of mass communication processes and effects on individuals and the social system. Mass communication effects on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals, as well as influences on the functioning and ideology of social systems will be covered. After an initial review of basic social scientific concepts and methods necessary for an understanding of the reading material, the course will move to the examination of theory and research efforts, proceeding, in general, from investigations of individual to societal-level processes. Critical reading and evaluation of social scientific theory and research is expected, and is developed. Grading will be based one midterm, a final, and a paper, in addition to occasional section assignments. Cost:2 WL:4 (Oshagan)

403. Ethics of Journalism. Comm. 103, 202, and junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This course will examine standards of performance and codes of conduct for journalists. Students will apply those standards and codes to real and hypothetical cases and situations faced by journalists in the gathering and reporting of the news. Class discussion will be emphasized. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Bishop)

404. Media and the Marketplace. Comm. 103, 202, and upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

This course examines the structure of the mass media marketplace by focusing on the web of economic relationships, market processes, and external constraints which direct the activities of suppliers, producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers of communication products. It explores why mass communication industries are organized as they are and how their structure affects the behavior of media markets. The newspaper, magazine, book publishing, radio, television, cable, and motion picture industries are studied in terms of: market structure, product differentiation, ownership patterns, financial controls, competitive behavior, demand-side and supply-side constraints, organizational adaptation, technology, and public policy. As an overview of contemporary issues involving the economic performance of mass media industries, this course investigates attributes of the media marketplace that influence the nature of the competitive process. (Buckley)

405. The Media and the Arts. Comm. 103 and upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

Section 001. With an emphasis on popular culture and print media, this course examines the role of popular arts as a creator of meaning and identity for audiences. Students learn interpretive and critical methods of looking at mass media products as artifacts or art forms. The course investigates cultural traditions as expressed through popular culture. The course considers feature films, the recording industry, the popular press, and performing arts. Six critical papers are assigned. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Rosoff)

406. Mass Communication Research. Comm. 401 and upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

An introduction to the logic and techniques of social scientific research in mass communication. The course will address (a) methods of framing media research questions, and (b) techniques for gathering and interpreting empirical observations in an effort to answer these questions. It aims at enabling students to evaluate critically the validity of research findings and conclusions. In completing the course, students should also acquire an adequate background in communication research methodology to pursue their own ideas, if they choose, from initial conceptualization of the research question to final conclusions. Text: Babbie, E., THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH, 4th edition, Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth, 1986, plus course pack. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Price)

409. The Michigan Journalist. Comm. 290 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The Michigan Journalist course introduces students to the subject editing the news. It coves the theory and practice of news-, story-, and copy-editing for daily and weekly newspapers. Students will learn the basics of assignment, supervision and editing for news value, sense, style, grammar, spelling, syntax and factual accuracy. Course covers newsroom structures and decisions about coverage and display. Guest editors will discuss organization, management and ethics in news. Students must have completed Comm. 290 or have equivalent news reporting/writing experience. Word-processing on computers required. Grading based on in-class work, homework and midterm and final examination. Instructional methods are lectures, discussions and laboratory work, including using desk-top publishing to produce an issue of THE MICHIGAN JOURNALIST. Cost:2 WL:3 (Friendly)

417. Analyzing Television. Comm. 103 and junior standing. (3). (HU).

The daytime soap opera, the evening newscast, the prime-time situation comedy, and the late night talk show all of the familiar programs of popular American television are meaningful cultural documents that speak to the shifting values and the ongoing contradictions of modern life. This course challenges students to explore new ways of thinking about the social, moral, political, artistic, and economic implications of the television experience. Key topics addressed in the course include: narrative theory; authorship and readership; the representation of race and gender; stardom; genre theory; intertextuality. Students should expect to encounter several short writing assignments, as well as at least two exams (a midterm and a final). Cost:3 WL:1 (Reeves)

420/Pol. Sci. 420. Politics and the Mass Media. Pol. Sci. 111, 300, 410, or 411. (4). (Excl).

