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Syllabus - Communication200 Fall2007 KenSereno...

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Communication 200 Communication as a Social Science Fall 2007 Ken Sereno ASC 202-C (213) 740-3952 (Office) [email protected] Office Hours : Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00 Wednesdays: 10:00-11:30; 3:30-5:00 Thursdays: 10:00-10:40; 3:30-5:00 Other times by arrangement. Please drop by and introduce yourself--I’d like to get to know each of you. If you can’t make my office hours, talk with me before or after class or call me or email me and we can arrange another time. Texts : Infante, D., Rancer, A. and Womack, D. (2003) Building Communication Theory. Longrove, Ill.: Waveland Press, Inc. Sereno, K. (2007) Communication 200 Lecture Notes. You may purchase these at the Magic Machine, which is in University Village on Jefferson. Clickers : Clickers will be loaned to every student. Attendance in lectures will be taken through clickers. Clickers must be returned in working condition at the end of the semester. Students who do not return their clickers or who return their clickers in non- working condition will receive an Incomplete. Course Description : This course is a survey of fundamental content in communication. It introduces you to the nature of social scientific scholarship; major social scientific perspectives on the communication process; basic issues in the philosophy of science; the role of theory in research; beginning research methods; core theories of message production and reception; and major contextual theories of interpersonal, group, and organizational dynamics.
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Course Objectives : 1. To have you describe and explain the nature, usefulness, methods and issues connected with a social scientific approach to the study of communication. 2. To have you describe and explain the major perspectives, issues, and theories of communication. 3. To have you demonstrate your ability to use concepts from theories of communication to explain actual communication behavior. Grading : Examination 1 100 points Examination 2 100 points Examination 3 100 points Final Examination 100 points (Not cumulative) Term Paper 100 points Standards for letter grades: A = 90-100 points B = 80-89 points C = 70-79 points D = 60-69 points F = Below 60 points I give plusses and minuses. For example, B grades are assigned as follows: B- = 80-82 B = 83-86 B+ = 87-89 I do not grade on a curve. I will give as many As, Bs, etc. as are earned. Your course grade will be an average of all of your grades.
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