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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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COMM 101. The Mass Media.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

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COMM 102. Media Processes and Effects.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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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.

Texts:

  1. David T. Z. Mindich, Just the Facts: How Objectivity Came to Define American Journalism, (New York: New York University Press, 1998).
  2. Wm. A. Hachten, The World News Prism: Changing Media of International Communication (Ames, Iowa: Iowa State U. Press, fifth edition, 1999, paperback)
  3. Everette E. Dennis and John C. Merrill, Media Debates: Issues in Mass Communication (White Plains, N.Y.: Longman Publishers, 1996).
  4. James Fallows, Breaking the News (New York: Vintage Books, 1997).
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COMM 211. Evaluating Information.

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

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

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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COMM 311. Mass Communication Research.

Instructor(s):

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

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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COMM 321. Undergraduate Internship.

Section 001.

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). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication studies electives in a communication studies concentration plan. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of six credits. No more than six credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Communication Studies concentrators who have reached junior standing may receive some amount of experiential course credit for an internship. Student assessment will be based on the academic merit of the work and evaluation of the final paper.

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COMM 351. Structure and Function of Media Systems.

Section 002 only satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

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 002 only satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

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

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 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 002 only satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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

Section 002 only satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 001 Supreme Court News Coverage. (3 Credits). Meets with Comm 439.002.

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.

See Communication Studies 439.002.

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COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance.

Section 002 Supreme Court News Coverage. (3 Credits). Meets with Comm 439.001.

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 441. Independent Reading.

Instructor(s):

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.

Instructor(s):

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 A 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: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~squiresc/pressyll.htm

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. Meets with Comm 458.003.

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.

See Communication Studies 458.003.

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COMM 458. Special Topics in Media Systems.

Section 003 Ethics Issues In Journalism. Meets with Comm 458.002.

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 468. Special Topics in Mass Communications Processes.

Section 001 Designing Persuasive Communication. Meets w/ Art 407, Mkt 407

Instructor(s): Douglas H Hesseltine (hesselti@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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COMM 484 / POLSCI 420. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicholas A Valentino (nvalenti@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 Meets with Comm 485.002.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 485.002.

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COMM 485 / SOC 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Section 002 Meets with Comm 485.001.

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

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

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 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 001 Propaganda. Meets with Comm 488.002.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 488.001.

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COMM 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 002 Propaganda. Meets with Comm 488.001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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COMM 488. Special Topics in Media Effects.

Section 003 Media and the Body. Meets with Women's Studies 483.005.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the way the human body is portrayed within, and affected by, the mass media. The term "body" is broadly construed to apply to a wide range of corporeal issues that have been linked to identity, such as ability and disability, race, age, sexuality, social class, athletic prowess, and health. How the body is adorned, how the body is shaped, the age of the body and its skin color, whether the body is portrayed as active or passive, free or restrained, are all questions central to understanding what the media say about human beings and their identities through portrayals of human bodies. The gendered nature of the media-portrayed body will be explored as a common thread throughout these topics. In addition, the effects of media portrayals on the bodies of audience members will be explored, especially effects on arousal and emotion, behavior and health.

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COMM 492. Senior Honors Thesis.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is the second in a two-part Honors seminar program and culminates in the composition of a senior Honors thesis. Students must have successfully completed Comm 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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