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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities _____ Fall 2010 C OMM 1101: I ntroduction to P ublic S peaking Section 023 Instructor: Allyson Shaffer Email: 9:45-11:00 am Office: Ford 275 Scott Hall 4 Mailbox: Ford 250 C OURSE D ESCRIPTION……………………………………………… Public speaking, a crucial component of civic life and democracy, is a social process that involves the creation, sharing and evaluation of ideas. By developing their public speaking skills, students can empower themselves to exercise their voice and to participate in collective decision- making and problem-solving. In this class, students will learn to build, present, listen to and evaluate messages. We will focus on strengthening your ability to effectively research and organize your ideas, to construct an argument, and to carefully listen to others. In addition, you will learn to critically evaluate their own messages and the messages of others and to implement the suggestions of others in order to enhance your own work. To help you become confident as a public speaker in everyday situations - in the public sphere, at the workplace, and in your personal life – you will be given numerous opportunities to speak in class (including major speeches and in-class exercises). Class meetings will consist of a combination of lecture, discussion and exercises. This course fulfils a liberal education requirement for the theme “Civic Life and Ethics.” This means that throughout the semester, in addition to practicing and cultivating our ability to participate in the exchange of ideas, we’ll also explore the role of public speaking plays in governing social life and investigate the construction and operation of ethics in and through public communication. In addition, because this section is a component of the freshman Interest Group Media and Society, we will explore the role media plays in constituting spaces for public communication and debate. Students are encouraged to pursue speech topics concerning media issues such as media regulation, media content, journalism, advertising, public and independent media, and so forth. R EQUIRED M ATERIALS ………………………………………………… O’Brien, L. The Speaker’s Resource Guide: Listener-Centered Public Speaking . New York: McGraw Hill, 2009. Access to email and course Moodle site. P OLICIES & P ROCEDURES ………………………………………………. A TTENDANCE Students are expected to prepare for, attend, and participate in all class meetings. You are allowed two free unexcused absences, but you may not use either of these on a day in which students are schedule to give a speech. Additional days missed will reduce your participation grade by 10 points each.
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Punctuality : Attendance also means punctuality. If you are over 5 minutes late, it will be considered an absence . Please note: It is very important for you to be present and punctual for the days your classmates are
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