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COMM 291

Inquiries into Communication

Designated topics in communication and theatre are explored. May be repeated with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Sheryl Tremblay

291A: Tps:Digital Story-telling

Tps:Digital Story-telling

This Introductory Course will focus on developing a media literacy that will help students develop the knowledge and ability to more fully participate in the emerging era of participatory culture and knowledge communities. The focus will be on learning to use digital tools to gather audio and visual materials and to create a website (using Word Press). We will develop knowledge and proficiency at a basic and manageable level in the technical areas and the aesthetic design principles of digital story-telling, in addition to developing an understanding of the theories and ethical considerations of convergence culture.

Ronald Dye

291B: Tps:Theatre, Culture and Society: Shakespeare On Film

Theatre, Culture and Society: Shakespeare On Film

Students will examine, analyze and discuss film and modern stage adaptations of several plays by William Shakespeare, along with the original play texts. The films and plays will be considered in their historical cultural contexts, and will include adaptations which are fairly "literal" or straightforward, as well as "free adaptations" which diverge widely from or only reference the original texts. Students will write critical response papers and will complete a final research paper to fulfill the "W" component of the course.

Amy Hayes

291C: Tps:Shakespeare Festival

Tps:Shakespeare Festival

Based on the educational wing of Shakespeare & Company's (Lenox, MA) nationally renowned and recommended high school Shakespeare program, this course prepares DePauw students to do Shakespeare with local high school and middle school students. Part classroom activity and part in-school practicum, the course stresses the visceral, emotional, and intellectual power of experiencing Shakespeare's language physically and vocally. Culminates in a festival of Shakespeare's plays performed by local students at DePauw at the end of the semester. Repeatable for credit.

Timothy Good

291D: Tps:The Other Side of the Arts

Tps:The Other Side of the Arts

The course will investigate different models of arts organizations, including union-based models, alternate structures (other than unions), leadership in the arts, entrepreneurship, startups, world markets for arts, grants and fundraising, and the very broad variety of graduate programs that are possible. The work will culminate with a final project which will connect these ideas with the real world of the arts: complete design portfolio, budgeting and planning for a guest artist or event here on campus, a fleshed out marketing or development plan, full audition plus resume/headshot, etc. We will cover theaters, symphonies, dance companies, art galleries, museums, corporate applications, and newer models that ignore these boundaries. A primary goal of the course is to bring together ideas and practices from the "real worlds" of art, music, dance, and theater for mutual benefit.

Fall Semester information

Kevin Howley

291B: Tps: Histories of the American Press

American journalism is at a crossroads. Rising public mistrust of the profession, coupled with the advent of digital technologies and, most ominously, government persecution of journalists and their sources, represent a unique challenge to the Fourth Estate. This course places the contemporary crisis of journalism in historical context. Specifically, this course examines the role of journalism in recording as well as shaping US history. As such, the course tells the story of the democratization of American society. In addition to covering the standard history of US news media, the course explores the long but often neglected history of advocacy and activist journalism in US social, political, and cultural life. Furthermore, by calling critical attention to the untold stories of journalism practiced by racial, cultural, and political minorities, this course examines the relationship between "alternative" and "mainstream" journalism.

Meg Kissinger

291C: Tps: Muckrakers, Scandals and Scamps

At its best, journalism comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. It holds the power to set innocent prisoners free and bring presidents to their knees. But what happens when all that power goes to their heads? The class will explore journalism's greatest triumphs and most cringeworthy failures. We'll review work of the Muckrakers of the late 1800s to the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, Walter Reed, WikiLeaks and the NSA. And we'll examine what happens when reporters "break bad:" Janet Cook, Stephen Glass, Jason Blair, Brian Williams.

Expect weekly quizzes, a mid-term paper and a final paper.

Spring Semester information

Susan Anthony

291A: Tps:

Geoff Klinger

291B: Tps:


291C: Tps:Spring Shakespeare Festival