See Political Science 420. (Semetko)

423. Film Practicum for the Writer. Engl. 412 and permission of the instructor. (3). (Excl).

This class is a writing practicum where the student will learn the role of the writer in the greater process of the production of media. The student will also learn a variety of approaches to writing and a variety of approaches to film/video production, from traditional dramatic narrative to more experimental treatments. The common component in all cases, however, will be the development of a script before shooting begins. By developing an understanding of the way films are shot and the way the other creative people involved approach one's written material, this course will enrich the students visual vocabulary, improve dramatic writing skills, and increase their awareness of the collaborative process of film/video. In addition the student will develop a broader perspective of the possibilities of film/video making and will be encouraged to take bold creative steps themselves. The class will be structured such that every student will write a number of exercises, which someone else will direct, the writer, in turn, will direct another's writing, and so on. Every students will write and direct a number of short exercises in addition to a short, finished tape (5-7 min.) The exercises will include a monologue, two-person interaction scene, silent action sequence, voice over commercial spot, one-shot, documentary/essay etc. The final project will be a short narrative which will have been developed over the course of the term. (K. & M. Hurbis-Cherrier)

425. Introduction to Radio and Television Directing. Comm. 421. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to give students continued experience in planning, writing, producing, directing and performing in radio and television productions, and to provide further insight into the concepts and issues of electronic media production. Productions will be both in-studio and on-location. Evaluation will be based primarily on production exercises, short papers and exams. Instruction will consist of lectures, laboratory exercises, guest speakers, and in-class analysis and critique of student and professional-broadcast programming. Students must have completed Communication 421. All television labs are held at the Stasheff Studio; students should allow for travel time. [Cost:2] [WL:Students MUST be present at the first lecture AND lab session to maintain space in the course. Missing the first class meeting without prior notification of instructor will result in loss of place in the class.] (Sarris, Young)

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

Section 001. Students will write several non-dramatic scripts of radio and television program material. The weekly writing assignments include commercials, editorials, commentaries, documentaries, promotions, and public service announcements. Students must creatively write their scripts in the proper television or radio format, and the scripts must read for a precise amount of time. Good writing skills are essential for success in the course. The course will consist of lectures, peer evaluation of written work, in-class writing exercises, and analysis of professional scripts that are on audio or video tape. Attendance at every class is mandatory and students must participate in class discussions. A final exam will be given, with materials originating from the text or class lectures. Cost:1 WL:1 (Mikula)

Section 002. This course is for students who are interested in learning how to write and evaluate nonfiction scripts for radio and television. The writing assignments include: radio and television commercials, public service announcements, editorials, comedy scripts, documentaries and entertainment reviews.

428. Writing Drama for Film and Television. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

WRITING DRAMA FOR FILM AND TELEVISION. This course is a workshop in writing dramatic narrative scripts for feature length films or made for TV movies. The objectives of this class are to teach skills for the development of dramatic concepts (structure, character, dialogue, etc.), to provide a better critical understanding of the devices used by screenwriters and filmmakers, to encourage an appreciation for the writer's role in filmmaking (both possibilities and limitations), and finally to teach the standard format of the screenplay. This class requires the completion of a feature length screenplay, analysis of several scripts, group critiques of work, and various other writing assignments. Cost:1 WL:1 (Hurbis-Cherrier)

462/Soc. 462. Cultural Theories of Communication. Comm. 103, Soc. 100, or Anthro. 101. (3). (Excl).

This is a Collegiate Fellows course; see page 3 for a complete list of Collegiate Fellows courses and the Time Schedule for details of time and place.

In this course we will look at the ways in which "culture" has been an object of sociological inquiry. We will first consider competing definitions of the term culture in the social sciences, and the competing approaches to its study. We will then consider several major themes in, and competing definitions of, the study of American culture. We will conclude with a discussion of subcultures within American culture, evaluating whether resistance to the dominant culture is possible in modern societies. Course requirements include a long research paper in which students will be asked to investigate a subculture within American society, as well as an in-class midterm and a take-home, essay, final examination. Students will often be asked to participate in class, and will be asked to talk about their research project to the class. (Press)

500. Seminar. Open to senior concentrators. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Section 001 JAZZ AS A MEDIUM. This seminar will look at the world of jazz through various approaches: historic, economic, and critical. Focus will be more on the history and impact than on the music itself but there will be extensive use of recordings and some live demonstrations. Students will present regular reading and listening reports and prepare one research paper. There will be midterm and final examinations. Cost:2 WL:4 (Brooks)

Section 002 JOURNALIST IN FILM. This seminar will examine the way the newspaper reporter and editor have been depicted in Hollywood films, from the silents to the present. Knowledge of film history helpful but not essential. Students will report on readings and film viewings. Eight to ten films will be viewed in class. One text. Grades will be based on discussions, reports and a term paper. Cost:1 WL:1 (Stevens)

