Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Communication Studies (Division 352)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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Comm. 101. The Mass Media.

Instructor(s): Kevin Hoyes (hoyes@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.

Instructor(s): Travis Dixon (tldixon@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.

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Comm. 111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment.

Instructor(s): James Brentar (brentar@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~cs111/

This course is a hands-on workshop intended to develop student mastery of the skills necessary to use the rapidly changing environment of computing and electronic information. Students will learn more about how to accomplish tasks with computers, databases, the Internet, and the computing resources more effectively-from word processing to spreadsheets to UNIX to email to FTP to MIRLYN to the Internet and World Wide Web. Not only will students learn how to use html to create web pages. Overall, students will become better able to manage and use the information resources available to them.

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Comm. 211(206). Evaluating Information.

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

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

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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(406). Mass Communication Research.

Instructor(s): Jerome Johnston (jerej@umich.edu)

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

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. 321(450). Undergraduate Internship.

Instructor(s): Nick Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

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. Studies 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 a total of six 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 retrospective paper. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be pre-arranged. Internship credit cannot be used to satisfy Communication Studies electives in the concentration plan. No more than 3 credits can be earned in a single term, and no more than 6 credits total can be received through any combination of internships (CS 321) or pratica (CS 322). Registration is by permission of instructor only.

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Comm. 322. Practicum.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. Practicum credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged. No more than six credits combined of Comm. Studies 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 a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The practicum is designed to provided Communication Studies concentrators limited credit for appropriate practical experience gained in other than an employment setting. Student evaluation is based on satisfactory completion of an analytical evaluation (e.g., research-based paper) of the experience, under direction of the practicum supervisor. Registration is permitted only with approved faculty supervision.

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Comm. 351. Structure and Function of Media Systems.

Section 002 may be elected ECB

Instructor(s): James Brentar (brentar@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 is designed to examine the structural, social, historical, economic, and legal forces that shape the mass media environment. The course will look at how media organizations and media systems are structured, the different components of media systems and the roles they play. Then, we will look at how the different components of the system (including media organizations, investors, employees, other businesses, government, audiences, and society in general) go together or relate to one another, the different roles played by the participants in the systems, and the functions of theses roles and relationships. Finally, we will look at alternatives to the predominant media systems, the future of mass media systems, and how we can shape that future.

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Comm. 361. Processes of Mediated Communication.

Section 002 may be elected ECB

Instructor(s): Jill Edy (jaedy@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 may be elected ECB

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

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

Upper-Level Writing Theme Semester

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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

Section 002 may be elected ECB

Instructor(s): Kristen 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 Media Coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court. (3 credits)

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course 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.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. (1-8). (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: (1-8).

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. (1-8). (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: (1-8).

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.

Instructor(s): Consuelo Campbell (consuelo@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course covers the basic principles of media law and its applications in connection with media practice and regulation. Topics covered include First Amendment theory, hate speech, prior restraints, libel, indecency, obscenity and pornography, media censorship, rights to privacy, freedom of information and public rights of access, advertising and consumer regulation, and electronic media regulation.

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Comm. 453(400). The Media in American History.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 001 Media Coverage of Foreign News

Instructor(s): Anthony Collings (collings@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.

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. 459. Seminar in Media Systems.

Section 002 Comparative Media Systems

Instructor(s): Consuelo Campbell (consuelo@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.

This course investigates the development of national and international media systems; discussing theoretical approaches to the study of international communication systems and analyzes the role and concept of a free press and its presence in varying national and international media institutions. Other issues such as media imperialism, transborder data flows and the development of international organizations such as UNESCO, ITO, and WARC will be explored as well.

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Comm. 462. Social Influence and Persuasion.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. Students who have taken Communication 310 in a previous term should not enroll in this course. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the capability of the mass media to persuade, and the basic processes involved. Both cognitive and social-psychological theories of influence are examined in detail, and in connection with a variety of persuasive phenomena, including advertising, media campaigns, and propaganda. Conditions that facilitate or impede the persuasive influence of media messages are investigated, as are the ethical implications of employing the mass media to influence audiences.

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Comm. 463. Media Use and Reception.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Presents theoretical models for conceptualizing audiences, mass media use, and reception of media messages. Topics covered include techniques for measuring audiences for print 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 the critical analysis of research on the uses and gratifications of mass media, reception theory, and 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.

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Comm. 473. Cross-Cultural Communication.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Examines some of the major issues concerning the nature of cross-cultural communication: the flow of information across national boundaries; the unequal distribution and access to information world-wide; the varying points of viewing concerning the New World Information Order; the worldwide consequences of the Information Age (post-industrial society); the new paradigms that are being developed to explain and predict the development of media in underdeveloped societies and propaganda analysis. A major concern of this course is to understand how communication and the media, especially, operate in an international context and to evaluate some of the arguments and notions concerning their future global operations, with particular reference to the developing world.

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Comm. 474. Mass Communication and Identity.

Instructor(s): Kevin Hoyes (hoyes@umich.edu)

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

Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores the role of mass communication in shaping personal and social identity. Special attention is given to the ways in which the mass media can create, sustain, or alter ethnic culture and subcultures. Topics include the ethnic media in contemporary America, including the role of the media in immigrant communities, and the complex interplay of "mainstream" and minority cultural life.

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Comm. 479. Seminar in Media and Culture.

Section 001 Film, Television, the Internet, and the Public Sphere

Instructor(s): James Castonguay (jcast@umich.edu)

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

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Comm. 481. Media and Violence.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/W99/CO481/index.html

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. 482. Children and the Media.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the influences of the mass media on children in American 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. The focus is interdisciplinary. Course readings examine both methodological and theoretical issues, drawing from work in communication, psychology, human development, and public policy.

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Comm. 484(420)/Poli. Sci. 420. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. This course focuses on the role and importance of mass media in the political process.

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Comm. 485(463)/Soc. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Instructor(s): Jill Edy (jaedy@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. 489. Seminar in Media Effects.

Section 001 Music As Communication

Instructor(s): James Brentar (brentar@umich.edu)

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

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Comm. 492(591). Senior Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s): 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 first in a two-part Honors seminar sequence of seminars that Honors concentrators in Communication Studies must take during their senior year while writing a senior thesis. During this first seminar, offered only in the Fall, students develop thesis topics, decide on a choice of methods, and write a prospectus. To be eligible for enrollment students must be accepted as Honors concentrators during the second term of their junior year. Admission as an Honors concentrator requires a cumulative GPA of 3.3, and at least a 3.5 in departmental course work, and a passing grade of B or higher in Communication Studies 311. Qualified applicants should meet with the Honors advisor during the second term of their junior year to be evaluated for admission.

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