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Summer 2020 Online Classes

Interested in taking a summer class? The following COM classes will be online for Summer 2020:

COM 117 Introduction to Film Studies The course is meant as an introduction to basic concepts of film analysis. We will examine how formal elements like cinematography, editing, mise en scene and sound are used to create meaning in film. We will also consider how genre, authorship, film history, ideology, and gender, among other critical approaches, can be used to analyze films. In addition to screening and discussing clips from mainstream film and television, we will also examine alternative practices (from independent film and global cinemas) that challenge these conventions.Instructor: Susan Ryan
Offered during Summer Session 1 (6/15/20 – 7/16/20)

COM 201 Social Media: History Theory PracticeThis course introduces students to the origins of social media theory, the intersection between old and new media, the impact of social media on vulnerable populations, person reputation, commercialization of user information, the ability of social media to assist or hinder activism, and the future of online forms of communication. COM 201 is open to all majors. This course counts as an elective in the Public/Mass or Interpersonal/Organizational specializations or can also count as one of the three Communication Studies electives. (Formerly offered as COM 370: Disruptive Forces of Social Media.)Instructor: Judi Puritz Cook
Offered during Summer Session 2 (7/20/20 – 8/21/20)

COM 270 Special Topics in COM: COM Risk in Public Health EmergencyThe number of Public Health crises has been increasing worldwide in recent years and we currently find ourselves battling an unprecedented threat. Communication in Risk in Public Emergencies: COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond will examine communication strategies regarding Public Health Preparedness and Response to large-scale emergencies.Instructor: Gregory Langan
Offered during Summer Session 1 (6/15/20 – 7/16/20)

COM 342 Lifespan CommunicationLifespan communication examines how communication processes (social support, language skills, interpersonal relationship management) change across one’s existence. This course will map out both normative and unexpected demographic and health events across a lifespan (e.g., schooling, pregnancy, marriage, health issues, parenthood) and acknowledge how our communication processes influence and are influenced by these social experiences. Students will engage in practical applications of this information through self-reflections, case analyses, and consulting-based projects.Instructor: Keli Fazio
Offered during Summer Session 1 (6/15/20 – 7/16/20)

COM 343 Looking at Women: Representation, Feminism, and Film. Explores the impact feminism has had on film theory, criticism, and production. Various approaches to the study and production of the cinematic apparatus will be explored including psychoanalysis, issues of representation, spectatorship, ethnicity, and hybrid sexualities. This class satisfies both the Gender and the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts liberal requirements.Instructor: Anita Allyn
Offered during Summer Session 1 (6/15/20 – 7/16/20)

COM 345 New Media and Health Communication The emergence of new media intersects with public health in many ways, raising new questions and affording new opportunities for health communication and intervention. This seminar examines the roles and effects of new media and emerging technologies in a variety of health communication contexts and prepares students to utilize new media tools when designing health interventions through critical reading, intensive discussion, empirical exploration, and hands-on application. This class is reserved for sophomore status or higher. Instructor: Yifeng Hu
Offered during Summer Session 2 (7/20/20 – 8/20/20)

COM 390 Methods of Communication Research and AnalysisAn introduction to several major methodologies for analyzing, discovering, and testing observations about communication processes and effects in both print and electronic media. Perspectives include experimental, survey, and content analysis. Students completing this course should be able to critically evaluate communication and other behavioral and scientific research. This class satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning liberal requirement and is writing intensive. COM 390 is reserved for juniors or seniors or by permission of the instructor. Instructor: Yachao Li
Offered during Summer Session 2 (7/20/20 – 8/21/20)

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