Section 004 VIDEO ART HISTORY/CRITICISM. This course is an introduction to and exploration of the emergence and ongoing development of video art the form and the critical discourses which it has spawned. The first component of this class is an historical survey to video art from its inception in the 1960's to the present. We will also examine the various approaches to alternative video such as image processing, "new documentary," performance, personal, political, etc. The emphasis will be on watching tapes and discussing the historical context, aesthetic characteristics, political implications as well as the means of production. There will be at least two visits from working video artists. The second component of this course will involve reading theoretical/critical texts on video. Students will be encouraged to participate in the new discourse which has developed for this new medium/art form. Video art is currently defining itself as separate from the other avant-garde media (i.e., avant-garde film) and therefore the old methods of classification (experimental, narrative or documentary) and analysis do not apply. An entirely new vocabulary is developing for the discussion of this new art form. This class will become acquainted with the writings of the pioneers of this new criticism. The writings will come from the artists themselves as well as writers whose work examines post-modern aesthetics. However, the students will also be required to become a part of this discourse as they will confront issues of description and analysis for the vast amount of images being produced. (K. & M. Hurbis-Cherrier)

502. Marsh Professor Mini-Course. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Section 001 JOURNALISM AS LITERATURE. A hands-on seminar, designed to teach students the craft of journalistic writing as story-telling that can capture for readers the characters, drama, emotions and occasionally the underlying meaning of events in ways that straight news writing often fails to do. Instructor wants students to "put readers at the scene of the fire, to make them smell the smoke and feel the heat." There will be writing assignments, critical editing and comments, and some opportunity for one-on-one encounters with the instructor. Visiting Professor Bruce DeSilva, Associate Editor/Writing, THE HARTFORD COURANT.

521. History of the Motion Picture. Upperclass standing. (3). (HU).

History of the Motion Picture, examines international film styles as presented through 12 feature-length motion pictures. Although each film is the product of a different country (France, Japan, England, Germany, Sweden, etc.), the consistent theme of domestic relationships (male/female, male/male, female/female) allows a valuable examination of the history of international film styles. A comparison, for example, of SHOOT THE MOON (US) and SMASH PALACE (New Zealand), films about the male reaction to divorce, reveal very telling differences about Hollywood approaches and approaches to the same subject. Student evaluations by diary entries, short papers, scene analyses. Lecture, discussion. No previous film background necessary. Cost:2 WL:1 (Beaver)

528. Advanced Television Writing. Comm. 428 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed expressly for students who are seriously considering a writing career in television's storytelling industry. Assignments include: adapting a story to the small screen; collaborating with other students on scripting an episode of an existing series; writing a pilot for an original series or writing the first draft of an original movie made for television. Although some lecture material will be presented during the first part of the term, most class meetings will be devoted to discussion sessions and story conferences. Cost:3 WL:1 (Reeves)

553. Media Economics. Comm. 404 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Detailed examination of the economics of the media, including technology, market strategy and industry trends, buying and selling, management and product development. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Nielsen)

557. Media Law. Comm. 530 or 531, and 600; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Section 001.A case method study of the First Amendment and other legal principles related to the rights and responsibilities of the mass media with emphasis on news gathering, libel, privacy, and obscenity. Students will read approximately 120 appellate court decisions (contained in a course pack) and must be prepared to discuss and analyze these decisions in class. Because the course materials and the application of the legal principles developed are cumulative, the evaluation of students is based primarily on the midterm and final examinations. [Cost:2] [WL:2] (Murray)

Section 002. This course focuses on First Amendment protection of speech and expression. There is study of US Supreme Court decisions and general principles of First Amendment law. Topics covered include civil rights protests, television and film censorship, book-banning, libel, advertising restrictions and free speech on university campuses. There are 3 exams of equal weight and students may obtain extra credit points. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Lowenstein, Buckley)

558. The Ethnic Press. (3). (Excl).

Section 001 MINORITY ISSUES IN THE MEDIA. This Ethnic Press course deals with minority issues in the media and specifically addresses from a historical and contemporary perspective, the role of the ethnic media regarding coverage, objectivity, balance, accuracy, and focus as compared to the treatment of the same issues in the traditional media. Cost:4 WL:1,3 (Moseley)

559. Foreign Correspondence. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The seminar compares news organizations on a cross-cultural basis by monitoring how publications and broadcast organizations cover the same news event. Students select organizations from around the world, research them, and report to the class. Reading knowledge of a foreign language is preferred. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Eisendrath)


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