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Suman Syllabus

Suman Syllabus - UCLA Communication Studies 10 Introduction...

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UCLA: Communication Studies 10- Introduction to Interpersonal and Mass Communication Michael W. Suman T.A.s: Hui Kim, Ryan Kellogg, Hector Negrete, Murat Yildiz Winter 2010 Meeting Time: T, R 9:00-10:50 Location: Humanities A51 Phone: 825-3303 Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-12:50, Thursday 11:00-11:50 in 2314 Rolfe E-mail: [email protected] Required Reading: Deborah Tannen, You Just Don't Understand ; Alison Alexander and Jarice Hanson, eds., Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Mass Media and Society (Tenth Edition); reading on communication studies as a social science available on class web page under “Communication Studies Reading” Course Description and Objectives: This course is designed to introduce you, in general terms, to the study of interpersonal and mass communication. The approach will be inter-disciplinary. You will be exposed to some of the basic methods and theoretical perspectives that social scientists and others use to study interpersonal and mass communication and many of the basic concepts that they use to describe and explain that communication. You will also be given a basic historical overview of each of the major mass media. The basic objectives of this course are long-term and intellectual in nature. Greater understanding of yourself and your world will result from the serious study of interpersonal and mass communication. The course will also provide the student with a foundation for further study in the discipline. Examinations and Grades: Your grade will be based entirely upon your performance on two in-class examinations (midterm- fifty points, final- sixty points) and one paper (thirty points). (To be fair to everyone, exactly the same rules and standards will apply to all. Therefore there will be no “extra credit” work for anyone under any circumstances.) The exams will be approximately fifty percent essay and fifty percent short answer (the latter requiring from one word up to several sentences). The final will not be cumulative. The paper assignment will be due the first class meeting the ninth week of class (see end of the syllabus for details). We will set out with an eye towards using the standard grading scale: 90% and above= A; 80-89%= B; 70-79%= C; 60-69%= D; below 60%= F. After I see the midterm scores we will decide whether to use this scale, a curve, or a modified straight scale. This is an introductory level survey class. With this in mind, the exams will test your mastery of the material presented in lecture and in the readings. The focus will be on central ideas and concepts. You will also be called upon to apply these ideas and concepts to real world situations and scenarios. The paper will test your ability and success at presenting a communications-related argument. Make-ups and Incompletes: Avoid at all costs. Your life and my life (especially your life) will be much easier if you simply complete everything on time. On make-ups and incompletes, you will lose all benefit of the doubt. I reserve the right to give all-essay make-up exams. If you do not show up for your make-up exam, you will get a zero for that test. No
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