Spring 2194 Featured Courses

COMMRC 1115 (31804) African American Rhetoric
M F 3:00pm-4:15
Instructor: Dave Molina
This course focuses on rhetorics of black freedom in the 20th century United States. Materials and discussion will emphasize social movements across the ‘long’ civil rights period: from labor and legal activism in the interwar years, through civil rights ‘classical phase’ to articulations of Black Power. Throughout, students will develop skills in archival analysis: applying concepts from rhetorical theory and cultural studies to the study of source materials.
COMMRC 1123 (31565) (WRIT) Rhetorical Criticism
Tu Th 11:00am-12:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Lynn Clarke

Designed for junior and senior Communication majors, this upper level Writing Proficiency

(W) course focuses on history, methods, and practice of modern rhetorical criticism. Students who complete the course will develop (1) skills in applying select rhetorical methods to various artifacts, (2) scholarly essay writing skills, and (3) appreciation for how writing rhetorical criticism essays helps writers and readers learn and reflect on the theory, practice, and criticism of rhetoric. Highly interactive, the course proceeds through a combination of lectures, discussions, peer reviews, and other collaborative modes of learning.

COMMRC 1170 (30585) Cross Cultural Communication
M W F 11am-11:50
Instructor: Dr. Weiming Gorman

As the world becomes a global village, we come into contact with peoples different from us in their values, cultural traditions and life styles. This course introduces students to diverse values, cultures and traditions in communities, peoples and countries around the globe. Students will read literature, watch award-winning movies and documentaries, attend intercultural events and listen to a guest speaker. The course covers a wide range of regions such as Japan, Nepal, Afghanistan, China and Palestine. The topics range from the metamorphosis of Japan from a society modeled on Confucian teachings into a modernist society, transformation of Nepalese cultures in the face of modernization, the correspondence of a young Palestinian women’s determination to seek education resulting from her pen pal correspondence with her peer in a Western country, and the life story of a Chinese couple living through two political systems.

The course is an upper-level communication course. It will fulfill the requirements of a communication major. Students of all other majors can take the course as an elective for their undergraduate degree completion.

This course emphasizes a coverage of views, peoples and cultural traditions in diverse regions and communities through a rich selection of reading materials and media by renowned authors, journalists, diplomats and filmmakers. Students are encouraged to discuss and debate about their points of view.

COMMRC 1731 (31807) (WRIT) Special Topics in Rhetoric: The Discourses of Health & Medicine
Tu Th 4:00pm-5:15
Instructor: Dr. John Lyne

The course focuses on themes, issues, and patterns of communication in and about modern medicine and health care. Topics include the discourses of wellness and disease, narratives of illness, communicating pain and suffering, communicating empathy, the expanding role of pharmaceuticals and medical enhancements, hospitalization, digital access, physical and mental health, differences of culture, race, and gender, inequities in access, and conceptions of the right to health care. Students will be asked to respond to readings in class discussion and presentations, short quizzes, and written reactions.

There will be a mid-term and a final exam.

COMMRC 1732 (28392) (WRIT) Special Topics in Mass Comm: International/Global Media
M W 3:00pm-4:15
Instructor: Dr. Elfriede Fürsich

This course investigates the role of media in creating a productive public sphere in an increasingly globalizing world. Using key concepts in communication, cultural, and globalization studies, the course covers topics such as the shortcomings of international journalism in covering war and terrorism; the potential of popular culture to change problematic representations of others; and the possibilities of digital communication for international development. The class will enable students to assess the potential of journalism, media and digital technology to foster international understanding and cooperation. The class also fulfills the requirements for the Global Studies Certificate’s concentrations ‘Cultural Dynamics’ and ‘Politics/Economy.’