Courses: Current and Upcoming

Upcoming Courses Fall 2014

Department of Communication Studies – Fall ‘14

 

Three programs are offered through the Department of Communication Studies:

  • Communication Studies-CMST: a major and a minor. Students are admitted

following an interview with the department chairperson.

  • Culture and Communication-CLTC: a major. Students are admitted following

an interview with the program coordinator.

 

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

 

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

 

Culture and Communication Courses

 

CLTC 10000-01, 02 Introduction Culture and Communication LA

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: None.

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

 

CLTC 48000-01 Senior Seminar in Culture and Communication LA

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 15

PREREQUISITES: Senior standing in culture and communication major; TVR 26200, CNPH 30000, CNPH 30100, OCLD 3400, or SPCM 32800.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course investigates the role of ethics in human communication. Ethics can be said to be engaged in any human action when three conditions are present; 1) when the action has an impact on others, 2) when the action is the result of a relatively unconstrained choice, 3) and when the action can be judged by some criteria of moral preferability. Communication is, by its nature, an interactive process and very often part of an intentionally, if not strategically, contrived decision-making system. Accordingly, it is most important that we make a systematic attempt to make moral sense of human communication.

 

Communication Studies Courses

 

CMST 11000-all sections Public Communication 3A HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTORS:

Section 01: Michael Whelan, Muller 421, Ext. 4-3542

Section 02: Scott Thomson, CHS 419, Ext. 4-3670

Section 03, 04: Howard Erlich, CHS 417, 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, 03: Ann Byrne, CHS 418, Ext. 4-1067

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

Section 06: David Smith, Rothschild Pl. 126, Ext. 4-5794

Section 07: Chris Langone

Section 08 – ONLINE (ONLY): Laurie Arliss, CHS 414, Ext. 4-3578

Section 09: David Smith, Rothschild Pl. 126, Ext. 4-5794

ENROLLMENT: 20 each section

PREREQUISITES: None.

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

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

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

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

 

CMST 12000-01, 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, 02 Storytelling 3B FA LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Regina Carpenter, Rothschild Pl. 107, 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.

COURSE FORMAT/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, CHS 418, 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, 02 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 1 LA SS

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: STAFF

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 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 26900-01 Selected Topics: Perspective on Communication Research HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: STAFF

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: One course in CMST or CLTC.

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

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

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Combination of papers and exams.

 

SPCM 34600-01 GENDER AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, CHS #414, 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

 

CMST 38900-01 Selected Topics: Communication, Race & Public Policy HU LA

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 18

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: With the continual evolution of technology along with the introduction of new campaign financing statutes, how we elect the President continues to change accordingly. Our efforts in this course will explore shifts in campaign strategy over time, particularity regarding how messages are created, delivered and received in relation to a shifting demographic landscape. In this course, we will critique past presidential argumentation, create campaign ads, along with other assignments and activities designed to provide students with the background needed for campaign and election orientated careers and beyond.   CMST 38906-01 Selected Topics: Immigrant Stories

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 will explore narratives, both fiction and nonfiction (memoirs, autobiographies, histories), of the myriad experiences of immigrants coming to the United States over the past two centuries. We will also consider a few immigrant narratives about immigration to other countries, as points of contrast and comparison. The course will be performance-centered in its approach. Students will have opportunities to explore immigrant narratives that link to their own heritage and ones that are “discoveries” for them, about cultures and ethnicities other than their own.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Each student will present 3-4 classroom performances. In addition, students will write accompanying papers, involving some secondary research about the historical issues raised and about the texts themselves and the challenges they present for the performer.

 

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Speech Communication NLA

CREDITS 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, CHS 414, 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 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, CHS 414, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 10

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.

 

CMST 49800-01 Directed Research LA

CREDITS 1-4

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, CHS 414, 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.

 

SPCM 49900-01 Independent Study: Communication Studies LA

1-4 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, CHS 414, 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.

 

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