Graduate Courses

Fall 2016 Courses

COMM 501  
Proseminar in Mass Communications

Wednesday, 8:00-11:00 am
3 Carnegie Bldg.        
Patrick Parsons

The course will review and discuss the major concepts, issues and approaches involved with studying media from a social science perspective.

COMM 502  
Pedagogy in Communications

Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 pm 
3 Carnegie Bldg.       
Kevin Hagopian

The course focuses on the unique characteristics of undergraduate education in the communications discipline. The principles and practices covered in the seminar have applications for teaching communications in a number of venues including the academic, business and government professional settings. The course involves students in collaborative learning, assessment skills, powerful pedagogies, practical workshops and substantive reviews and applications of curricular and pedagogical research in the communications discipline.

COMM 506  
Research Methods in Communications

Wednesday, 2:30-5:30 pm      
3 Carnegie Bldg.       
S. Shyam Sundar

This is a gateway course on social science research, providing students a rigorous introduction to basic methodological concepts needed for conducting empirical research. Students will learn how to explicate concepts, ask research questions and test hypotheses using experiments, surveys and content analyses. They will critically analyze published research, by identifying threats to validity of inferences. They will conduct a research project from start to finish, and produce original, publishable research.

COMM 515  
MA Proseminar in Mass Communications

Friday, 10:10-1:10 pm
3 Carnegie Bldg.       
Michel Haigh

This course provides an orientation to graduate study in the field of mass communications. The course focuses on the essence of scholarship: the nature and role of theory in scholarship, and the function and process of research. The course will provide a macro perspective of theory and research. Sessions will offer an opportunity to explore a range of major theories in the content niche of interest to each student. The course culminates with the preparation of a research prospectus.

COMM 518   
Media Effects

Thursday, 3:30-6:30 pm      
3 Carnegie Bldg.        
Michael Schmierbach

This course focuses on key theories in the social-scientific study the individual/social effects of media use. The class explores how media shape our attitudes and behaviors in different contexts, including enjoyment, consumer behavior, politics, stereotyping, aggression, learning, and ongoing attitudes toward media. Course readings include scholarship on traditional media such as print, television and film as well as interactive media such as social networking and video games. Students should have a basic familiarity with quantitative research, but the class is ideal for anyone interested in the media, whether they have prior experience with scholarship in the area. Students are welcome even if they are taking COMM 506 concurrently or have completed equivalent coursework in another department.


COMM 580
Seminar in Telecommunications: Copyright and Culture

Tuesday, 2:30-5:30 pm
3 Carnegie Bldg.
Matt Jackson

Study of the historical and contemporary issues and problems in telecommunications.

COMM 597.001 
Data models in Communications

Thursday, 3:30-6:30 pm      
8 Carnegie Bldg.      
Mary Beth Oliver

Structural equation modeling (SEM) and related procedures have become very popular techniques in most social scientific disciplines, as they allow for more rigorous and theoretically enriching examinations of our data. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to and foundation for SEM contextualized in terms of applied research. It will emphasize a conceptual understanding (rather than a mathematically derived focus) of the processes involved and decisions required in conducting these types of analyses. It will illustrate how researchers often report their results in scholarly publications, and provide students with numerous opportunities to practice their skills, both during the course and on their own. Topics include introductions to path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.

COMM 597.002
Social Media Research Seminar

Monday, 2:30-5:30 pm 
3 Carnegie Bldg.      
Bu Zhong

By introducing selected theories and concepts used in social media research, this seminar explores the social media impacts on social, political and economic interactions, in particular the social processes, such as identity formation and relationship-development, in online communities created by social media. The goal is to familiarize you with the latest social media research, practical and theoretical implications of such research, and identify areas that deem further empirical research. Most importantly, this course focuses on research with practical implications.

COMM 597.003
Cultural Industries

Monday, 9:05-12:05 pm 
3 Carnegie Bldg.
Michael Elavsky

This course explores how scholars have theoretically and methodologically engaged the cultural industries as cultural entities, discursive formations, sites of practice, and ideological constructs.



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