CMST & CLTC Courses: Fall 2016

Department of Communication Studies – Fall 2016

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 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

This course fulfills ICC Capstone.

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, or OCLD 3400. TVR 26200, CNPH 30000, or CNPH 30100. 3 credits. (S)

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 415, Ext. 4-3542

Section 04: Scott Thomson, Job 211, Ext. 4-3670

Section 05, 06: Ashley Hall, Muller 414, 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, JOB 213, Ext. 4-1067

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

Section 06, 07: E. Christine Thompson, Rothschild Pl. 122, Ext. 4-7115

Section 08, 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

This course fulfills the Humanities prospective with the Identities Theme requirement for the ICC.

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: Papers, participation, regular quizzes.

CMST 12400-01, 02 sections Courtrooms and Communication 1 HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Whelan, Muller 415, 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 14000-01 Small Group Communication 1 LA SS

This course is designated within the Ithaca College Integrative Core Curriculum with the

Identities theme, A World of Systems theme or the Identities theme and the Social Sciences (SO) perspective.

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Byrne, JOB 213, Ext. 4-1067

ENROLLMENT: 24

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENTS: Open to all Ithaca College students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. From the context of the world of soccer, students will be expected to analyze and compare systems and identities from a social science perspective.

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

This course fulfills the Humanities Social Sciences Perspective and the Mind, Body, Spirit Theme requirement for the ICC.

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Ozge Girit Heck, Muller 331, Ext. 4-3035

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, JOB 211, 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, JOB 211, Ext. 4-3670

ENROLLMENT: 20

PREREQUISITES: One course in humanities and/or social sciences; permission of instructor.

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 415, 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 26900-01 Selected Topics: Perspectives on Communication Research HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Ozge Girit Heck, Job 212, Ext. 4-3534

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.

CMST 34600-01 GENDER AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 1 LA SS

This course fulfills the Writing Intensive requirement for the ICC.

3 CREDITS

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

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: CMST-14000, CMST-14900 or two courses in the social sciences; sophomore standing.

STUDENTS: Any student who has fulfilled the prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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.

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.

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 36200-01 POLITICAL COMMUNICATION: CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS HU LA

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Donathan Brown, Muller 419, Ext. 4-7335

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Two courses in CMST (Communication Studies) and an additional course in the humanities or social sciences.

STUDENTS: All students who meet the prerequisites are welcome.

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

CMST 38907-01 ST: Gendered Blackness: Black Feminist Culture and Criticism HU LA

CREDITS: 3

INSTRUCTOR: Ashley Hall, Muller 414, Ext. 4-3534

ENROLLMENT: 18

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and social sciences; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will survey the historical development of Black feminist theory and criticism in conversation with feminism(s) of color, Black Queer Studies, Afro-Pessimist Studies, Afro-Futurist Studies and Black Cultural Studies through an exploration of history, politics, literature, poetry, theory, film, and music. The goal of the course is to help students foster a critical understanding of multiply situated subject positions that will be useful in encouraging more in-depth and revealing analyses of research on Black women. As the course is interdisciplinary in nature, I invite students to pull from their interest in Literature, Communications, History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Asian American Studies Latino/a Studies and others to complicate our understanding of Black women's public discourse historically into the 21st century.

CMST 39500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB210, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 5

PREREQUISITES: Cumulative GPA of 2.30; permission of communication studies faculty. Variable credit.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Work-study project designed by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member and an on-site practicing professional. The proposal must define the work to be done, the theories to be explored, and the student’s plan for submitting a written report based on his or her experience. Offered on demand only. Credits earned with this course may not be used as upper-level elective credit toward a communication studies major.

CMST 45902-01 Seminar in Communication Theory: The Rhetoric of Religion LA SS

3 CREDITS

INSTRUCTOR: Christopher House, Muller 429, Ext. 4-3216

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITES: Three courses in communication studies, at least one of which must be at level 3.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar explores the relationship between rhetoric and religion and the rhetoric of religion. In other words, we attempt to gain an understanding of religion as a rhetorical perspective, a methodological lens, an object of study with traditions, doctrines, practices, but more importantly as the “Quest for Complex Subjectivity.” That is, religious rhetoric or sacred rhetoric as construct that attempts to make life meaningful in complex ways. Therefore this course is concerned with discussions of the ways in which religious rhetoric has been used to provide life meaning. By engaging in careful readings of books, essays and other texts, students will examine (1) early understandings and uses of religion and rhetoric/religious rhetoric (2) how an understanding of religious rhetoric broadens the scope of language (3) how the use of the sacred formulate argument and ideology.

COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar

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

CMST 49500-01 Internship: Communication Studies NLA

CREDITS 1-12

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Arliss, JOB 210, 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, JOB 210, 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, JOB 210, Ext. 4-3578

ENROLLMENT: 10

PREREQUISITE: Cumulative GPA of 2.30 and 3.00 in major; junior or senior standing; permission of Communication Studies (CMST) 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 (CMST) 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.