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Unformatted text preview: COURSE OUTLINE / DESCRIPTION CMST 1A03: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION 2007 FALL TERM INSTRUCTOR Dr. Alexandre Svigny COURSE TIMES AND CLASSROOM C01 Tuesday and Friday, 15:30-16:20 MDCL/1305 COURSE WEBSITE OFFICE HOURS Please drop in during my office hours or make an appointment if stated hours are not convenient. Tuesday 13:30-14:30, x27661, TSH-322, Course Description How do humans communicate with one another? What is the basis for the perceptions we share, and the knowledge that enables us to use language and other signs such as visual images or music to transmit messages and understand one another? How do humans receive and interpret messages delivered via mass media? How do artists communicate their ideas, emotions and vision to others via performance? How does the artist's work influence popular culture? Students will examine fundamental concepts in communication studies and the effect of language, performativity, mass media and the Internet on socio-cultural and cognitive processes. The textbook will provide a practical, skill-building and methods-oriented perspective on cognitive and socio-cultural processes underlying human communication. Invited speakers from the communication industry and academe may give guest lectures. Theoretical Objectives approach fundamental concepts in communication (mediated & interpersonal); become acquainted with the streams of the Communication Studies Programme at McMaster University. Practical Objectives learn about interpersonal, group, mediated and mass communication strategies; learn about the role of language in communication (socio-cultural and cognitive); learn about the effects of mediated communication on society and the individual; learn about how performative acts affect communication for society and the individual. Required Texts Svigny, Alexandre. 2006. Introduction to Communication. Dubuque, OH: KendallHunt. Adler, R., Rodman, G. & Svigny, A. 2007. Understanding Human Communication, Canadian Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Grading 4 Critical Communication Analyses 25% o CCA 1 AND 2 (submitted together): 10% DUE IN TUTORIAL, WEEK OF OCTOBER 8th, 2007 o CCA 3 AND 4 (submitted together): 15% DUE IN TUTORIAL, WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5th, 2007 Blog 15% o FIRST EVALUATION (7.5%) OCTOBER 22 o SECOND EVALUTAION (7.5%) END OF TERM Essay 20% o DUE IN TUTORIAL, WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29th, 2007 Final Examination 25% Tutorial Participation 15% Late Work Any work handed in late will result in a grade of zero. Your assignments are due during your tutorial. If you have made an arrangement with your TA to drop your assignment off in the CSMM drop box, then you may do so without penalty. If you have not made such an arrangement, assignments not handed during tutorial will be considered late. Your CCA entries are due on the date specified on the assignment descriptions that are available on the course website. Final Examination The final examination will take place during the examination period in December. The final examination will be made up of 100 multiple choice questions. There is no mid-term examination in this course. Assignments Dates for remittance of assignments will follow in the course syllabus at the end of this document. Assignments will remitted to and graded by tutorial assistants. Assignments are due at the beginning of the student's assigned tutorial, unless alternative arrangements have been made with the Tutorial Assistant. Assignments CANNOT be handed in directly to Dr. Svigny or to the CSMM Office. Assignments should be picked up from Tutorial Assistants during the next tutorial after submission. Critical Communication Analyses (4 ENTRIES, HANDED IN TWO AT A TIME). Students will, on a weekly basis, make critical observations on the communicative behaviour of those around them (i.e. language, cultural influences, fashion, musical tastes, body language, hairstyles, television, radio, cinema, the opera, etc.). Students will comment critically upon mass media experiences and/or performance cultural activities they have attended or participated in (i.e. films, plays, television shows, concerts, marches, protests, religious activities, festivals, political debates). The student may also use his/her activities or the activities of people he/she communicates with as material for critical commentary. The length of each entry should be a maximum of 250 words (approximately one double-spaced page) and focus on one major idea. If the student makes reference to a book, journal article, cultural event, television programme, internet site, or any other copyrighted source of information, the student must acknowledge that source. Citations should be referenced following the MLA style guide (an up-to-date