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Spring 2017


COMM 291A/401C and UNIV 390A: Tps: Shakespeare in the Schools

Professor Gigi Jennewein

This course trains DePauw students to direct local high and middle school students in the mounting of fully staged 75-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 participating Putnam County schools shaping a production while also delivering the intellectual and emotional 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 2:30-5:00 commitment to accommodate transportation and in-school rehearsal.   It is repeatable for credit under different prefixes.  See instructor for details and required SPAC.


Comm 291B: Theatre, Culture and Society

Professor Susan Anthony

Theatre, Culture and Society explores representations of social identity, culture, and ideology in live performance and film with special emphasis on issues of race, gender, class, and sexual identity. The course also explores the role of the audience, historical performance, and strategies for recognizing, reinforcing, or subverting conventional depictions of power and ideology.


COMM 291C: Digital Story-telling

Professor Sheryl Tremblay

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 produce 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.


Comm 325A: Tps: Family Communication

Professor Susan Wilson

 Family is integral to who we are.  The kind of communication enacted and repeated by our families contributes to our sense of self, our values, our interactions with others, etc.   In this course we will examine the scope and function of family communication.  Importantly we will look at the research about family, particularly in the areas such as conflict and negotiation, changing demographics,  siblings, and co-cultural and cross-cultural variations.


Comm 325B: Tps: Health Communication

Professor Kent Menzel

This special topics course is a theoretical and practical examination of the role of communication in heath care. The course will discuss contexts of communication like physician-patient, institutional health communication settings including hospitals, and the societal impact of events such as public health campaigns. In addition to other coursework, discussion, and case studies, students will research and plan a health campaign.


Comm 328A: Tps: Visual Rhetoric

Professor David Worthington

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.  

COMM 401A: Other Side of the Arts

Professor Tim Good

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.

COMM 401B: Film Theory

Professor Seth Friedman

What is cinema? This seemingly simple question will be the primary focus of this upper-level seminar on film theory because it has consistently inspired great debate about the medium since its emergence. Indeed, many critics argue that an interrogation of the essence of cinema has only become more salient in the digital age, as the ways that films are now constructed, distributed, viewed, interpreted, and discussed have both dramatically changed and remained remarkably similar amidst the advent of new media technologies. As this example begins to suggest, scholarly examinations of the meaning of cinema are often centered on two ostensibly contradictory concerns: the medium’s specificity and its connections to other arts and modes of communication. Consequently, this class will survey a number of the most influential classic and contemporary writings on cinema to help us gain a better understanding of how the medium is distinct as well as related to other forms of expression, social institutions, and cultural practices.