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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies

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COMM 101. The Mass Media.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~squiresc/newone.html

This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of contemporary mass media systems and an examination of the various factors historical, economic, political, and cultural that have shaped their development. The course begins with a description of present print and electronic media and examines their evolution. Attention is given throughout to the legal and ethical implications of mass communication systems and to comparisons between American media systems and those elsewhere in the world. Finally, it considers the probable future course of the media and examines possible alternatives.

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COMM 102. Media Processes and Effects.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/lsa/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.

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COMM 111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment.

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the rapidly developing and expanding electronic information environment. Skills developed include the use of electronic communication systems, database searching, word processing, data management, and various research uses of public computer networks and the information superhighway. The course introduces students to a range of campus computing resources, including local area networks and available software, and remote access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Problem-solving assignments are designed to teach strategies used in finding information and evaluating its validity and utility.

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COMM 159. First-Year Seminar in Communication Studies.

Section 001 Introduction to Journalistic Performance

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

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

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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COMM 211. Evaluating Information.

Section 001.

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

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

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~cs211/

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

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

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COMM 311. Mass Communication Research.

Section 001.

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

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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COMM 351. Structure and Function of Media Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Zhongdang Pan (zdpan@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines research and scholarship focused on existing media institutions, their genesis and current lines of development, institutional arrangements, organization and operation, economic structure, and characteristic communications "output." Course topics may include: the history of media systems; media and government, including legal, regulatory, and free-expression issues; media economics; international media systems; technologies; media organizational routines; and the values and behavior of media professionals. The course investigates the ways in which institutional, economic, and organizational arrangements affect professional behavior and media content, with attention to media system changes over time and in comparative contexts.

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COMM 361. Processes of Mediated Communication.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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COMM 371. Media, Culture, and Society.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

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

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

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Zhongdang Pan (zdpan@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 001 Supreme Court News Coverage.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six 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 002 Issues in Investigative Journalism

Instructor(s): Michael S Bromley (bromleym@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will interrogate the widely-held belief in investigative journalism as a "high" form of journalism. Throughout we will keep in mind the purposes of investigative journalism: whether this type of journalism is a response to the potential, unwarranted manipulation of democratic processes, allowing the Fourth Estate to function adequately in informing and empowering citizens in an increasingly complex world. It will do so by, first, asking the question, What is investigative journalism? The Watergate case will be taken as a defining example of the genre, and compared to the investigative journalism of the (London) Sunday Times Insight team. Historical and contemporary (mainly television) cases of investigative journalism will be examined to illustrate the developing ethical and other issues involved. Finally, using the examples of Michael Moore and journalism in Latin America, the limitations of investigative journalism to serve all citizens in all contexts will be analyzed.

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COMM 441. Independent Reading.

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

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with a faculty member.

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COMM 442. Independent Research.

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

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Intended for original, individualized student research under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Must be arranged with the faculty member.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

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

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See CAAS 486.001.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 002 Ethics Issues in Journalism

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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COMM 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 001 Journalism and Societies in Transition

Instructor(s): Michael S Bromley (bromleym@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The media have become so implicated in societal transition that the term 'media revolution' has been applied to changes experienced in a number of societies. This class will specifically examine the role of journalism in processes of transition, from the USA in the 1960's to the People's Republic of China today. It will examine the incidence of the emergence of different forms of journalism (New Journalism, literary journalism, development journalism, hot-shot journalism) and transition, as well as the situation of journalism as an occupation, and the relationship of journalism to governments and States. Other examples which will be drawn on include journalism in South East Asia, Africa, South America and Central and Eastern Europe.

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COMM 471. Gender Issues in the Media.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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

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COMM 479. Seminar in Media and Culture.

Section 001 Media, Identity, and Society

Instructor(s): Bambi L Haggins (bhaggins@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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COMM 481. Media and Violence.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): L Rowell Huesmann (huesmann@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/lsa/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 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.

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COMM 484/Poli. Sci. 420. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margaret Mary Young (mmyoung@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 485/Soc. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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COMM 492. Senior Honors Thesis.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/lsa/comm/492/001.nsf

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

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