Course Descriptions 2012-2014 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
COMM 104Film And Culture3.00
Survey of the motion picture as an art form and a medium of cultural communication from its beginning to the present day. A variety of films showing significant artistic development will be screened.
General Education Attributes:
FAA Fine Arts Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 110Introduction to Communication3.00
Introduction to concepts and theories of communication and the application of those theories to interpersonal interactions, small group processes, and public address.
General Education Attributes:
CA Communicating Arts
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 122Theatre Appreciation3.00
Emphasizes the relationships between the technical and artistic components of theatre practice of the past and present from cultures around the world.
General Education Attributes:
FAA Fine Arts Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 125Beginning Acting for Theatre3.00
Introduction to the principles of acting for the stage. Students learn vocal and breathing techniques, movement, scene work, and are introduced to the concept of playing an objective.
General Education Attributes:
FAAE Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 134Digital Audio Production3.00
Introduction to the theory and practice of digital audio production for a variety of applications including radio, video, multimedia, and theatre. Demonstrated computer literacy is highly recommended.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 167Introduction to Intercultural Communication3.00
This course focuses on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and effects communication processes.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 170Media and Society3.00
Survey course charts the most significant developments (technological, cultural, regulatory/political, and economic) in the evolution of several media industries. Students examine key aspects of the changing media landscape - fragmented audiences and multiple channels, increasingly concentrated patterns of ownership, and fewer sources of, or need for, traditional news - and consider the implications these changes have for individuals, social groups, the economy, culture, and politics. Emphasizes the building of skills in critical media literacy.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 180Introduction To Technical Theatre3.00
Basic introduction to the art of stagecraft to include the construction process, lighting, scenic painting and stage properties.
General Education Attributes:
FAAE Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 185Production Analysis for Theatre3.00
Script analyses for theatrical production. Focus on dramatic literature and how it relates to staging a production.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 189Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 191Practicum1.00 - 3.00
Extensive individual or group study in the theory and practice of Communication, Theatre, Radio, Video Production, or Journalism. Different sections allow the student to concentrate in his or her area of specialization with the instructor in charge of the section in which the student enrolls. Minimum 45 hours per credit. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required. Contract from instructor prior to enrolling, and/or an audition. Consult program catalog for maximum number of credits allowed in major or minor. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 200Theatre Fine Arts Practicum1.00 - 3.00
Students experience an involvement in an artistic and/or aesthetic activity. The experience in conjunction with University Theatre will be individually designed by the student and the supervising faculty member to fulfill its general education intent of developing a greater awareness of visual and/or performing creativity. Minimum 45 hours per credit. Repeatable up to three credits. Audition and/or contract from the instructor are required to enroll in this course.
General Education Attributes:
FAAE Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 203News Gathering and Reporting3.00
A basic journalism course in which students practice interviewing, covering events; and writing leads, briefs and shorter news stories, on deadline. The course offers an introduction to the history of journalism, ethical standards, and libel law.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 211Interpersonal Communication3.00
In-depth examination and analysis of communication in relationships across a range of contexts. Includes theoretical perspectives and applied frameworks.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 110.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 220Theatre Portfolio Review0.00
All theatre majors and minors are required to register for and complete a portfolio review process once a year. These portfolios will be reviewed by all theatre faculty and staff during a formally scheduled/announced session. Each student portfolio must contain a professional resume and performance materials appropriate to their area of specialization within Theatre. Students will work individually with their advisor in Theatre for final approval to schedule the review.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 224Character Analysis for Theatre3.00
An extension of COMM 125 furthering the student's exposure to building a character through research, textual analysis, emotional recall, and dynamic choices.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of COMM 125.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 226Professional Preparation for Theatre1.00
Auditioning, job market information, resume, and portfolio development as applicable. Field trip required. Open to Theatre majors or minors only. Repeatable for one additional credit.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites for taking this course is having completed COMM 125, 180 and 185.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 245Voice And Articulation3.00
Principles of articulation and use of voice; individual and group exercises for improvement.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 251Persuasion3.00
Cultural and critical principles and dimensions of persuasion, including the style and structures of persuasion in diverse modes of communicating.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 110.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 254Communication Inquiry3.00
Exploration of communication theories, everyday ways of theorizing communication, and research methods that help us understand the complex ways communication shapes our lives. Emphasis includes theory development, interpretation and analysis, research methodologies, and research design. Students examine the interconnected relationship between theory and method.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 261Digital Video Production3.00
Introduction to basic videography with an extensive hands-on investigation of professional non-linear editing theory and technique.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 262DVD Production and Design3.00
Theory and practice of DVD production from both technical and aesthetic perspectives. Students author several DVD projects ranging from basic video transfer to disc through fully menu-driven DVD's with animation, sound, and sub-menus.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 261.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 263Digital Graphics and Effects3.00
In-depth exploration of electronic graphic design for multimedia applications including video and DVD. Topics range from basic graphic design creation to animation.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 261.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 273Oral Interpretation3.00
Introduction to oral reading performance. Emphasis on vocal and breathing exercises to strengthen vocal potential, and the use of body and gesture to enhance the interpretation of literature.
