Upcoming Courses for Spring 2015

 

The course information listed in this section contains detailed information about many of the courses offered in the Department of Communication Studies.

This supplemental information is specific to each semester and provides more information about particular classes than can be found in the HomerConnect schedule or in the Undergraduate Catalog. Additional information about individual courses may be obtained from the instructor of a particular course.

 

 

Department of Communication Studies Spring 2015

Three programs are offered through the Department of Communication Studies:

  • Communication Studies-CMST: a major and a minor. Students are admitted following an interview with the department chairperson.
  • Culture and Communication-CLTC: a major. Students are admitted following an interview

with the program coordinator.

 

The BACHELOR OF ARTS in Communication Studies and the BACHELOR OF ARTS in Culture and Communication are recommended for students who want a broad liberal arts background as preparation for possible careers in public relations, business, law, education, government, social services, and other professions, or for graduate study.

 

All courses in the area of Communication Studies are open to non-majors, although some upper level courses have prerequisites.

 

Culture and Communication Courses

 

CLTC 10000 Introduction Culture and Communication, “ICC Diversity” LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01 & 03: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216

Section 02: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, Ext. 4-7335

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the contribution from various perspectives within the Communication Studies tradition toward studying the relationship between culture and communication. To this end, students will be exposed to areas of inquiry complimenting the rise of cosmopolitanism. With specificity in mind, this course will cover such relationships as, (1) cultural forces and trends producing and defining cosmopolitanism (2) the cultural, racial and socio-political aspects present within cosmopolitan studies and (3) how these forces and trends are challenging dominant models of knowledge.

 

CLTC 49000-01 Internship: Culture and Communication NLA

CREDITS: 1-6

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 417, Ext. 4-3930

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Junior standing or above and permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The internship provides a structured intensive learning experience in an organization dedicated to research, planning, policymaking, or service provision in an area related to culture and communication. Supervision is provided by an on-site professional preceptor. Students are required to submit periodic written field reports, as well as a final internship experience report. Variable credits up to 6 credits.

 

Communication Studies Courses

 

CMST 11000 - all sections Public Communication 3A HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Scott Thomson, Job Hall 211, Ext. 4-3670

Sections 02, 03: Howard Erlich, Job Hall 212, Ext. 4-3534

ENROLLMENT: 18 each section

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: To improve students' ability to organize thought for communicative purposes; to develop students' confidence, spontaneity, and extemporaneous style in one-to-many oral communication situations; to encourage students’ development and use of logical argument supported by evidence in persuasive communication attempts both inside and outside the classroom setting; to increase students' sensitivity to appropriate and inappropriate language use, and nonverbal communication stimuli; to assist students’ choice of appropriate message content, organization and style for a variety of audience situations; to stimulate development of critical listening skills for use inside and outside the classroom as communication receiver-consumer.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Approximately 50% class time is lecture discussion; 50% class time is speech making and critical listening.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Attendance is required. Students must participate in discussion, speaking, and critical listening. Speeches and outlines. Other requirements to be announced.

 

CMST 11500 - all sections Business and Professional Communication HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTORS:

Sections 01, 02, 03: Ann Byrne, Job Hall 213, Ext. 4-1124

Sections 04, 05: Heather Brecht, Rothschild Place 126, Ext. 4-3429

Sections 06, 07: David Smith, Rothschild Place 126, Ext. 4-5794

ENROLLMENT: 20 each section (except the online course enrollment is: 18)

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students who have an interest in developing their professional skills.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will be provided with opportunities to develop their skills at business and professional communication in a variety of forms. Specifically, they will learn to effectively prepare and deliver oral presentations, work in small groups, participate in interviews as either the interviewer or interviewee, listen actively and critically to the presentations of others, and maintain good interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Some instruction may also be provided in writing effective résumés and business letters.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Student presentations, lectures, in-class discussions and exercises.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Presentations, exams, attendance and participation.

 

CMST 12000-01 Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric 1 HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 417, Ext. 4-3930

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: None.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Cultures create ideas, identities and actions through speeches, films, music, rituals and other forms of communication. This course provides students with a theoretical vocabulary for critically evaluating public communication and its role in our culture(s). The critical vocabulary that organizes the course is drawn from neo-Classical Rhetoric, Semiotics, Narrative, Dramatistic, and Psychoanalytic Theories. Students will use the theoretical concepts to gain insight into the effects, effectiveness, truth, and ethics of communication.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Coursepack, papers, participation, regular quizzes.

