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Past Years' Courses - Spring 2012

Department of Communication Studies - Spring 2012

Communication Studies is a humanistic and scientific field of study, research, and application. Its focus is upon how, why, and with what effects people communicate through spoken language and associated nonverbal messages.

Five programs are offered through the Department of Communication Studies:
• Communication Studies-SPCM: a major and a minor. Students are admitted following an interview with the department chairperson.
• Culture and Communication-CLTC: a major and a minor. 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 Introduction Culture and Communication LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITIES: 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 11000–01 MEDIA LITERACY AND POPULAR CULTURE 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Cyndy Scheibe, Williams 115B, Ext. 4-1324
ENROLLMENT: 60
PREREQUISTIES: Open to freshmen and sophomores only.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of media literacy with an emphasis on developing skills in analysis and evaluation of media messages, as well as an understanding of critical thinking and the mediated communication process. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from many fields (especially communications, psychology, and education), the course includes analyses of messages from both traditional (e.g., print, TV, film) and digital (e.g., websites, social media) formats, drawn from both popular and educational media, and examines the effects of media messages on beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Working individually and in small groups, students also create their own media messages, while reflecting on their roles as media producers and the impact of their messages on others.

Speech Communication Courses (course names will soon become Communication Studies to match department name)

SPCM 11000-all sections PUBLIC COMMUNICATION 3A HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01: Jodi Cohen, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3025
Section 02: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 03: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
Section 04: Jodi Cohen, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3025
Section 05: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
Section 06: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 07: Heather Brecht, Admin. Annex #127, Ext. 4-3429
Section 08: Heather Brecht, Admin. Annex #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.

SPCM 11500-all sections BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01, 02: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
Sections 03: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
Sections 04 & 05: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 06 & 07: 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.

SPCM 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.

SPCM 13200-01 STORYTELLING 3B FA LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Regina Carpenter, Muller 402, 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.

SPCM 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.

SPCM 14000-02 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
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.

SPCM 14900-01 FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnson, Muller 407, 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.

SPCM 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.

SPCM 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.

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

SPCM 23100-01 HONORS INTERMEDIATE SEMINAR: TROUBLING MASCULINITIES: QUEER/CRIP NOVEL La 3b
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES:
STUDENTS: Only open to students in Honors Program.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Seminar examining masculinities in selected 19th an 20th century novels through the lenses of queer theory and disability studies. Students will create and present performances drawn from these novels, as well as write critical and analytical papers. Writers to include such figures as Goethe, Melville, James, Wilde, Huysmans, Forster, Isherwood, Bellow, and Hollinghurst.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Critical discussion, analytic writing, performances

SPCM 23101-01 HONORS INTERMEDIATE SEMINAR: I, TOO/WE TWO: PERFORM HURSTON AND HUGHES LA 3b
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES:
STUDENTS: Open to student enrolled in Honors Program only.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a performance-centered seminar in the major works of the two most prominent writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance: Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. We will take a comparative approach, looking at the parallel careers of these two writers, considering their work in such genres as memoir, novel, and drama, as well as their singular accomplishments (Hurston as folklorist, Hughes as poet), In addition to primary texts by Hurston and Hughes, students will read other works of the time, historical studies, and theoretical texts. Students will create and present performances drawn from both writers, as well as write critical and analytical papers.
COURE FORMAT/STYLE: Performances, critical discussion, some forms of written analysis

SPCM 28900-01 SELECTED TOPICS: COMMUNICATION STUDIES: POLITICAL COMMUNIATION: CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: Two courses in SPCM (Communication Studies) and an additional course in the humanities or social sciences.
STUDENTS: All students who meet the prerequisites are welcome. Counts for research methods requirement for Communication Studies majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Campaigns and elections, whether they are state, local, Congressional or otherwise, are always active and always competitive. How and in what ways candidates and their staffers create and package “the message,” impacts public opinion, perception, along with other polling variables. In this course, we will read, analyze, critique and create Gubernatorial, Senate& Presidential campaigns, underscoring the discursive communicative strategies within (1) campaign television commercials (2) televised debates (3) interviews (4) and social media.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/Discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, Critiques of Scholarly Articles, Exams

SPCM 32600-01 CLASSICAL THEORIES OF RHETORIC 3A H HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 212, Ext. 4-3930
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SPCM-11000 or SPCM-11500
STUDENTS: This course should be of interest, not only to Communication Studies (SPCM) 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 auctor 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.

