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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



COMM 101. The Mass Media.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: First- and second-year students only; others with permission of instructor. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/comm/101/001.nsf

This course provides 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. This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

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COMM 102. Media Processes and Effects.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Brad J Bushman (bbushman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: First- and second-year students only; others with permission of instructor. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/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. This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

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COMM 111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: First- and second-year students only; others with permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/comm/111/001.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, data base searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility. This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

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COMM 211. Evaluating Information.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 or 102 with a grade of at least C- (Prerequisites enforced at registration). Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/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 reporting in the mass media (e.g., health and business news, public opinion polls), research on media effects (e.g. the impact of media violence), and audience research reported in the mass 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. COMM 111 strongly recommended. This course is one of four prerequisites required for students to have completed before declaring a Communication Studies concentration.

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COMM 311. Mass Communication Research.

Section 001.

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

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/2004/winter/comm/311/001.nsf

A guided introduction to mass communication research process. The course addresses (a) methods of framing media research questions, (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 on research by 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 to 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. (1-3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. May not be used to satisfy communication studies electives in a communication studies concentration plan. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The internship is designed to provide Communication Studies concentrators limited credit for appropriate practical work experience. Student assessment is based on the academic merit of the work performed, evaluation of the final paper, satisfactory completion of the internship, and written recommendation of the internship sponsor. Registration is by permission of instructor only. The COMM 321 proposal application form is available in the Department office or online and must be submitted to the faculty internship coordinator by the specified deadline.

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COMM 351. Structure and Function of Media Systems.

Section 002-009 ONLY satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 and 102 with a grade of at least C- (Prerequisites enforced at registration). (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/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. May not be repeated for credit.

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COMM 361. Processes of Mediated Communication.

Section 002 ONLY satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 and 102 with a grade of at least C- (Prerequisites enforced at registration). (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

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 gate-keeping; 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). May not be repeated for credit.

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COMM 371. Media, Culture, and Society.

Section 002 ONLY satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 and 102 with a grade of at least C- (Prerequisites enforced at registration). (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/comm/371/001.nsf

This course explores social and cultural approaches to the study of mass communication. Course topics studied may include: communication and social identity, including race, ethnicity and gender; media's role in defining and reflecting culture; the equity of community, state, and worldwide information systems, including debates over the "new world communication order," post-colonialism, and globalization; media audiences as interpretive 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. May not be repeated for credit.

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

Section 002-009 ONLY satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 101 and 102 with a grade of at least C- (Prerequisites enforced at registration). (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/comm/381/001.nsf

This course critically evaluates research and scholarship focused on the impact of mass communication in a variety of substantive domains including the impact of media on knowledge, social values, and behavior. Policy applications of media effects research and the use of mass communication in public information campaigns are also reviewed. 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; and public opinion. 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. May not be repeated for credit.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 001 — Supreme Court News Coverage. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with 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.

Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See COMM 439.002.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 002 — Supreme Court News Coverage. Meets with 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.

Theme Semester

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. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 003 — Media & Ethno-Religious Conflict. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with 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 COMM 439.004.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 004 — Media & Ethno-Religious Conflict. Meets with 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. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 005 — Terrorism, Islam & the News Media. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with COMM 439.006.

Instructor(s): Lawrence E Pintak (lpintak@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 COMM 439.006.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 006 — Terrorism, Islam & the News Media. Meets with COMM 439.005.

Instructor(s): Lawrence E Pintak (lpintak@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

"You're either with us or against us," President Bush declared when he launched his war on terror. That line in the sand has been reflected in a war of words between the West and much of the Islamic world. To what extent has the media in the U.S. and Islamic world driven the confrontation? How have governments and terror leaders used (and abused) the media? In what ways has coverage differed in various parts of the world? What has been the impact of the rise of satellite television and New Media in the Islamic world? Why do "they" hate us and why have U.S. "public diplomacy" efforts been a dismal failure? These and other questions will be explored through discussions, readings and an examination of recent reporting from around the globe (with extensive use of recent and real-time TV, radio and print coverage in class). The course will provide students with a baseline understanding of Islam, U.S. policy toward the Muslim world, and the psychology of terrorism. We will examine the distinctions between Islam as a religion and Islam as a political force, between Muslim believers and Muslim fundamentalists, and between the varied societies of the Muslim world, from Morocco to Malaysia. We will examine in depth how the Iraq war has shaped Muslims perceptions both in that country and across the Islamic world, and we will look at the rise of political Islam as part of the democratic process in the 2004 Indonesian presidential election. All of that will provide the foundation for a critical analysis of the role of the media in defining the relationship between Islam and the West. Texts are expected to include the professor's new book, Seeds of Hate: How America's Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad, a firsthand account of the birth of Islamic terror and its spread from Beirut to Bali; Inside Islam (Miller/Kennedi); The Media and the War on Terrorism (Hess/Kalb); and Unholy War (Esposito). The Course Pack will draw on the work of Rand Corp. terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman, Muslim media critics Edward Said and Karim Karim, and others. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 007 — Engaged Journalism: Conscience, Compassion & Conflict. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with COMM 439.008.

