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COMM 401

Special Topics in Communication

Recent topics have included Public Relations, International Media, Family Communication, Conflict Resolution, American Theatre and the Vietnam War, Human Communication Theory, American Film and Culture and Writing for Stage, Screen and TV. This course number may be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Miranda Spivack

401A: Tps:Washington and the Grassroots: A post-election assessment

Following the historic 2016 presidential election, in which a political figure not unlike William Jennings Bryan played to populist discontent over the economy, jobs, religion and immigration, this course will take an investigative reporting approach to assess the impact of those promises on communities in the heartland. Derisively known by many coastal elites as "flyover country," communities in states such as Kansas and Indiana have shown their political muscle in helping to frame the election's outcome. Will the new administration make good on its promises to these voters? How will those promises - or changing views from Washington - affect communities and businesses, many of whom have relied on farm workers and other laborers, including immigrants, as well as highly educated foreign engineers, to help keep their businesses humming? We will engage with residents across the midwest to examine the impact of Washington's policies on schools, healthcare, social services and employment, with the potential for publication and broadcast in popular media.