General Education Attributes:
FAAE Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 281Advanced Technical Theatre3.00
Continuation of COMM 180 emphasizing the more advanced technical principles of Section 1, scenery construction, Section 2, lighting and sound technology, or Section 3, costume construction. Laboratory work required. Repeatable for different sections.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM180.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 285History of Theatre, Ancient to Realism3.00
Examination of a series of topics in theatre history from the Ancient World to Realism.
General Education Attributes:
FAA Fine Arts Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 286History of Theatre, Realism through Contemporary3.00
Examination of a series of topics in theatre history from Realism through Contemporary theatre.
General Education Attributes:
FAA Fine Arts Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 289Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 301Selected Topics in Film and Television3.00
Examination of one of the major cycles, movements, nationalities, eras, or genres of motion picture and/or television production. Several feature films and/or television programs exemplifying historically and critically important aspects of the topic will be shown. Different topics are repeatable.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM104.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 320Selected News Writing3.00
Students learn to identify a topic and focus an angle, and write feature stories, editorials and commentary. The class works together to analyze strengths and weaknesses of each student's work.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 203 or Instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 330Advanced News Gathering and Reporting3.00
This course expands the student's understanding of journalism; its function in a democracy, techniques of investigation, documentary and series reporting; and transition into the electronics and entrepreneurial delivery of news. Students develop their own news blogs and cover local issues through them, and work in groups to create a final feature project (radio, video, print or online).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 203 or Instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 332Communication in Conflict3.00
Theoretical and applied exploration and analysis of communication in diverse conflict contexts.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 348Screenwriting3.00
Theory and extensive practice in narrative writing for television and film. Includes study and application of relevant media writing formats.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ENGL 102 or WRIT 102 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 356Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad1.00 - 6.00
Communication is an essential part of community engagement. This course is an experiential course designed to enhance the intercultural communication competence of students as well as to expose them to the challenges and rewards of community development in a developing country. Travel to Ghana occurs over J-Term. Students register for partial credit in both Fall and Spring semesters.
