Lying and Deception Syllabus Spring 2009

Lying and Deception Syllabus Spring 2009 - CMS 344K(06805...

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Unformatted text preview: CMS 344K(06805) LYING AND DECEPTION SPRING 2009 T TH 9:30-11, WEL 1.308 e-mail Office Office Hours Instructor: Matthew McGlone [email protected] CMA A7.268 T TH 1-2:30 Teaching Assistants: Nick Merola [email protected] UA9 4.118D W 12-3 Valerie Thatcher [email protected] T 11-2 Required Readings: Knapp, M.L. (2008). Lying and deception in human interaction. Boston, MA: Penguin Academics. Several additional short required readings are available via eReserves ( password: lying ). Description : Deception occurs in communication behavior across species, and lying (i.e., intentional deception) is a pervasive phenomenon in human communication. This course explores the varieties of deceptive communication, their causes and consequences in a wide range of contexts (advertising, art, interspecies contact, family and romantic relationships, journalism, mass media, politics, etc.), and the strategies used to detect their occurrence (behavioral cues, polygraphs, etc.). Objectives : This course will teach you about the processes by which people attempt to deceive others and/or themselves. You will learn about communicative processes involved in specific deception phenomena such as doublespeak, equivocation, false advertising, forgery, political spin, and white lies, among others. You will also learn how to think independently, systematically, and skeptically about social scientific research. The latter goal will require that you take an active role in the learning process. Course Structure : My lectures will proceed from the assumption that you have prepared for class by reading and thinking about the book chapter, article, and/or video(s) I assigned for a particular day. However, my lectures will not reduplicate the reading or viewing assignments. But please do bring up questions if you have difficulties with them. Academic Honesty : The University, the College of Communication, and the Department of Communication Studies are committed to preserving the reputation of your degree. It means a lot to you. In order to guarantee that your degree means what we tell parents, employers, graduate schools, and professional (business, law, medical, pharmacy) schools it means, we must enforce a strict policy that guarantees the work you turn in is your own and the grades you receive measure your personal achievements in your classes. The policy is as follows: Every piece of work that you turn in with your name on it must be yours and yours alone unless explicitly allowed by an instructor in a particular class. Specifically, unless otherwise authorized by an instructor: • Students may not discuss their work with anyone except the instructor or TA • Students may not use material from any source (e.g., another student, an internet site, book, magazine, newspaper, and many others I have not mentioned) without acknowledging use of this material in quotation marks or an APA style source citation; if you don’t know what I’m talking about, ask your TA BEFORE you turn in the assignment in question;...
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