SPCM 34700-01 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1 G LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SPCM 14000; SPCM 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 and within cultures along with other concepts such as 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.

SPCM 38900-01 SELECTED TOPICS: ORAL ADVOCACY IN ARBITRATION AND THE COURTS HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITE: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences, and Courtrooms and Communication, or by permission of instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an advanced communication performance course set in various legal contexts that focuses specifically on delivery of opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, closing arguments, and oral argument of motions and appeals. Students will be expected to learn techniques of legal reasoning and argumentation, in conformity with procedural and evidentiary rules, and apply these techniques to oral advocacy in legal settings. The curriculum will highly engage students in course readings and observation and critique of oral advocacy from professional legal training materials; cinematic portrayals; actual trials, hearings, arbitrations or oral arguments; and in-class performances. This course is an applied law elective in the Legal Studies Major.

SPCM 39500-01 INTERNSHIP: SPEECH COMMUNICATION 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.

SPCM 45100-01 COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnson, Muller 407, Ext. 4-1124
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: 319-14000; 319-14900, one level 3 or above “application” course in Speech Communication.
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.

SPCM 45900-01 SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION THEORY: “RHETORICS OF THE BLACK CHURCH: SEX, RELIGION & HIV/AIDS ACROSS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA” 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216
ENROLLMENT: 16
STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The AIDS Epidemic is biological, biomedical, as well as cultural and linguistic. As such, various groups have employed competing medical, medico-moral, ethical, rights and religious discourses on HIV/AIDS to understand better and to make sense of the presence of the disease in their communities. In this course, we will engage in rhetorical investigations -or discoveries, analyses, evaluations, critiques, of representative samples of religious rhetoric’s (e.g. sermons, songs, booklets, seminars, etc) from Protestant Christian (e.g. Baptist, Pentecostal, Non-Denominational, etc) religious leaders of African descent from three areas of the world --sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States (Washington, D.C. area), currently ravaged by HIV/AIDS. On a weekly basis, students will take up an in-depth reading of significant theories that inform current religious discourse on HIV/AIDS including, Specifically, our case-study examples of religious rhetoric on HIV/AIDS will illuminate salient HIV/AIDS-related themes such as social justice, stigma, poverty, racism, homophobia, human sexuality, disenfranchisement, and classism, as well as concerns of grief, suffering, disease, and death.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture- discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Text(s) to be announced. Papers, presentations, exams, attendance and participation.

SPCM 49500-01 INTERNSHIP: COMMUNICATION STUDIES NLA
CREDITS 1-12
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (SPCM) major, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; permission of Communication Studies (SPCM) 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.

SPCM 49800-01 DIRECTED RESEARCH LA
CREDITS 1-4
INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnson, Muller 407, Ext. 4-1124
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (SPCM) major or minor, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior standing; permission of Communication Studies (SPCM) faculty. 1-4 credits.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research project arranged at student request an individual instructor in Communication Studies (SPCM). Offered on demand only. No more than 3 credits may be used toward the major.

 

 

Department of Communication Studies - Fall 2011

Communication Studies is a humanistic and scientific field of study, research, and application. Its focus is upon how, why, and with what effects people communicate through spoken language and associated nonverbal messages.

Five programs are offered through the Department of Communication Studies:
• Speech Communication-SPCM: a major and a minor. Students are admitted following an interview with the department chairperson.
• Culture and Communication-CLTC: a major and a minor. 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
Sections 01 & 02:
ENROLLMENT: 25 each section
PREREQUISITIES: 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) communication, space and design (2) cultural forces and trends producing and defining cosmopolitanism (3) the cultural, racial and socio-political aspects present within cosmopolitan studies and (4) how these forces and trends are challenging dominant models of knowledge.

CLTC 23000–01 SPECIAL TOPIC: MEDIA CONSTRUCTION OF SUSTAINABILITY: FOOD, WATER AND AGRICULTURE HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Scheibe, Williams 115B, Ext. 4-1324
PREREQUISTIES: Sophomore standing and above.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will use the principles and practices of media literacy to examine how media messages are constructed and how they affect our individual and collective understanding about sustainability as it pertains to food, water and agriculture. We will explore diverse perspectives on sustainability with a focus on social justice, climate change, economics and the depletion of fossil fuels. Students will develop media decoding skills and practice critical reading and analysis of media documents pertaining to sustainability. Each student will conduct and present an original content analysis project researching how a particular topic related to sustainability has been presented in the media.