Typically Offered:
Other, Refer to Catalog
COMM 358Broadcast Journalism3.00
Review of the methods and philosophies of news gathering, writing, and reporting for the electronic media. Frequent practical exercises to sharpen the student's writing and reporting abilities.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites for taking this course is having completed COMM 170 and 203.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 361Narrative Video Production3.00
Project-intensive course in which students produce, direct, and edit fictional narrative videos. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 261.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 362Documentary Video Production3.00
Project intensive course in which students produce, direct, and edit documentary videos. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 261.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 365Theatre Direction I3.00
Theory and practice of a play production from the viewpoint of the director. Emphasis on directoral choices. Directed laboratory scene work required.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites for taking this course is having completed COMM 125, 180 and 185.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 366Theatre Direction II3.00
Continued study and practice of stage directing culminating in a supervised production experience.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 365.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 368Criticism Of Film and Television3.00
Advanced study of seminal aesthetic and critical theories for the visual media. Students learn and apply critical frameworks in the analysis of film and television.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites for taking this course is having completed COMM 104 or COMM 170.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 375Theatrical Stage Management3.00
An examination of the role of the stage manager in play production.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 376Group Communication Processes3.00
Exploration of communication processes within the context of the small group with emphasis on interpersonal relations, group dynamics, leadership and participant functions. An experiential/theoretical course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 377Special Topics In Theatre3.00
Examination of special topics in the areas of theatre. Topics vary depending on current student interest and needs to the current season offering. Repeatable with different sections.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of COMM 122 or consent of Instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 388Elements Of Design for Theatre3.00
Designing for the theatrical arts. Emphasis of the aspects of lighting, sound, costuming and scenery to include sketchbooks, drafting, renderings and model making.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 180 or COMM 185.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 389Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 391Advanced Practicum1.00 - 3.00
Specialized intensive study and/or practice in communication, theatre, radio, video production, or journalism activities. Different sections allow the student to increase his or her ability to perform in specific Communicating Arts functions. Projects must be designed in consultation with the instructor in charge of the section in which the student enrolls. Minimum 45 hours per credit. Instructor consent required. Repeatable. Contract from the instructor prior to enrolling. Consult program catalog for maximum number of credits allowed in major or minor. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 392Leadership Training for Theatre2.00
Practical experience in serving in leadership positions in Theatre. Section numbers indicate the particular leadership area. Consult with your proposed instructor for the appropriate section number. Contract prior to registration. Arranged.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites for taking this course is having completed COMM 191 and/or COMM 391.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 425Communicating Gender3.00
Analysis of gender and its relationship to communication. Emphasis includes the diverse ways gender shapes lived experience, and how communicators' understanding of gender and ourselves as gendered persons get formed in communication. Students will come to understand the range of consequences for our ways of communicating gender, at the personal, cultural, national and global levels.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
COMM 455Theorizing Media Culture3.00
Traces the development throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century of different models and theoretical frameworks for understanding mediated communication. The course is reading-intensive and emphasizes the development skills for analyzing, critiquing, and theorizing contemporary media.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 170 and Junior standing or consent of Instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 467Advanced Intercultural Communication3.00
Advanced analysis of the communication dimensions involved in enhancing intercultural interactions. Focus is on identity and communication and their relationship to each other in a diverse world.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall and Summer Terms
COMM 475Internship3.00 - 12.00
Supervised work in professional communications industries and settings. Junior or senior standing, major emphasis in the area of the internship, must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with organization with which you are interning on file in Communicating Arts Office, contract prior to registration and consent of the Communicating Arts Department chair. The application for internship including written consent from the external agency (Affiliation Agreement) must be submitted to the department chair 30 days prior to enrollment. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 477Media Law3.00
Examines the development over the past two centuries of key concepts, principles, and legal precedents affecting media in the United States. Students also scrutinize the changes wrought by newer communication technologies and changing sociocultural practices. Emphasizes the building of skills in critical media literacy.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 170 and Junior standing or consent of Instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 489Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 491Senior Capstone Experience0.00
Required culminating senior year project which integrates and synthesizes the student's coursework (theories, concepts, skill competencies) into a formal project and experience, negotiated with the student's major advisor and instructor for final consent and approval. Senior capstone is paired with another course in the major. See Communicating Arts major descriptions for paired courses in specific program areas (Media, Communication, Theatre). Student must participate in a public presentation; i.e., Poster Session, Theatrical Performance, Film/Video Showcase. Pass-Fail. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 495Special Topics Seminar3.00
Specially designed seminar on any number of diverse topics within Communicating Arts. Repeatable up to twelve credits.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 498Independent Study1.00 - 6.00
Individual investigation and/or production by advanced students in Media Communication, Speech Communication, Theatre to include a study of related literature and formal reports or production. Prerequisites: Instructor consent and contract prior to enrollment. Repeatable up to six credits. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 499Intern Teaching in Communication3.00
Working with and assisting a faculty member in teaching a lower-division Communicating Arts course. Includes applied work in preparing and teaching the content of one or more selected units of a course under the supervision of the instructor of record. Open to Communicating Arts majors only. Both faculty and Department Chair consent are required to enroll in this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

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