 

CMST 12400-01 Courtrooms and Communication 1 HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Courtrooms and Communication provides an active introduction to law and advocacy as human, not technical, phenomena. The course is conducted around in-class discussions, readings and media, and participation in mock trials. The key concepts stressed in this course are advocacy, evidence, burdens of proof, judgment, conduct of trial, legal proceedings as theater, juries as decision making groups, the ethical responsibilities of advocates, and legal reasoning. Courtrooms and Communication is a required course in the Legal Studies Major.

 

CMST 13200-01, 02 Storytelling 3B FA LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Regina Carpenter, Rothschild Place 107, Ext. 4-1546

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITE: None

STUDENTS: Open to all students at Ithaca College. No previous performance experience required. Students of Theatre Arts, English, School of Communications, Anthropology, Sociology, and Recreation should find the course of particular interest.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course on storytelling in contemporary society. The course will provide basic training in the art and craft of storytelling and will examine and analyze storytelling in a variety of cultures, settings, and contexts. While learning at least three stories during the semester, you will also learn about yourself as a performer, and will explore your own personal, family, and cultural identity.

FORMAT AND STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and workshop-performance rounds.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Three storytelling performances, weekly written response papers, class participation, and a written study of storytelling in everyday life.

 

CMST 14000-01 Small Group Communication 1 LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, Job Hall 213, Ext. 4-1067

ENROLLMENT: 24

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide you with the opportunity to participate in a small groups, to practice leadership skills and various group tasks and roles, identify group norms and culture, understand group systems and dynamics, learn appropriate group communication, support group productivity, evaluate yourself and peer's performance, and construct and present team presentations. Students will study the contemporary theories of group development and dynamics between small group interaction, identity and systems from a social science perspective. From the context of the world of soccer, students will be expected to analyze and compare systems and identities as they relate to different cultural, religious, political structures at different historical times. Students will be expected to identify how beliefs and values influence communication choices.

COURSEFORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion, small group exercises and assignments.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Attendance and participation informal group presentations, simulations and group exercises, exams, projects and class participation.

 

CMST 14900-01, 02 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 1 LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ozge Girit Heck, Muller 331, Ext.4-3035

ENROLLMENT: 25

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The understanding and application of basic principles of interpersonal communication to everyday situations. Topic areas include self-concept, interpersonal perception, language, nonverbal communication, relational development and conflict management. The practical benefit soft his course is to better understand one's own motives and interpersonal communication patterns.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion and exercises.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Exams, projects, papers. This is not a public speaking class. Students should expect to participate actively in class.

 

CMST 21500-01 Argumentation and Debate HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Job Hall 211, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students enrolled in this class will learn how to: formulate and analyze propositions, develop and conduct strategies for research, organize and analyze arguments, evaluate support for arguments, and prepare affirmative and negative cases. Students will also learn techniques for the presentation of arguments informal contexts and techniques for cross examination.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion, participation in in-class arguments.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text: Ziegelmueller, George and Jack Kay. Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy. 3rd Edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.

 

CMST 21900-01 Communication Studies Practicum NLA

CREDITS: 1

INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Job Hall 211, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: One course in humanities and/or social sciences.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Practical experience in competitive speech on campus, in intercollegiate events, and in the community at large; debate and legislative assemblies, discussion, informative persuasive speaking, impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, oral interpretation, dramatic duos and readers theater.

NOTE: The instructor will designate the minimum activities required to receive credit. May only be taken pass/fail. Maybe repeated for a total of 8 credits.

 

CMST 21900-02 Communication Studies Practicum NLA

CREDITS: 1

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: Permission of Instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course involves active participation in intercollegiate mock trial competitions. Working from a case developed by the American Mock Trial Association, students will prepare for and perform the role of attorneys and witnesses in mock trial competitions. Preparation forth is activity involves developing a theory of the case and preparing opening statements, closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/performance/competition

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Pass/fail only

 

CMST 23000-01 Analysis and Performance of Literature 3A 3B FA LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the performance of literature. Students will perform from major genres of literature (poetry, prose fiction, and prose non-fiction), with an emphasis on solo performance; there may also be some consideration of group performance of literature.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and work shop performance rounds.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Each student will present 4-6 classroom performances. In addition, students will write brief analytic papers, related to their performances. There may also be occasional quizzes over reading assignments and content discussed during in-class lecture-discussion.

