Upcoming Courses for Spring 2015

Past Years' Courses Fall 2012

Department of Communication Studies – Fall 2012

Four 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.
• Health Communication: a minor. Studies 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 10000-01, 02 Introduction Culture and Communication LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 25
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 23000-01 Special Topics: Media Literacy and Constructions of Presidential
Campaign
s HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Cyndy Scheibe, Williams 115B, Ext. 4-1324
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing. Can be repeated for up to 6 credits when topics vary.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Using the principles and practice of media literacy, this course will examine how media messages are constructed and how they affect our individual and collective understanding of specific topics. Students will develop critical decoding skills through analysis of current and historical media documents. A wide range of media forms will be explored, including digital, audio, audiovisual, and print-based media. Each year the seminar will focus on a different topic reflecting current issues and media literacy curricula developed at the College (e.g., environmental issues, social justice, peace and war). Because 2012 is a presidential election year, so the topic will be....

CLTC 48000-01 Senior Seminar in Culture and Communication LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 212, Ext. 4-3930
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing in culture and communication major; TVR 26200, CNPH 30000, CNPH 30100, OCLD 3400, or SPCM 32800.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course investigates the role of ethics in human communication. Ethics can be said to be engaged in any human action when three conditions are present; 1) when the action has an impact on others, 2) when the action is the result of a relatively unconstrained choice, 3) and when the action can be judged by some criteria of moral preferability. Communication is, by its nature, an interactive process and very often part of an intentionally, if not strategically, contrived decision-making system. Accordingly, it is most important that we make a systematic attempt to make moral sense of human communication.

Communication Studies Courses

CMST 11000-all sections Public Communication 3A HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 02: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
Section 03: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 04: Heather Brecht, Admin. Annex #127, Ext. 4-3429
Section 05: Heather Brecht, Admin. Annex #127, Ext. 4-3429
Section 06: TBA
Section 07: TBA
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 Communications HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01, 02, 03: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
Sections 04 & 05: David Smith, Muller 421, Ext. 4-5794
ENROLLMENT: 20 each section
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
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, CHS #419, Ext. 4-3670
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
3 CREDITS
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 Storytelling 3B FA LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Regina Carpenter, Muller 415, Ext. 4-1546
ENROLLMENT: 25
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
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: To acquaint students with contemporary theories of group development and dynamics. To provide a variety of group situations in which students can experience these dynamics and learn how their participation relates to small group theory.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion, small group exercises and assignments.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Attendance and participation in formal group presentations, simulations and group exercises, exams, projects and class participation.

CMST 21500-01 Argumentation and Debate HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, CHS #419, 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 in formal 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
1 CREDIT
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, CHS #419, 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. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

CMST 21900-02 Communication Studies Practicum NLA
1 CREDIT
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 for this 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 22000-01 Honors Seminar American Eloquence LA 3a h
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 212, Ext. 4-3930
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: None.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will be offered in a seminar format. We will explore both the theoretical and contextual dimensions of communication ethics. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship of truth (and truth-telling) to human communication. The seminar will be conducted around a set of readings meant to supply both a common vocabulary and an understanding of basic conceptual frameworks, including ends/means, situational, pragma-dialectical, and habituation ethics. We will use these to discuss a number of case studies. Each participant will be required to construct a reality-based case study and lead the seminar in discussion of it.

CMST 22600-01 Health Communication LA SS
3 CREDITS – CREDIT MAY NOT BE GRANTED FOR THIS COURSE AND HPS 22500-01
INSTRUCTOR: Stewart Auyash, Hill Center 24, Ext. 4-1312
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing or above.
STUDENTS: All majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to theories of health behavior and communication and how they relate to one another in practice. Examination of communication between health professionals and clients. The role media play in the health care industry and the delivery of health services, including media representations of health and medicine. Developing and critiquing public health education campaigns. Cross-listed with HLTH 22600-01.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Diverse readings about theory and practice. Class discussion about readings, applied theories, and media.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams, papers, and oral presentations.

