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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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COMM 101. The Mass Media.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathleen M Battles

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/101/001.nsf

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): Nicholas A Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/102/001.nsf

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.

Text: Harris, R.J. (1999). A Cognitive Psychology of Mass Communication Third Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah: NJ. Available from the Michigan Union Bookstore, Michigan Book and Supply, and Ulrich's Bookstore. Also on reserve on the second floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

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COMM 111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/111/001.nsf

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 211. Evaluating Information.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 111. (4). (SS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/211/001.nsf

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.

Two textbooks have been ordered for the course:.

  • Katzer, J, Cook, K. H., & Crouch, W. (1997). Evaluating Information: A Guide for Users of Social Science Research, 4th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Lavrakas, P. and M. W. Traugott. (1999). The Voter's Guide to Election Polls, 2nd edition. Chatham NJ: Chatham House.

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COMM 311. Mass Communication Research.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 211. (3). (SS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/311/001.nsf

This course is a guided introduction to mass communication research processes. The course will address: methods of framing media research; techniques for gathering empirical data in an effort to answer these questions; and 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. 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.

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.

Sections 002 ONLY satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/351/001.nsf

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.

Sections 002 ONLY satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.

Instructor(s): Nojin Kwak (kwak@umich.edu)

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/361/001.nsf

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.

Sections 002 ONLY satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/371/001.nsf

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.

Required Texts: (available for purchase at Shaman Drum. The texts are also available on reserve):

  • Douglas, Susan, Where the Girls Are
  • Frank, Thomas., The Conquest of Cool
  • Kasson, John F., Amusing the Million
  • Roeder, George., The Censored War
  • Rosen, Jeffrey, The Unwanted Gaze

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

Sections 002 ONLY satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.

Instructor(s): Nancy A Jennings

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/381/001.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 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 001 SUPREME COURT NEWS COVERAGE. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ Comm 439.002.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 439.002.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 002 SUPREME COURT NEWS COVERAGE. Meets w/ Comm 439.001.

Instructor(s): Anthony C Collings (collings@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 seminar evaluates media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, in the context of long-range factors affecting the ability of news media to function in a democracy. This seminar will examine the scope and content of print, broadcast, and new-media news reporting on major cases before the court. How accurately, fairly, and adequately do news organizations cover the cases as they proceed through the legal system? Does the media help the American public gain a sufficiently thorough understanding of the complex legal issues and social impact of each case? In addition to gaining a broad overview of media coverage of current and recent cases, each student will select one case from the current or past court term and study media coverage of it in detail.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 003 Media & Ethno-Religious Conflict. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ Comm. 439.004.

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.

See Communication Studies 439.004.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 004 Media & Ethno-Religious Conflict. Meets w/ Comm. 439.003.

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. Alongside, 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.

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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COMM 452. Media Law and Policy.

Section 001 Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with Communication Studies 452.002.

Instructor(s): Russ W. Neuman (rneuman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 452.002.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 001 Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ 454.002.

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/454/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 454.002.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 002 Meets with Comm. 454.001

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/454/001.nsf

This course introduces students to a range of economic principles and concepts used in explaining the market structure, behavior, and performance of mass media industries.

The course is organized around a selective list of media industries - newspaper, film and home video, broadcast television, cable television, and the Internet. Within each industry, we study relevant economic models and examine how consumer demand, technology, and government policies interact to affect market structure and industry behavior. Finally, we will discuss the economic, technological, and political forces changing the industry.

After completing this course, students will become acquainted with the various economic models applicable to the media industries. In addition, students will be able to apply basic economic concepts and analytical tools to explain media industry behaviors, evaluate business strategies of media firms, and assess the merits of public policies toward the media industries.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 001 History of the African American Press. Meets with Afroamerican and African Studies 486.001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course gives students in-depth knowledge of the history of the African American press from the antebellum era to the present. Through readings, discussions, and short papers, students will investigate relationships between the Black press, Black political ideas and social movements, and mainstream news coverage of African Americans.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 002 ETHICS ISSUES IN JOURNALISM. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ Comm 458.003.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 458.003.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 003 ETHICS ISSUES IN JOURNALISM. Meets w/ Comm 458.002.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

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 Foreign News Coverage. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ Comm. 459.002.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 459.002.

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COMM 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 002 Foreign News Coverage. Meets w/ Comm 459.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course investigates coverage of foreign news as a reflection of the structure and function of media systems. What factors influence media decisions on covering events overseas? What criteria do the media use for deciding which events to report and at what length, and how valid are these criteria? What value systems do they reflect? How successfully do the media make foreign news relevant to American readers, listeners, and viewers? What special problems do foreign correspondents face?

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COMM 463. Media Use and Reception.

Section 001 Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with Comm 463.002.

Instructor(s): Silvia Knobloch

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/463/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 463.002.

