2015 Spring 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 media and society.
COMMUNICATION AND GENDER
Advanced study of interpersonal communication between and within the sexes. The focus of the course concerns examination of traditional gender ideals and analysis of communication styles that contribute to societal evolution. Sex differences in communication, theories explaining sex differences in communication, research on sex stereotypes, debates about language and sexism, and implications for inter-gender relationships in a variety of settings are among the topics considered in this course.
COMMUNICATION CONFLICT RESOLUTION
This course provides a communications perspective of the nature and possible methods of resolution of conflict.
COMMUNICATION AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
This course prepares students to better understand the traditional organizational frameworks and apply them in the nonprofit world. Specifically, the course will address communicating a strategic vision, stewardship, managing and understanding the relationships between boards and volunteers and staff, building and maintaining successful volunteer programs, event planning, fundraising and media and government relations through reading, lectures, case studies and a capstone project.
CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Study of cross cultural contacts and interactions when individuals are from different cultures. An analysis of verbal and nonverbal communication and related factors within and between various cultures, predictions of patterns and effects, and communication barriers.
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.
NEW COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
This course examines the major innovations in the telecommunication industry. Students will explore alternative regulatory contexts in which these systems can develop and address the implications of these developments in a variety of social, institutional and philosophical contexts.
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.
SEMINAR IN CORPORATE COMMUNICATION
Investigation of communication topics that reflect the communication issues within an organiztion (e.g., superior-subordinate, conflict resolution). Topics ae selected on the basis of need, interest, or timeliness and may change each time the course is offered.
ISSUES IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION THEORY
Advanced study and analysis of communication theories from various disciplinary viewpoints. Theories are discussed in terms of their assumptions, claims, strengths, and weaknesses.
EFFECTS OF MASS COMMUNICATION
A course that examines the effects of mass media. 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, Comm/Journlsm 799 Thesis credits and Comm/Journlsm 789 ACP credits may not be taken concurrently with Comm/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: Comm 799/Journlsm 799 Thesis credits and Comm 789/Journlsm 789 ACP credits may not be taken concurrently with Comm 798/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 (COMM 799) may count toward the 30 required credits. For students choosing the ACP option, 3 units of ACP ( COMM 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 Comm 798/Journlsm 798 credits.