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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

Fall Semester information

Timothy Good

291B: Tps:Scenic and Lighting Design

The course will explore the scenographic intersection of lighting and scenic design for stage, screens, museums, and other contexts. Students will receive foundational skills in both areas, and choose an area of concentration for final projects. Can be taken P/F -- contact instructor if interested for details.


Ronald Dye

291C: Tps: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.


Spring Semester information

Gigi Jennewein

291A: Tps:Shakespeare Festival

This course trains DePauw students to direct local middle and high school students in the mounting of fully staged 75-minute cutting of a Shakespeare play. Students spend the first four weeks in the classroom learning best practice techniques for directing a play, teaching Shakespeare, and working with youth. The remainder of the semester is spent at a participating Putnam County school leading the participants in creating their Shakespeare production while also delivering the physical, emotional and intellectual benefits that can be acquired through the experience of enacting Shakespeare's language. This course culminates in the Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare, 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 rehearsals. It is repeatable for credit under different prefixes. See instructor for details and required SPAC.


David Worthington

291B: Tps:Communication and Game Playing: Deep-Immersion Games and Public Advocacy

In this class students inhabit the role(s) of historical figures in at least two deep-immersion role playing games that require them to argue for specific goals and outcomes. Students study the concepts of contingency, the role of rhetoric in civic decision making, and how liminal space is important for understanding public policy debates. Focus is on public advocacy, argumentation, historically based research and role/rhetor development.


Seth Friedman

291C: Tps:Film History

Although the recent proliferation of new technologies greatly enhances our access to some moving image media, it also increasingly demonstrates that film history is vast and inexhaustible. In fact, one of the most notable consequences of the digital age is that it has become more challenging to keep up with many interesting happenings in global moving image media. No semester-long course in film history, therefore, could possibly encompass all of the significant developments in world cinema since the advent of the medium in the late nineteenth century. Rather than attempt to provide this inevitably inadequate encyclopedic overview, we will explore how the choices we make about what to study shape and are shaped by our conceptions of world cinema history. To accomplish this objective, this course will indeed cover some of the major trends in global cinema since its inception, concentrating primarily, but not exclusively, on narrative film in Hollywood and other commercial contexts. This focus, in conjunction with associated course assignments, discussions, readings, and screenings, will ultimately make us keenly aware of how emphasizing certain aspects of film history obscure alternative ways to comprehend the impact and story of arguably the most influential medium of the twentieth century and beyond.


Kevin Howley

291D: Tps:Activist & Community Media

Drawing on insights from media sociology, political economy, and cultural studies, this course examines activist and community media in the new millennium. Viewed in critical relation to corporate and commercial media, community and activist media challenge dominant media institutions and practices, promote local cultural diversity, and exercise symbolic power to effect social change. Cases studies from around the world highlight the social, political, and cross-cultural relevance of local interventions into global media culture. In addition to producing original content for campus/community organizations, students will write case studies that examine historical and contemporary activist and community media projects.


Fall Semester information

Caroline Good

291A: Tps:Costume Production and Design

The Magic Garment: Costume Design & Construction

This course focuses on costume design and construction for the stage from the playscript to production. Included in the course is the study of theatrical design elements, the costume design process and procedures, the evolution of period clothing, and basic costume construction. Students will analyze plays, design, sketch, and participate in the construction a period garment as part of their coursework.


James Paasche

291C: Tps:Documentary Film

This course is a critical examination of many facets of documentary cinema and its related forms. It will examine the history of documentary practice in the United States and around the world, focusing on filmmakers, films, institutions, and social movements important to this history. The course interrogates many of the issues (ethics, the influence of technology, politics, production and reception of "reality") pertinent to documentary practice. Students will learn how the historical features of one form, documentary film, can be seen in many other media forms (reality television, radio, and the Internet) and thus understand how a specific form becomes the template for media investigation in a much larger, cultural sense.


Leigh-Anne Goins

291D: Tps:(New) Media and Marginalized Bodies

Examines the representations of groups and bodies in media.


Spring Semester information

Gigi Jennewein

291A: Tps:Shakespeare Spectacle in the Schools