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COMM 800 Proseminar: The Discipline of Communication Fall, 2011 Instructor : Dr. Renee Meyers Class Time : 6:30-9:10 pm M Office : Merrill 247 Classroom : Merrill 248 Office Phone : 229-5539 or 229-3469 Office Hrs Email : [email protected] Course Website : http://D2L.uwm.edu Weather Information : 229-4444 Dept Website : http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/communication/index.cfm PURPOSE OF COURSE : Communication 800 is designed as an introduction to graduate study in the Department of Communication. Its primary objective is to provide new graduate students with an orientation to the discipline and the department. It will serve as a forum for addressing theoretical and practical issues concerned with the discipline of Communication Studies, as well as addressing more specific issues concerned with graduate program procedures and rules. This is an overview course that will cover the discipline broadly, but not deeply. It is meant as an introduction to the discipline, and as such, will provide information on a broad range of topics. It is important that you are open- minded to learning about all aspects of the Communication discipline if this course is to work, and not only those areas that you find most interesting. As a communication scholar, it is valuable for you to understand, broadly and deeply, the range of subfields that make up the discipline of Communication. This course will start you down that path. OBJECTIVES : Upon completion of this course, you should: 1. Be familiar with the Communication discipline--history, theories, content areas, journals, associations; 2. Understand basic differences/similarities between, and strengths/weaknesses of, objective and interpretive approaches to the study of communication, as well as the three methodological approaches to research; 3. Have further developed your critical reading, writing, and analysis skills essential for graduate study (e.g., literature reviews, essay exams, analysis papers, etc); 4. Be familiar with the department’s faculty and their research specialities; 5. Understand the procedures, rules, and choices associated with being a graduate student in Communication; _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _ LEARNING MATERIALS 1. Pyrczak, F. (2008). Evaluating research in academic journals, 4 th ed . Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing. (available at People’s bookstore). 2. Pan, M. L. (2008). Preparing literature reviews , 3 rd ed. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing. (available at People’s bookstore). 3. Griffin, E. (2005). A first look at communication theory (7 th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill. (Available at People’s bookstore and on library reserve). RECOMMENDED, NOT REQUIRED 4. Selected readings on class D2L site. 5.
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