MLA style Svigny CMST 1A03: Intro to Communication 2007-08 Fall Description/Syllabus page 2 of 5 guide is available for consultation in both the reference section of Mills Library and the Departmental Office of Communication Studies and Multimedia, located in TSH 512). A template for evaluation of the assignment as well as detailed instructions is available on the website for the course and must be followed. Essay (1250 words). A short paper comparing/contrasting or discussing/analyzing several (minimum of two) readings from the custom courseware package or the textbook. A template for evaluation of the assignment as well as detailed instructions is available on the website for the course and must be followed. Participation Participation will be graded on the basis of the quality of oral interventions during tutorial. Because it is very important to participate actively in tutorials, the student should come to class with one or two points or questions that he/she has prepared beforehand. This makes for a better flow during tutorial and ensures that everyone's concerns are addressed equitably. Attendance is very important because it permits the student to present himself/herself to the tutorial assistant in order to develop a rapport with him/her and the other students. Blogs. Blogs are a fundamental part of the CMST 1a03 experience. The student must reference other blogs, websites, student work, etc. with links in his/her blog. The student must include audio, video (from YouTube, for example), and pictures on his/her blog. The student should try to post comments on the blogs of other students. Blogs must pertain to the weekly newsreading posted to the course website every Monday night. Attendance at Lectures. It is impossible for the professor to ensure that students attend lectures regularly. However, experience has taught us that failure to do so inevitably means a lower grade on the final examination. This is because much of the course content is enriched with examples and demonstrations delivered during the lectures. Academic Dishonesty. Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty: 1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained. 2. Improper collaboration in group work. 3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. SYLLABUS All textbook readings covered in lecture are considered material for the final examination. Students are responsible for information contained in lecture notes (provided on the website) by the course director. The lecture notes will be on-line during the week before lecture. Svigny CMST 1A03: Intro to Communication 2007-08 Fall Description/Syllabus page 3 of 5 Day 1 Sep 7 Presentation of Class Day 2 Sep 11 UHC, Chapter 1 Day 3 Sep 14 H. Innis, "Minerva's Owl" Day 4 Sep 18 UHC, Chapter 2 Day 5 Sep 21 M. McLuhan, "The Medium is the Message" M. McLuhan, "Playboy Interview: A Candid Conversation with the High Priest of Popcult and Metaphysician of Media" M. McLuhan "Cybernetics and Human Culture" Day 6 Sep 25 UHC, Chapter 3 Day 7 Sep 28 S. Pinker, "An Instinct to Acquire an Art" S. Pinker, "Chatterboxes" S. Pinker, "Mentalese" Day 8 Oct 2 UHC, Chapter 4 Day 9 Oct 5 A. Turing, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" D. Hofstadter, "The Turing Test: A Coffeehouse Conversation" "The Humanoid Race", Wired Magazine, July 2004, 12.07 Day 10 Oct 9 UHC, Chapter 5 Day 11 Oct 12 N. Fairclough, "Critical Discourse Analysis" G. Lakoff & M. Johnson (all five mini-articles) Day 12 Oct 16 UHC, Chapter 6 Day 13 Oct 19 W. Shaw, "In Helsinki Virtual Village..." C. Mann, "A Remote Control for Your Life" Svigny CMST 1A03: Intro to Communication 2007-08 Fall Description/Syllabus page 4 of 5 G. Le Bon, "General Characteristics of Crowds" G. Le Bon, "The Ideas, Reasoning Power and Imagination of Crowds" Day 14 Oct 23 UHC Chapter 7 Day 15 Oct 26 V. Alia, "Technology and the Circumpolar Village..." M. Gillespie, "Cool Bodies: TV Ad Talk" Day 16 Oct 30 UHC, Chapter 8 Day 17 Nov 2 B.H. Bagdikian "The Endless Chain" J. Sharlett, "Big World: How Clear Channel Programs America" Day 18 Nov 6 UHC, Chapter 9 Day 19 Nov 9 UHC, Appendix Mediated Communication C. Dornan, "Printed Matter: Canadian Newspapers" Day 20 Nov 13 Chapter 14 Day 21 Nov 16 H.I. Schiller, "Information Deprivation in an Information-Rich Society" Day 22 Nov 20 G. Longford & B. Crow,"From the `Electronic Cottage' to the `Silicon Sweatshop': Social Implications of Telemediated Work in Canada" Day 23 Nov 23 C. Lasch, "Revolt of the Elites" C. Lasch, "The Lost Art of Argument" Day 24 Nov 27 D. Hebdige, "From Culture to Hegemony" D. Conquergood, "Performance Studies: Interventions and Radical Research" F. Rose, "Hello, Ningbo" Day 25 Nov 30 ********* GENERAL REVIEW SESSION ********* Svigny CMST 1A03: Intro to Communication 2007-08 Fall Description/Syllabus page 5 of 5 ...
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