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COMM 463. Media Use and Reception.

Section 002 Meets with Communication Studies 463.001.

Instructor(s): Silvia Knobloch

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/463/001.nsf

This course 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. 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. COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended.

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COMM 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 001 Designing Persuasive Communication. Meets with Art 407, Marketing 407.

Instructor(s): Hesseltine

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Part of a sponsored project on persuasive communication, this interdisciplinary seminar investigates the changes in business, technology, and design that are reshaping the words and images, the form and content of persuasive mass communication. Its aim is to provide students with skills critical to an understanding of both the business and techniques of persuasion. This seminar examines how media content producers design and pitch messages. It challenges participants to use critical methods to evaluate media products and to examine current cultural and economic transformations. It investigates emerging strategies for reaching global and regional audiences, discusses the impact of new technologies and media convergence, and examines the social and ethical issues that underlie persuasive strategies.

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COMM 478. Special Topics in Media and Culture.

Section 001 Cultural History of Radio. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ Comm 478.002.

Instructor(s): Kathleen M Battles

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/478/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 478.002.

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COMM 478. Special Topics in Media and Culture.

Section 002 Cultural History of Radio. Meets w/ Comm 478.001.

Instructor(s): Kathleen M Battles (kbattles@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/478/001.nsf

It is the goal of this course to develop a critical cultural perspective on the history of radio, examining radio programming and its connections to the broader culture. The course begins with an exploration of the beginnings of popular radio in the 1920s and ends with a discussion of its current state. Considerable time is spent considering radio's "golden age" during the 1930s and 40s when it was the dominant popular culture medium. Course readings focus on secondary, scholarly books and articles, but will occasionally include primary texts. In addition, students will be required to complete weekly reading responses, a short analysis essay, and a final research project.

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COMM 481. Media and Violence.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lucyna Kirwil (kirwil@umich.edu)

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/winter/comm/481/001.nsf

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 in the media 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, and we will discuss the role of the media as socializing agents in general. Then we will delve into the research and theory on the link between media violence and aggression. Finally, we will discuss societal and psychological approaches to controlling violence and the effects of media violence as well as issues of media policy.

Required text: Berkowitz, L. (1993). Aggression: Its Causes, Consequences and Control. New York: McGraw-Hill. A coursepack will also be required.

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COMM 482. Children and the Media.

Section 001 Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ Comm 482.002.

Instructor(s): Nancy A Jennings (najenn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/482/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 482.002.

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COMM 482. Children and the Media.

Section 002 Meets w/ 482.001.

Instructor(s): Nancy A Jennings (najenn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/482/001.nsf

This course is designed to examine the impact of media on children and their families. We will explore how children use different media, in what context and what effect different media messages and platforms have on children. We will also examine the creation, development, and growth of Sesame Street over the past 30 years.

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COMM 484 / POLSCI 325. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bill Jennings (wpjennin@umich.edu)

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/winter/comm/484/001.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 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 001 Propaganda. Communication Studies concentrators only. [3 Credits]. Meets w/ Comm 488.002.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 381 strongly recommended. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/488/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 488.002.

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COMM 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 002 Propaganda. [3 Credits]. Meets w/ Comm 488.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 381 strongly recommended. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/488/001.nsf

This course examines propaganda from the perspective of different academic disciplines, with a major emphasis placed on work from the broad field of communication. Although the subject of propaganda is vast and the literature is extensive, our approach entails a systematic survey of its history and an investigation of its contemporary significance. With the appearance of a wide variety of new communications technologies and the ever-present promise of additional channels for disseminating information, the opportunities for heightened propaganda activities become more pronounced. Many scholars have noted this fact and various predictions have been made concerning its societal impact. We will evaluate these predictions and also offer our own. The goal of the course is to provide a challenge to the participants to become involved in the intriguing world of propaganda. The hope is that it would stimulate further research and discussion.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

COMM 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 003 Principles of Strategic Communication and Research. [4 Credits].

Instructor(s): Nojin Kwak (kwak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 381 strongly recommended. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/488/003.nsf

This course will introduce core concepts in strategic communication, which have been developed in various persuasive communication settings, including political campaigns, advertising, and public relations. Furthermore, students will learn key research methods and interpretation of data utilized in these settings. Students will have some first-hand experiences in the research process, including sampling, telephone interviewing, and data analysis.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1, 5: enrollment restriced to Communication Studies concentrators.

COMM 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 007 Communication Processes and Technologies. [4 credits].

Instructor(s): Silvia Knobloch

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 381 strongly recommended. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/488/007.nsf

A survey of the present state and future applications of interactive communication technologies, cable and satellite delivery systems, worldwide computing networks, and other new electronic media.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

COMM 492. Senior Honors Thesis.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 491. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). No more than three credits of COMM 491-492 may be included in a communication studies concentration plan. (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

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