Instructor(s): Lawrence E Pintak (lpintak@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 COMM 439.008.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 008 — Engaged Journalism: Conscience, Compassion & Conflict. Meets with COMM 439.007.

Instructor(s): Lawrence E Pintak (lpintak@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Some of the greatest examples of reporting emerge from conflict and suffering. Often, the words and images that move nations are the product of the journalist's own anger, pain or despair. This course will examine the impact when reporters take side — on society, on the coverage and on the reporters themselves. We will explore how journalists use words and pictures to effect change and examine the question of where is the line between reportage, analysis, informed opinion, and activism. Central to the class will be the core debate in international journalism today: Should reporters maintain a policy of strict objectivity or should they seek to influence policy and/or bring about social change? Examples studied will range from Hemingway in Spain and Cronkite in Vietnam to reporters in Iraq today. They will include some of the great war reporting in newspapers, television, photojournalism and non-fiction literature. The primary text will be The Global Journalist: News and Conscience in a World of Conflict by Philip Seib, supplemented by a Course Pack and recent news articles posted on CourseTools. This course was taught as "Advocacy Journalism" in Fall 2003.

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COMM 441. Independent Reading.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with a Communication Studies faculty member and approved by the Department. A maximum of 3 credits from COMM 441 or 442 may apply to the concentration requirements (additional credit may be applied to the general bachelor's degree requirements). COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined maximum of 8 credits. An application form is available in the Department or online.

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COMM 442. Independent Research.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. It is a course of study designed for original, individualized student research under the direction of faculty supervisor. Must be arranged with a Communication Studies faculty member and approved by the Department. A maximum of 3 credits from COMM 441 or 442 may apply to the concentration requirements (additional credit may be applied to the general bachelor's degree requirements). An application form is available in the Department or online.

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COMM 453. The Media in U.S. History.

Section 001 — Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with COMM 453.002.

Instructor(s): Derek W Vaillant (dvail@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/2004/winter/comm/453/001.nsf

See COMM 453.002.

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COMM 453. The Media in U.S. History.

Section 002 — Meets with COMM 453.001.

Instructor(s): Derek W Vaillant (dvail@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/2004/winter/comm/453/001.nsf

This course places the development of American mass media in historical perspective. It surveys the evolution of the mass media from colonial times to the present, focusing on the development of contemporary forms: the newspaper, magazine, broadcasting, and motion picture. Changes in the structure of the media are examined in connection with historical and economic trends in American society. While there are no specific prerequisites, a general grounding in American history is recommended.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 001 — Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with COMM 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/2004/winter/comm/454/001.nsf

See COMM 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/2004/winter/comm/454/001.nsf

This course examines economic theory and its applications to media systems. Focuses on problems in the economics of the information industry, including market structure, concentration of ownership, pricing policies, product differentiation, advertising behavior, and economic performance. Attention given to the interaction of economics, media practices, and technologies.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 001 — Ethics Issues in Journalism. Reserved for Communications Concentrators. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 458.002.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 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: No homepage submitted.

See COMM 458.002.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 002 — Ethics Issues in Journalism. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 458.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 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: 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 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 003 — Communication Media in the Black World: Electronic Media — Broadcasting, African Americans, and Civil Rights. [3 credits]. Meets with CAAS 487.001.

Instructor(s): Catherine R Squires (squiresc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Theme Semester

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See CAAS 487.001.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 006 — Understanding New Media. Reserved for Communications Concentrators. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 458.007.

Instructor(s): John Richardson (johnri@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 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: No homepage submitted.

See COMM 458.006.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 007 — Understanding New Media. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 458.006

Instructor(s): John Richardson (johnri@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 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: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the nature and effects of the Internet and other new media. An interdisciplinary approach drawing insights from communication, psychology, sociology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science will be used to analyze immaterial technologies imbedded within new media. Topics covered will include applications such as hypertext, online communities, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, distance learning, and computer gaming.

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COMM 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 001 — Foreign News Coverage. Communication Studies Concentrators only. Meets with 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 COMM 459.002.

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COMM 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 002 — Foreign News Coverage. Meets with 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 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 001 — Persuasive Mass Communication. Senior Communication Studies Concentrators Only. [3 credits]. Meets with ARTDES 407.001 & MKT 407.001.

Instructor(s): Douglas H Hesseltine (hesselti@umich.edu), Tom Fediuk (fediukt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 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: 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. Some topical sections may carry additional prerequisites.

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COMM 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 002 — Persuasion Theory. Communication Studies concentrators only. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 468.003

Instructor(s): William P Jennings (wpjennin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 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/2004/winter/comm/468/002.nsf

See COMM 468.003.

