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Unformatted text preview: CC-395-001--Communication TheorySpring 2008Dr. Nancy Lynch StreetExtensions: 2110/1348 Office: 215 C Mail box--Communication Office e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgClass Meets: Tuesday/Thursday12:30-1:45pm Room: MKC (Moakley) 307Office Hours: Monday 11-1:00pmMaxwell Library215CThursday 11-12pm MoakleyAnd by appointment (make via e-mail or in class)Texts:Rhetoric of Western Thought, Golden War and Film in America, Matelski The Image, BouldingYou will also use MLA, Chicago or Turabian for style Assigned readings, videos and filmsFilmsand videos mayinclude: 12 Angry Men, Jurassic Park, Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of our Fathers, An Inconvenient Truth, Unforgiven, The Corporation, Sickoamongst others.TV news, newspaper, radio news, newsmagazine and on-line international publications, e. g., world-newspapers.comand ipl.org/div. newsRadio and TV programming on NPR (90.9) and The Daily Showand The Colbert ReportReadings, lectures, films, videos, exercises and reserve reading as assignedCourse Objectives:To understand a field of study, one must understand the theories upon which it is built. Through assigned readings, lectures, abstracts, group exercises, class discussions and presentations you will gain an understanding of contemporary Western communication theory and rhetorical/critical theory. You will also come to know some of the major figures in the evolution of rhetorical and communication theory. You will demonstrate CC-395-001/ street/spring 200811your mastery of theoretical concepts through a variety of written and oral (individual and group) assignments, as you apply theory to practice (case studies or cultural artifacts).Grading:Homework assignments/participation20%Critical/theoretical analysis of film (Burke) 20%Critical/theoretical analysis of film (Systems theory)20% Ind/group oral and written presentation (outline/powerpoint) 20%Journal (8 entries/critical analyses media and videos)20%Readings: You must do the readings on a daily basis, or you will not be able to keep up in this course. Your commitment to this process will be evident through your daily written and oral participation in the course. You are also expected to research beyond the text, utilizing appropriate sources. These may be found in the journal sections of the library or on an academic data base (check with library for appropriate data bases). Abstracts found online or in journals are notacceptable for research citations. They may serve as a guide to articles you want to use. Instructor will also provide handouts.Research available online may be somewhat dubious. As in analyzing speeches, one must look at the rhetor (speaker), the message and the audience. One way to check the ethos of the rhetor is to look at the URL. Is this source a .gov., an .org, a .com or an .edu? Delving into this aspect of the URL will help determine the usefulness of the source. All sources have vested interests; all sources have biases. All sources have vested interests; all sources have biases....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course COMM 395 taught by Professor Street during the Spring '08 term at Bridgewater State University.
- Spring '08