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Course Information for Spring 2011

Please click on the course below to see the description as well as the book and technology requirements for that course.

Comm 110:  Intro to Communication (Austin) Top of Page

Comm 110 Introduction to Communication (3) Introduction to concepts and theories of communication and the application of those theories to interpersonal interactions, small group processes, and public address. 

Required Texts:

Communication In Our Lives
by Wood

Publisher - Wadsworth

Copyright 09

Edition 5

ISBN
0-495-50201-4

Requirements for Comm 110 include writing assignments, discussion board posts, a speech, group work and interpersonal interaction with your classmates.  A live audience of 8 adults is required for the speech.

Technology Requirements:

  • access to a camera to record their speech.  The UWS library has 3 cameras that you may request.
  • access to the internet.  In this class you will be using the D2L course management system, discussion boards, email and submitting work to a drop box.  For the group work you may communicate via discussion boards, email, IM/chat, Skype or the phone.

Comm 170:  Media and Society (Austin) Top of Page

Comm 170 Mass Communication and Society (3) Introduction to the history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the mass media, including media inter-relationships and their social and commercial bases.

Required Texts:

Media & Culture 2011 Update by Campbell
Publisher - St Martins

Copyright 11

ISBN
0-312-60942-6

Requirements for Comm 170 include writing assignments, discussion board posts, and chapter quizzes.

Technology Requirements:

  •  access to the internet.  In this class you will be using the D2L course management system, discussion boards, email and submitting work to a drop box.

Comm 211:  Interpersonal Communication (Austin) Top of Page

Comm 211 Interpersonal Communication (3) Foundation course in human communication dealing with the factors involved in effective one-to-one communication skills. Prerequisite: COMM 110 or consent of instructor. 

Required Texts:

Interpersonal Communication by Wood
Publisher - Wad
sworth
Copyright 07

Edition 5

ISBN
0-495-00653-X

Requirements for Comm 211 include writing assignments, discussion board posts, and chapter quizzes.

Technology Requirements:

  • access to the internet.  In this class you will be using the D2L course management system, discussion boards, email and submitting work to a drop box.

Comm 251:  Principles of Persuasion (Smith) Top of Page

Comm 251 Principles of Persuasion (3) Cultural and critical principles and dimensions of persuasion, including the style and structures of persuasion in diverse modes of communicating. 

Required Texts:

Poole, S. (2006).  Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message,and How that Message Becomes Reality.  NY:  Grove Press.

Jackson, B. & Hall Jamieson, K. (2007).  un-Spun: Finding Facts in a World of [disinformation].  NY:Random House Trade Paperbacks.  

Heath, C. & Heath, D. (2007)  Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Publisher:  Random House
# ISBN: 1400064287

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

 

Comm 332:  Communication in Conflict (Smith) Top of Page

Comm 332 Communication in Conflict (3) Theoretical and applied exploration and analysis of communication in diverse conflict contexts.

Required Texts:

Interpersonal Conflict (7th Edition)
By Willmot and Hocker
Publisher: McGraw Hill
ISBN: 978007135540

I Only Say This Because I Love You
By Deborah Tannen
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-0679456018

Note: Please feel free to get either the hardcover or the paperback - I'll be giving reading assignments by chapter this semester, so you can purchase whatever copy of the book you like.

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

Comm 355:  Theorizing Commnication (Nikoi)                    Top of Page

Comm 355 Theorizing Communication (3) Analysis of communication theories and the communication theorizing process and their significance to lived experience. Emphasis includes theory development and interpretation from a range of perspectives. Students examine the relationship between theorizing communication and how we understand and respond to human beings, knowledge, and values.

Required Texts:

Littlejohn, S.W. & Foss, K. A. (2008). Theories of Human Communication (9th Ed.) Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

Comm 368: Criticism of Film & Television (Austin) Top of Page

Comm 368 Criticism of Film and Television (3) Advanced study of seminal aesthetic and critical theories for the visual mass media. Topics include: textual analysis, contextual analysis, authorship issues, ideological issues, and cultural studies. Prerequisite: COMM 104 (preferred) or COMM 170, or consent of instructor.

Required Texts:

Film Theory & Criticism by Braudy & Cohen
Publisher Oxford

Copyright 04

Edition 6
 -- any earlier edition will have the essays needed in this class
ISBN
0-19-515817-2

&

Film, Form & Culture by Kolker (CD NOT needed)
Publisher McGraw Hill

Copyright 06

Edition 3

ISBN
0-07-312361-7

Requirements for Comm 368 include writing assignments, and chapter quizzes.

Technology Requirements:

  • access to the internet.  In this class you will be using the D2L course management system, discussion boards, email and submitting work to a drop box.

Comm 425:  Communicating Gender (Smith) Top of Page

Comm 425 Communicating Gender (3) 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.

Required Texts:
Gendered Lives:  Communication Gender and Culture
(8th Edition)
By Julia T. Wood
Publisher:  Wadsworth
ISBN-13:
978-1428229952

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

Comm 467:  Intercultural Communication (Smith) Top of Page

Comm 467 Intercultural Communication (3) 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.

Required Texts:

Intercultural Communication in Contexts (4th or 5th Edition)
By Martin
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill
ISBN:  0-07-313527-5

&

The Outliers: The Story of Success
By  Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher:  Little, Brow and Company
ISBN :   9780316017923

Note:  Please feel free to get either the hardcover or the paperback - I'll be giving reading assignments by chapter this semester, so you can purchase whatever copy of the book you like.

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

Comm 495:  Diffusion of Innovation (Nikoi) Top of Page

Comm 495:  Special Topics:  Diffusion of Information (3 cr) Organizations and other social systems routinely develop problems that demand creative solutions. It is however one thing to come up with a creative solution to a problem and another to ensure its successful implementation. This course is designed to help students understand diffusion theory. It focuses on using diffusion of innovation principles to find solutions to problems within a particular social system. Additionally, it is designed to expose students to various communication channels that are important in spreading innovative ideas within a system.

Required Texts:

Everett M. Rogers (2003), Diffusion of Innovations (5th Ed). New York, Free Press.
ISBN: 9780743222099

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

Comm 495:  Life after College:  Building a Career in Communication (Graham) Top of Page

Comm 495 Special Topics:  Life After College - Building a career in communications (3 cr) is a course exploring life after college.  We will talk about your interests and compare them to careers in communication and like fields, discuss the theories you've learned in your course work and how you can apply those theories to getting a job and developing a career path.  Specific assignments include resume and cover letter, informational interviews, job shadowing, searching for jobs and learning about companies and organizations, preparing for job interviews, and developing a web page as a portfolio location for your materials.  A reflection paper is due at the end of the course which ties your course work to your job search.   You will be taking an online career assessment called Strengths Quest.

Required Texts:

There is no required text for the course.  There is a $ 15 fee for the Strengths Quest assessment (paid at the beginning of class).  There will be articles and other suggested readings available online.

Technology Requirements:

  • Weekly access to the internet and Learn@uwsuper (D2L).
  • Speakers or headphones for your computer, in order to listen to Podcasts and course materials.
  • Capability to view YouTube/streaming videos.
  • Word-processing software (Microsoft Word, or equivalent).

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