CLTC 48000-01 SENIOR SEMINAR IN CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION LA
Topic: Disability Culture: Communication and the Arts
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing in culture and communication major; TVR 26200, CNPH 30000, CNPH 30100, OCLD 34000, or SPCM 32800.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the capstone experience for students in the Culture and Communication major; it is open to other students interested in the topic if space permits and preparation is appropriate. This semester, we will focus on disability as a culture (or set of cultures) and the ways in which disability is involved in the production of artistic performances, texts, and objects (such as music, film, television, and so forth). We will also consider how disability is involved in the culture of higher education.

Speech Communication Courses


SPCM 11000-all sections PUBLIC COMMUNICATION 3A HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS:
Sections 01: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Sections 02 & 03: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
Section 04: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 05 & 06: Heather Brecht, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3429
Section 07: Scott Thomson, Williams 206, 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.

SPCM 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: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
Sections 05: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
Section 06 & 07: David Smith, Muller 421, Ext. 4-5794
Section 08 & 09: STAFF
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.

SPCM 12000-01, 02 COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND RHETORIC 1 HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Jodi Cohen, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3025
ENROLLMENT: 25 each section
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.

SPCM 12400-01 COURTROOMS AND COMMUNICATION 1 HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
ENROLLMENT: 24
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.

SPCM 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.

SPCM 14900-01 FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnson, Muller 407, 4-1124
ENROLLMENT: 25 each section
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.

SPCM 21500-01 ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Williams 206, 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.

SPCM 21900-01 COMMUNICATION STUDIES PRACTICUM NLA
1 CREDIT
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Williams 206, 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.

SPCM 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.

SPCM 28900-01 SELECTED TOPICS: COMMUNICATION STUDIES HU LA
TOPIC: Research Perspectives in Communication
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Jodi Cohen, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3025
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: Two courses in SPCM (Communication Studies) and an additional course in the humanities or social sciences.
STUDENTS: All students who meet the prerequisites are welcome. Counts for research methods requirement for Communication Studies majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how knowledge is constructed in the fields of Communication. Students will become more informed readers of scholarly journal content as well as more critical consumers of what we claim to know about communication and how we know it.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture/Discussion
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, Critiques of Scholarly Articles, Exams

SPCM 32400-01 RHETORIC AND SOCIAL ORDER LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 18
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores both past and present developments regarding bilingualism in both the United States and Canada. Whether it be landmark Canadian Supreme Court cases, debates within the United States Congress, or political commentary concerned with shifting patterns of immigration, this course will approach this movement diachronically. At the base of this movement and for purposes of analysis, questions of national identity, degrees of assimilation, and cultural/racial/linguistic hierarchies will be discussed. To this end, this course examines the many debates surrounding bilingualism and the various residual messages produced as a result.

SPCM 32600-01 CLASSICAL THEORIES OF RHETORIC 3A H HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Sullivan, Muller 212, Ext. 4-3930
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SPCM-11000 or SPCM-11500
STUDENTS: This course should be of interest, not only to Communication Studies (SPCM) 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 auctor 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.

SPCM 33300-01 ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE OF PROSE FA LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTION: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SPCM 23000, or three courses in Communication Studies (SPCM) and/or theater.
STUDENTS: Open to all students meeting the prerequisites. Counts as an Applications course for Communication Studies (SPCM) majors and as an upper-level elective for minors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of analysis, cutting, adaptation, and performance techniques appropriate to oral interpretation of expository, descriptive, and narrative prose literature. Solo and ensemble performance experience, and performance evaluation experience. We will read texts by such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Mario Vargas Llosa, Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera Sherwood Anderson, and Elizabeth Strout, among others. We will consider both individual texts and intertextual relationships between texts. Emphasis is on close reading, critical discussion, and performance of fictional narratives.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and workshop performance rounds.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Each student will present 3-4 performances drawn from texts studied in class. In addition, students will write analytic papers to accompany the performances.

SPCM 34600-01 GENDER AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SPCM-14000, SPCM-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.

SPCM 35300-01 LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnson, Muller 407, Ext. 4-1124
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Junior standing and three courses in Communication Studies (SPCM).
STUDENTS: Open to all students interest in studying use of language in everyday interaction.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will apply and evaluate theoretical explanations that have been advanced to describe the social dimensions of human language use. Particular attention will focus on the interactive dimensions of politeness, humor, and slang.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion, seminar format.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Major application project, several short papers, debates, exams.