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COMM 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 003 — Persuasion Theory. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 468.002

Instructor(s): William P Jennings (wpjennin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 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/2004/winter/comm/468/002.nsf

This course examines the theory and practice of human influence. Although it is not a class that deliberately seeks to teach you a specific set of skills, you will undoubtedly become more aware of how persuasion operates and what makes it effective or ineffective. This course orients you as a user and consumer of persuasion. In this sense, it promotes the notion of "persuasive awareness" because (1) there is a great amount of persuasion all around us that is rarely noticed and (2) there are procedures you can take to make good choices when others solicit you. During class, we will look at a variety of persuasive messages. We will examine public persuasion — the kind you see on television, and on the radio, but we will also consider how persuasion operates powerfully in our private lives. Some topical sections may carry additional prerequisites.

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COMM 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 004 — International Telecommunication. Communication Studies Concentrators only. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 468.005.

Instructor(s): Harmeet Sawhney

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 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: No homepage submitted.

See COMM 468.005.

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COMM 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 005 — International Telecommunication. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 468.004.

Instructor(s): Harmeet Sawhney

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 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: No homepage submitted.

In this course we will explore how international telecommunications networks have helped tie once relatively isolated countries into an integrated world system and examine the role of telecommunications in its operation. We will then discuss how different countries have positioned themselves within this world system. The discussions will cover questions such as: Why do countries feel compelled to invest in their telecommunications infrastructure? How do they go about creating this infrastructure? What are the implications of the current technological trends? After gaining an understanding of the basic dynamics of international telecommunications, we will explore the implications of these long-term trends for First, Second, and Third World countries. We will end our deliberations by making projections about the future of our increasingly interdependent world. COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. Some topical sections may carry additional prerequisites. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

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COMM 471. Gender Issues in the Media.

Section 001 — Communication Studies Concentrators only. Meets with COMM 471.002.

Instructor(s): Susan J Douglas (sdoug@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/2004/winter/comm/471/001.nsf

See COMM 471.002.

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COMM 471. Gender Issues in the Media.

Section 002 — Meets with COMM 471.001.

Instructor(s): Susan J Douglas (sdoug@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/2004/winter/comm/471/001.nsf

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 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 478. Special Topics in Media and Culture.

Section 001 — Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television. [3 credits]. Meets with FILMVID 365.001.

Instructor(s): Megan Sutherland

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3-4). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

R&E

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See FILMVID 365.001.

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COMM 478. Special Topics in Media and Culture.

Section 006 — Cultural History of Radio. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 478.007.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 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/2004/winter/comm/478/006.nsf

See COMM 478.007.

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COMM 478. Special Topics in Media and Culture.

Section 007 — Cultural History of Radio. [3 credits]. Meets with COMM 478.006.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 351 or 371 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/2004/winter/comm/478/006.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. Some topical sections may carry additional prerequisites.

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COMM 479. Seminar in Media and Culture.

Section 001 — Video Games: Content, Industry, and Policy. Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets with COMM 479.002.

Instructor(s): Dmitri Williams (dcwillia@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 COMM 479.002.

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COMM 479. Seminar in Media and Culture.

Section 002 — Video Games: Content, Industry, and Policy. Meets with COMM 479.001.

Instructor(s): Dmitri Williams (dcwillia@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.

Video games are an increasingly important medium in terms of national use, cultural impact, and profitability. With over $8 billion in sales last year (more than motion pictures) and a rapidly growing base of mainstream users, games are a medium that needs to be examined. However, this industry, its history and the cultural practices it engenders have been seriously neglected in comparison to television and other media.

The course has been designed as a broad introduction to the medium and history of video games. It draws from a wide variety of disciplines to examine video games as aesthetic products, cultural products, economic outputs, as a policy issue, as possible sources of effects and sites of community. Such a varying set of issues requires a highly interdisciplinary approach. As a result, the course will draw upon the fundamentals of business and economics, sociology, social psychology, history, policy analysis, cultural studies, and even some computer science.

Students need not have prior experience in these areas but must demonstrate a willingness to learn several approaches. Students should also be aware that the interdisciplinary nature of the course will make it more challenging than most, but will in turn offer more to the student over the course of the academic term. Students expecting an easy course consisting of playing and talking about games will be disappointed.

Sessions will consist of both lecture and discussion, with occasional guest speakers. Because a large part of the class will focus on discussion, informed class participation is a crucial part of each student's grade.

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COMM 482. Children and the Media.

Section 001 — Communication Studies Concentrators only. Meets with 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/2004/winter/comm/482/001.nsf

See COMM 482.002.

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COMM 482. Children and the Media.

Section 002 — Meets with COMM 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/2004/winter/comm/482/001.nsf

This course is designed to examine the impact of media on children and their families. Examines influences of the mass media on children in society. The course is designed to explore in-depth the literature on media effects, emphasizing the interaction of mass media, psychological development, and social behavior. Course readings examine both methodological and theoretical issues, drawing from work in communication, psychology, and policy studies.

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William P 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/2004/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 492. Senior Honors Thesis.

Communication Studies Honors students only.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Permission of instructor required. 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 academic 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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