FALL 2018



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Junior Seminars

PREREQUISITES: Junior Standing and MUST HAVE TAKEN COMM 10 and AT LEAST 1 of the COMM 100 courses

COMM 190 (A00)
Instructor: Valerie Hartouni
Title: Student Rebellion in the 1960s: Model or Myth?

Description: The 1960's were a particularly turbulent decade in American life whose meaning and legacy continue to be debated.  During this now thoroughly romanticized period of unrest, cultural and political claims, meanings, and practices collided, at times violently, in streets, courts, universities, and legislatures across the land. Whether one sees these struggles as moments of opportunity and democratic possibility or as the moral and political unraveling of a once great Republic, most will agree that the era contributed to reshaping (fundamentally, for better or worse) the understandings, expectations, and shared practices that organize individual and collective life.  This course explores critical events and trends of the decade, especially as they unfolded on university campuses across the country, and also looks at their lasting impact (real or imagined). Through the use of film, television, autobiography, literature, historical narrative, and music, we will consider the war in Viet Nam and its opposition, the Civil Rights movement, Student Revolt and the Free-Speech Movement, the beginnings of the so-called sexual revolution and the emergence and growth of counter-cultures.


COMM 190 (B00)
Instructor: Christo Sims
Title: UC 2048

Description: In this seminar we take up the following speculative design challenge: what might the University of California look like in the year 2048? Through individual and group work, you will learn to analyze relations between political economy, public institutions, and cutting-edge proposals for how public universities can be "fixed" in high-tech ways. Additionally, you will imagine and develop your own ideas about how public universities could be different than they are today. Throughout, we will ask questions about equity, learning, the undergraduate experience, and the roles that public universities do and can play in society. You will learn to interrogate current debates around technological innovation, political economy, and institutional change and you will develop skills for exploring and communicating currently unimagined futures. This is a hands-on course that involves a fair amount of project-based group work. 


COMM 190 (C00)
Instructor: Daniel Hallin
Title: The Mediatization of Health and Medicine

Description: In this seminar we will explore media representations of health and medicine and the role of media and communication in shaping the health knowledge and the health care system. Traditionally, the role of the media has been seen narrowly, in terms of transmitting scientific knowledge to lay audiences. In fact, however, media play much wider and more active roles in the complex process by which knowledge a health and medicine is constituted and the cultural meanings of health and medicine formed. Journalists mediate between various actors and perspectives that contend to shape health policy and behaviors; the internet transforms patients' relations to physicians and to each other; public relations professionals become part of the medical research process and physicians play a central role in television news. We will look at this process of mediatization of health and medicine--and medicalization of media--from many different angles. 


COMM 190 (D00)
Instructor: Angela Booker
Title: Mediating Learning & Participation in a Democratic Society

Description: In this course, we will ask questions about how learning is conceived, experienced, and organized toward particular goals, intentions, and frameworks that may or may not be explicitly stated. We will study learning opportunities, challenges, and trajectories of participation in civic and public life. We will specifically consider youth-focused cases and examples, but the course opens more broadly to community-oriented perspectives. Students in the course will examine where change is occurring and when access to new forms of participation is either growing or becoming restricted, and for whom. Across these areas of focus, we will look to the evolving nature of tools and technologies for participation in schools, communities, and society. The course should be of interest to students with a particular interest in youth or adolescence, democratic practice, and bridging contexts of learning and authentic participation.  

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 113T: Intermediate Topics in Communication
Instructor: Alex Dubee
Title: Celebrity, Self, and Society

Description: This course approaches celebrity as a description of an individual who has become well-known through media exposure, as well as a cultural logic that prioritizes and legitimizes the most visible among us. Throughout the quarter, we will explore how contemporary celebrity impacts the formation of the self, cultural norms and practices, politics, and knowledge production. The course will also survey social theories that seek to explain how and why celebrity has come to play such an influential role in our society in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Special attention will be given to the changing nature of celebrity due to the emergence of social media and reality TV.

Advanced Electives - Topics

COMM 146: Advanced Topics in Communication
Instructor: Andras Kovacs
Title: Social Psychology of Hollywood Films

Description: One of the reasons Hollywood cinema is so attractive worldwide is that these films propagate a way of life that moves the imagination of audiences regardless of their nationality, religion and cultural tradition. The most important ingredient of the value system underlying this way of life is individual success and happiness. Hollywood films have formed over the past hundred years a set of behavioral and psychological patterns that are considered to help reaching success and happiness. What are these patterns? What does Hollywood way of storytelling and character construction suggest us about what psychological traits and modes of behavior will make us both happy and successful, and how not following these patterns causes failure. In this course, we will analyze well known Hollywood films from different historical periods to see the different variations the same personality traits and behavioral patterns appearing in them leading to success or happiness.