While refining students' analytical and critical skills, this course offers intensive examination of specific issues related to conflict and communication at interpersonal, social, and cultural levels. Possible topics may include environmental communication, alternative dispute resolution, civil rights and communication, and political communication. Repeatable for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationJennifer Adams
328A: Tps: Enviromental Communication
In this class, we will explore the communication and conflict surrounding "the environment," with a focus on the social construction of nature and critical/cultural approaches to environmental discourse. Policies and practices related to the environment result not just from the facts from science alone, but often emerge from the influence of our social constructions about our "natural resources." We will consider the ways that wilderness and nature have been constructed in American culture, the public controversies that have developed surrounding the environment, the advocacy groups that advance various environmental causes, and the scientific and corporate discourse about the environment. We will also consider the role of media in the ongoing discourses about the environment.
Spring Semester informationDavid Worthington
328A: Tps:Visual Rhetoric
This class focuses on how images act as rhetorical texts. Students will study both in theory and practice how images impact our thinking, action, and emotions. Students should expect to learn strategies for "reading" images as well as how to put together images as new texts. Reading will draw from diverse authors from both within and external to rhetorical studies. Coursework will include papers, presentations, and photo-essays.