2012 Fall Term
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HISTORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION
An overview of the origin, development, strengths and weaknesses, and achievements of mass communication in the United States, with particular attention to the interrelationship between mass communication and society.
LAW OF MASS COMMUNICATION
Study of law as applied to the mass media with particular emphasis on freedom of information, libel, privacy, contempt, commercial speech, regulation of electronic media and copyright regulation.
COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC OPINION
The role of the mass media of communication in the formation of public opinion. Use of social science techniques for studying public opinion will be examined.
MASS COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY
A course which examines the functions and effects of mass media in our society. Theoretical bases for assessing social, behavioral and cultural influences are emphasized.
APPLIED COMMUNICATION PROJECT CREDITS
Applied Communication Project (ACP) units allow a student to work with his/her project director and committee in further developing and completing the ACP, a capstone experience option emphasizing the application of communication theory and principles to solve a communication problem or meet a specific need relating to corporate communication or mass communication issues. ACP proposal forms available at http://academics.uww.edu/comgrads/forms.html or from the graduate coordinator. Note, Comm799 or Journlsm 799 Thesis credits and Comm789 or Journlsm 789 ACP credits may not be taken concurrently with Comm798 or Journlsm 798 Independent Study credits.
The Communication Practicum gives students, under the direction of a faculty advisor, the opportunity to apply their theoretical and research backgrounds in "real world" settings ranging from internships in organizations or agencies to other approved activities.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Students must complete the Independent Studies Form located at http://www.uww.edu/commgrads/forms.html or available from the Communication Department office prior to registering for this course. The form requires signatures from the instructor supervising the independent study and from the graduate coordinator. Note, Comm799 or Journlsm 799 Thesis credits and Comm789 or Journlsm 789 ACP credits may not be taken concurrently with Comm798 or Journlsm 798 Independent Study credits.
Guided investigation of an approved thesis topic. Students may receive credit for research activities planned in conjunction with their advisors and leading to the completion of a master's degree. For students choosing the thesis option, 3 units of Thesis Reseach (JOURNLSM 799) may count toward the 30 required credits. For students choosing the ACP option, 3 units of ACP (JOURNLSM 789) credits may count toward the required 30 units. Thesis prospectus forms are available from the Graduate Program Coordinator and the department website at http://academics.uww.edu/commgrads/forms.html. In addition, students must complete the Graduate School thesis proposal form available at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/thesisform.php. Note, Comm 799 credits may not be taken concurrently with Comm798 or Journlsm 798 credits.