 

CMST 26900-01 Selected Topics: Perspectives on Communication Research HULA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ozge Girit Heck, Muller 331, Ext. 4-3035

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: One course in CMST or CLTC.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces the premises of knowledge construction from a variety of perspectives in the communication studies discipline including humanistic, social scientific, and critical.

Students will read and critique scholarly literature from multiple perspectives with the goal of becoming more confident and critical readers of published research in communication studies.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Combination of papers and exams.

 

CMST 32000-01 ST: Communication at the Bargaining Table: Conflict Resolution Theory, Law and Practice HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 318, Ext. 4-3542

ENROLLMENT: 16

PREREQUISITE: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences; Courtrooms and Communication, or by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is about conflict resolution through communication and, specifically, through methods established and regulated by law to manage bilateral conflict, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The course will move from theoretical to experiential. It will begin with the study of communication and conflict theory, and then move to contemporary and practical approaches to conflict management. From there, it will survey the legal framework underlying several established methods of conflict resolution, and then examine documented instances of conflict in various settings, such as business, community relations, labor management relations, international trade and international disputes. Throughout the course students will participate in mock exercises where they will assume roles of party participants to conflicts in these settings.

 

CMST 32700-01 Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric 3A H HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: CMST – 11000 or CMST – 12000 and junior standing.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College Students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course consider show theories of communication are constructions of their times, emphasizing the relationship between the study of communication and accepted views on the nature of truth and knowledge. From the beginnings of western civilization (Aristotle) to contemporary global society (Foucault and Habermas), the course explores links between communication and reason/sanity, faith, science, and power. The course reading list includes a variety of sources and genres, such as academic theorists, journalists, and personal diaries.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Mostly discussion with some lecturing.

 

CMST 34700-01 Intercultural Communication, “ICC Diversity” 1 G LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, Ext. 4-7335

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: CMST 14000; CMST 14900; three additional credits in speech communication.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will critically examine emergent perspectives in cross cultural communication theory and research. Our goal in this class is to explore how these perspectives are radically redefining how we understand communication across cultures along with other concepts such as culture, identity, and the making of a "good society." Theoretically rooted in the idea of a socially constructed reality, we will examine how our communication practices shape and reshape our cultural realities through an international analysis of media channels and political controversies, to name only a few.

 

CMST 38903-01, 02 ST: Political Communication: Campaigns & Elections HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITE: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences or by permission of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: With the continual evolution of technology along with the introduction of new campaign financing statutes, how we elect the President continues to change accordingly. Our efforts in this course will explore shifts in campaign strategy overtime, particularity regarding how messages are created, delivered and received in relation to a shifting demographic landscape. In this course, we will critique past presidential argumentation, create campaign ads, along with other assignments and activities designed to provide students with the background needed for campaign and election orientated career sand beyond.

 

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS: 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 417, Ext. 4-3930

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Cumulative GPA of 2.30; permission of speech communication faculty. Variable credit.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and a non-site practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student’s plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. Credits earned with this course may not be used as upper-level elective credit toward a speech communication major.

 

CMST 43901-01 Queer Performance Studies: Cultural and Aesthetic Perspectives HU

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITE: 6 credits in CMST or WMST/WGST 22000

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Seminar participants will consider the emerging field of “queer performance studies,” as rooted in theory and practice of performance and viewed through the lenses of “queerness.” Queerness was initially a site of sexuality, but now intersects with other categories (e.g., race, nationality, gender, disability, class, and body identity). Students will look at two foundational texts in queer performance studies, then move on to the study of traditional and experimental theatrical representations of queerness. Finally, participants will examine the intersection of queer performance with cultural performance traditions (including black, Latin @, Asian/American, Native American/indigenous, crip) in the Americas.

 

CMST 45100-01 Communication and Social Influence LA SS

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ozge Girit Heck, Muller 331,Ext. 4-3035

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: 14000; 14900, one level 3or above “application” course in Communication Studies.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTON: We will examine current theories of social influence and their relationship to communication. Focus is on analyzing current persuasion practices in terms of theories such as social learning and self-persuasion, attribution theory, information processing, and social change and on applying theories to real-life situations.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion, seminar format.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Texts to be announced. Papers/projects and exams.

 

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS: 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 417, Ext. 4-3930

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (CMST) major, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) faculty. Variable credit, up to 12 credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and a cooperating practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student’s plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. No more than 6 credits may be used toward the major.

 

 

 

 

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