COMM 159 - First-year Seminar in Media Issues
Fall 2016, Section 001 - From Comedy to Tragedy: The Science of Media and Emotion
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Course Note:
Investigates issues and topics relevant to study of media and communication. Topics presented may include introduction and overview of media and culture, media and identity, media effects, and new, emerging media.
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credits do not count toward the Communication Studies major requirements.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
First-year students only.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Social scientific research on the consequences of media use tends to focus primarily on outcomes like attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Less studied but equally important are the emotional effects of media exposure and the role of emotion in media selection. This first-year seminar introduces students to theory and research on the relationship between electronic media use and nervous system arousal, mood, and emotion. The seminar covers basic emotions like fear, sadness, anger, and joy, as well as more complex social emotions like pride, shame, and grief. The course offers first-year students a forum for developing and exercising basic skills in reading, comprehending, and speaking and writing about social scientific theory and research relevant to communication in general, and emotion and media specifically.

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COMM 159 - First-year Seminar in Media Issues
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Does not meet Communication Studies major requirements.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Does not meet Communication Studies major requirements.

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