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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

Spring Semester information

Gigi Jennewein

401A: Tps:Spring Shakespeare Festival

This course trains DePauw students to direct local high school students in the mounting of fully staged 90-minute Shakespeare plays. Students spend the first three weeks in the classroom learning best practice techniques for teaching Shakespeare and working with youth. The remainder of the semester is spent in the schools shaping a production while also delivering the emotional and intellectual benefits that can be acquired by physically and vocally experiencing Shakespeare's language. This course culminates in a day-long festival at DePauw University's Moore Theatre (Green Center) comprised of performances of each participating school's play. DePauw's Shakespeare in the Schools program is inspired by and produced in association with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. The course requires a M/W/F 2:20-4:50 commitment due to the in-school rehearsal process. It is repeatable for credit. See instructor for details and SPAC.

Fall Semester information

Miranda Spivack

401A: Tps: Covering the 2016 Campaigns

In what is already a history-making presidential contest, we will examine the role of the media - old media, new media, social media - in framing the issues both nationally and in state/local races. Are the media serving as a "fourth estate" watchdog on the candidates, and probing the issues that are confronting the electorate? We will try to determine what the framers of the Constitution envisioned with the First Amendment and how that can affect mainstream news organizations- as well as others purporting to play a journalistic role. We also will look at the roles that gender, race, and new American voters may play in the outcome in November across the country.