CMST 28900-01 Selected Topics: Research Methods in Communication Studies HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: TBA
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for upper-level courses in speech communication by helping students understand the premises of knowledge construction in the discipline and become informed consumers of scholarly journal content from a range of methodological perspectives included in communication.

CMST 33400-01 Group Performance of Literature 3B FA LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITE: CMST 23000 or three courses in communication studies and/or theater.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of the principles and practice of readers’ theater as a creative and presentational art form. Includes study of adaptation and compilation scripting; direction and performance of ensemble interpretation projects. Typically, the course culminates in a public performance produced by class members, usually centered on a specific text or theme we have explored throughout the semester.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion/workshops
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Because of the group nature of the course, absolutely faithful attendance is required for the course. Students will be required to write a paper analyzing an adaptation of a literary text to stage, film, or other media and to do a number of brief adaptation and direction assignments. The majority of the coursework and time will be devoted to the production of the class performance.
TEXTS: Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation Yordon, Experimental Theatre: Creating and Staging Texts Plus additional texts relevant to the theme chosen for the semester.

CMST 34600-01 Gender and Interpersonal Communication 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: CMST-14000, CMST-14900 or two courses in the social sciences; sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Any student who has fulfilled the prerequisites.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
1. To determine and review the linguistic and nonverbal differences between women’s and men’s communication patterns deciding the extent to which there are separate male and female registers, and to consider which patterns and strategies should be part of an “ideal” register.
2. To examine how gender-based roles reinforce the status quo, with special attention to the effects of gendered language on self-identity and interpersonal interactions.
3. To allow class members a chance to share and discuss topics of concern and work out their own strategies for dealing with one another as women and men.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion, class activities. Students contract for graded assignments from a menu of possibilities offered at the beginning of the semester. Students must select examinations, but may select attendance/participation, papers, and/or group projects.

CMST 38900-01 Selected Topics: Electing the President HU LA
3 CREDITS
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 over time, 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 careers and beyond.

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA
CREDITS 1-12
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Cumulative GPA of 2.30; permission of communication fstudies aculty. Variable credit.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and an on-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 communication studies major.

CMST 45900-01 Seminar in Communication Theory: The Rhetoric of Religion: Sin, Salvation, & The Simpsons 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216
ENROLLMENT: 10
STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will examine rhetorical spaces where religion and culture meet in popular expression with an eye not so much toward specific behaviors and narratives that invite religious interpretation, but rather toward non-traditional sites where Americans seem to be turning (or being led) for resources in the day-to-day task of building their spiritual and moral lives. The reconstitution of these own popular “churches” provide religious elements once monopolized by traditional churches. As such, this course interrogates a variety of rhetorical aspects of religious experiences, themes, morals and values that are presented in and through a much wider range of products and practices that take on religious connotations, while remaining ostensibly secular sites of experience.
Employing religion as both rhetorical perspective and vocabulary for interpreting rhetoric, and an object of study that lends itself to rhetorical analysis, students will understand how the identification of The Simpsons, or a rap concert, or a television show as “religious” hangs not so much on a definition of religion as it does on a set of rhetorical markers that are suggestive of religious meaning. Church is church, but a Jay-Z concert, for instance, seem to be nearly whatever his ‘followers’ want it to be, often including experiences of spiritual transformation and transcendence. Other religious themes taken up in this course include: transgression, redemptive violence, redemptive acts, “popular” preachers, e.g. Jay-Z, Kanye West, & Lady Gaga, animated Saviors, e.g., The Simpson, South Park, & Family Guy, and death and the afterlife. While we readily recognize these themes in formal religious institutions, we are often less conscious of mediated, non-traditional “churches” that communicate these themes to us daily via popular culture. Although this class is on a religious subject, the course is not religious in terms of doctrine, theology, or conversion.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture- discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Papers, presentations, exams, attendance and participation.

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA
CREDITS 1-12
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
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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