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CC-395-001--Communication Theory Spring 2008 Dr. Nancy Lynch Street Extensions: 2110/1348 Office: 215 C Mail box--Communication Office e-mail: [email protected] Class Meets: Tuesday/Thursday—12:30-1:45pm Room: MKC (Moakley) 307 Office Hours: Monday 11-1:00pm—Maxwell Library—215C Thursday 11-12pm Moakley And by appointment (make via e-mail or in class) Texts: Rhetoric of Western Thought, Golden War and Film in America, Matelski The Image, Boulding You will also use MLA, Chicago or Turabian for style Assigned readings, videos and films Films and videos may include: “12 Angry Men,” “Jurassic Park,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Flags of our Fathers,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Unforgiven,” “The Corporation,” “Sicko”—amongst others. TV news, newspaper, radio news, newsmagazine and on-line international publications , e. g., world-newspapers.com and ipl.org/div. news Radio and TV programming on NPR (90.9) and The Daily Show and The Colbert Report Readings, lectures, films, videos, exercises and reserve reading as assigned Course 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  2008 1 1
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your 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/participation 20% 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 not acceptable 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. Some have more than others.
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