Courses: Current and Upcoming

Past Semester's Courses - Fall 2013

Department of Communication Studies – Fall ‘13

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 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 03: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
Section 04: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 05: Scott Thomson, CHS #419, Ext. 4-3670
Section 06: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, 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 Communications HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01, 02: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
Sections 03 & 04: Heather Brecht, Muller 402, Ext. 4-3429
Section 05: David Smith, Admin. Annex 127, Ext. 4-5794
Section 07: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
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, 02 Communication, Culture and Rhetoric 1 HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: None.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, we explore the idea that popular culture—the everyday messages to which the public is exposed, especially through mass media—is the dominant rhetorical, i.e., persuasive, influence in most people’s lives today. Thus, we interrogate the rhetorical instruments or means by which we are influenced by popular culture, as we study the dimensions of our lives that are most affected, i.e., our social identities. Specifically, this course includes a close examination of the ways communicative processes (e.g., language, media, discourse) are used to construct dominant and non-dominant social identities, e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, and how those identities are thus reproduced, internalized, contested and/or appropriated by society. This course provides students with a theoretical vocabulary for critically evaluating public, mediated, and culture-centered communication. The critical vocabulary, theories, and methods of criticism that organize this course are drawn from Media-centered, Marxist, Narrative/Dramatistic, Psychoanalytic, and Feminist schools of thought. Taught from a humanities perspective, the main goal of this course is to inform and to make students aware of the rhetorical influences in their everyday life and how those influences come to bear on the ways we perform our social identities.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Coursepack, papers, participation, regular quizzes.

CMST 12400-01, 02 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 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 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 22600-01 Health Communication LA SS

3 CREDITS – CREDIT MAY NOT BE GRANTED FOR THIS COURSE AND HPS 22600-01

INSTRUCTOR: Stewart Auyash, Hill Center 7, Ext. 4-1312

ENROLLMENT: 23

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: Perspective on Communication Research HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
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 communication studies 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 28901-01 Selected Topics: Communication Studies: Communication, Race and Public Policy HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES:
COURSE DECRIPTION: What does it mean to be “American?” Who is and is not included and what policy barricades have been constructed to enforce these shifting definitions? In this course, we will consider these questions as they relate to African Americans and Latinos. Our diachronic approach toward answering these questions will include the analyses of documentaries, speech texts, court opinions, Congressional debates, and the policies they produce. In particular, our study of race and national identity will include: anti- miscegenation, Civil Rights/Massive Resistance, bilingual education and English-only, to name only a few.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:

CMST 32600-01 Classical Theories of Rhetoric 3A H HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 212, Ext. 4-3930
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: CMST-11000 or CMST-11500
STUDENTS: This course should be of interest, not only to Communication Studies (CMST) majors, but also to upper level students of literature or composition, philosophy, history, politics, mass communication, or law.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a systematic inquiry into the rhetorical theory of the classical period. Special emphasis will be placed on the nature of rhetoric, per se, and the problems which spurred its development in the Greco-Roman world. Close attention will be paid to the intense controversies which have attended rhetoric from the time of its conceptualization; regarding its status as an art, its scope and constituent doctrines, its ethical standing, and its place in the educational system. Authors to be treated in detail will include several of the Older Sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Anaximenes, Hermagoras, the anonymous actor of the Rhetorica ad Herennium, Cicero, Quintilian, and Hermogenes.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course will be conducted as a seminar. The course instructor will lecture as needed to supply context and continuity, but the backbone of the course will be the students engagement with the primary texts.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Required texts and supplemental readings.

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 speech communication 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 42901-01 Seminar in Pubic Communication: Disability, Rhetorical History, and Human Rights 3A,h
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
ENROLLMENT: 10
PREREQUISITES: Two courses in CMST or permission of instructor
OBJECTIVES:. This seminar will focus on the history of the struggle for human rights for people with disabilities, focusing on significant rhetorical texts, movements, and episodes in US, British, and European history. We will begin by examining what it means to study a "rhetorical history," including paradigmatic theories of social movement rhetoric, and then move to examining the history of disabilities, primarily in the US, from pre-Columbian cultures to the present day (with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries). Students will each select a topic of interest to them, related to the course content, and do an in-depth study, using primary and secondary documents, culminating in a research paper and a class presentation. Topics for such studies may include the following: eugenics; physician-assisted suicide; genetic selection; the Deaf President Now movement; Mad Pride and the ex-psychiatry movement; HIV/AIDS as disability; the Americans with Disabilities Act.
STUDENTS: All are welcome.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Seminar, with midterm and final exams, research paper, oral presentation, and class participation.

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA
CREDITS 1-12
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 10
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: 10
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.

CMST 49900-01 Independent Study: Communication Studies LA
1-4 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 10
PREREQUISITE: Cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in major; junior or senior standing; permission of communication studies faculty.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Special reading and research under the supervision of the department. Must not duplicate standard coursework. Application must be made to the communication studies faculty before preregistration for the semester in which the study is to be undertaken. Offered on demand only. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

 

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