Courses: Current and Upcoming

Past Year's Courses - Spring 2013

Department of Communication Studies Spring 2013

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. 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 10000-01, 02 Introduction Culture and Communication LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216
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.

Communication Studies Courses

CMST 11000-all sections Public Communication 3A HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01, 02: Darin Gully, Muller 408, Ext. 4-1124
Section 03: Chris Langone, Admin. Annex. 127, Ext. 4-3025
Section 04: Scott Thomson, CHS 419, Ext. 4-3670
Section 05: Heather Brecht, Muller 402 #127, Ext. 4-3429
Section 06, 07: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 08: Heather Brecht, Muller 402 #127, Ext. 4-3429
Section 09: Scott Thomson, CHS 419, Ext. 4-3670
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: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
Section 03: (ONLINE) Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
Sections 04, 05: David Smith, Admin. Annex 127, 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 12400-01, 02 Courtrooms and Communication 1 HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: 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: 20
PREREQUISITES: 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 14900-01 Fundamentals of Interpersonal 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: 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 benefits of this course are 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 14900-02 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Darin Gully, Muller 407, Ext. 4-1124
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 benefits of this course are 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
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 23000-01 Analysis and Performance of Literature 3A 3B FA LA
3 CREDITS
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 workshop 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 32700-01 Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric 3A H HU LA
3 CREDITS
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 considers how 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, 02 Intercultural Communication 1 G LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: CMST 14000; CMST 14900; three additional credits in communication studies.
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 34800-01 Family Communication 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-35778
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: CMST-14000 or CMST-14900. Two courses in the social sciences and sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Any student who has fulfilled the prerequisites.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will explore the family from a communication perspective. Students study the dominant theories and methodologies that illuminate communication about and within the contemporary American family. Emphasis is on the central role communication plays in determining expectations and realities in a diversity of situations (e.g., nuclear, extended, single-parent, blended, voluntarily childless, gay/lesbian couple families.)
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/discussion, seminar format.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Examinations, papers and independent projects.

CMST 38903-01 ST: Political Communication: Campaigns & Elections HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: 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.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:

CMST 38904-01 ST: Communication at the Bargaining Table: Conflict Resolution Theory, Law and Practice HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 318, Ext. 4-3542
ENROLLMENT: 16
PREREQUISITES: 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 38905-01 ST: Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication in the Digital Age SS LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Darin Gully, Muller 407, Ext. 4-1124
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Topics of current interest. Examples include small group dynamics, research methodology, interracial/intercultural communication, conflict management, and male/female relationships. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar
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 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 studies faculty. 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 speech communication major.

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.

CMST 49800-01 Directed Research LA
CREDITS 1-4
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (CMST) major or minor, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior standing; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) faculty. 1-4 credits.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research project arranged at student request an individual instructor in Communication Studies (CMST). Offered on demand only. No more than 3 credits may be used toward the major.

 

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