SPCM 49500-01 INTERNSHIP: COMMUNICATION STUDIES NLA
CREDITS 1/12
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (SPCM) major, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; permission of Communication Studies (SPCM) 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.

SPCM 49800-01 DIRECTED RESEARCH LA
CREDITS ¼
INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnson, Muller 407, Ext. 4-1124
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITES: Communication Studies (SPCM) major or minor, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; junior standing; permission of Communication Studies (SPCM) faculty. 1-4 credits.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research project arranged at student request an individual instructor in Communication Studies (SPCM). Offered on demand only. No more than 3 credits may be used toward the major.

SPCM 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 (SPCM) 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 (SPCM) 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.

 

 

Speech Communication Department - Spring 2011

Speech Communication is a humanistic and scientific field of study, research and application. Its focus is upon how, why, and with what effects people communicate through spoken language and associated nonverbal messages.

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication is recommended for students who want a broad liberal arts background as preparation for possible careers in public relations, business, government, social services, law, and other professions, or for graduate study. Students are admitted to the program following an interview with the department chairperson.

The department also offers a minor. Students interested in declaring a speech communication minor should contact the department chairperson.

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

SPCM 11000-all PUBLIC COMMUNICATION 3A HU LA
3 CREDITS
01: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
02: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542
03: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
04: Heather Brecht, Muller 402, Ext. 4-3429
05: Heather Brecht, Muller 402, Ext. 4-3429
06: Scott Thomson, Williams 206, Ext. 4-3670
07: Scott Thomson, Williams 206, Ext. 4-3670
ENROLLMENT: 18
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.

SPCM 11500-all BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS HU LA
3 CREDITS
01: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
02: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
03: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
04: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
05: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
06: Howard Erlich, Muller 432, Ext. 4-3534
07: David Smith, Muller 429, Ext. 4-5794
08: David Smith, Muller 429, Ext. 4-5794
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: 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 problem solving 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 will also be provided in effective management techniques and skills at writing 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.

SPCM 12000-01, 02 COMMUNICATION, CULTURE, & RHETORIC 1 HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Jodi Cohen, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3025
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: None.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Cultures shape ideas, identities and actions through speeches, films, music, rituals and other forms of communication. The course introduces students to a vocabulary for critically evaluating public communication and its role in our culture. 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 write critical essays on communication texts of their choosing.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Papers, participation, regular quizzes.

SPCM 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.

SPCM 13200-01, 02 STORYTELLING 3B FA LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Lee-Ellen Marvin, Muller 429, 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.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Combination of lecture-discussion and workshop-performance rounds.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Three storytelling performances, short written responses to assigned readings, class participation, and a written study of the impact of one folktale in modern life.

SPCM 14000-01 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, Muller 402, Ext. 4-1067
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: 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. Examinations.

SPCM 21900-02 SPEECH COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM NLA
1 CREDIT
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Thomson, Williams 206, Ext. 4-3670
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Permission of instructor; participation in one of the department’s cocurricular programs (such as debate or readers’ theater). Pass/fail only.
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.

SPCM 22600-01 Health Communication LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Bruce Henderson, Muller 422, Ext. 4-3931
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing or above
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the field of health communication, including origins and development. Presents theories of health behavior and communication and how they relate to one another in practice. Examines communication between health professionals and clients, and the roles media play in the health care industry and the delivery of health services. Cross-listed with HLTH 22600. Students may not receive credit for both HLTH 22600 and SPCM 22600.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture-discussion; group and individual projects, oral and written.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Midterm, final; two or three short papers; individual and group presentations.

SPCM 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 three 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.

SPCM 32700-01 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF RHETORIC 3A H HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Jodi Cohen, Muller 415, Ext. 4-3025
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITES: SPCM-11000 or SPCM-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.

SPCM 34700-01 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1 G LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 432, Ext. 4-7335
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: SPCM 14000; SPCM 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.

SPCM 34800-01 FAMILY COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-35778
ENROLLMENT: 18
PREREQUISITE: SPCM-14000 or SPCM-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.

SPCM 38900-01 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
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.

SPCM 39500-01 INTERNSHIP: SPEECH COMMUNICATION 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.

SPCM 49500-01 INTERNSHIP: SPEECH COMMUNICATION NLA
CREDITS 1/12
INSTRUCTORS: Laurie Arliss, Muller 413, Ext. 4-3578
ENROLLMENT: 5
PREREQUISITE: Speech communication major, with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in the major; permission of speech communication 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.

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


 

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