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Junior Seminars

COMM 190: A00

Instructor: Caroline Collins

Day & Time: Wednesday 11:00am -1:50pm

Title: Making 'Americanness' in Popular Culture

Description: This junior seminar examines how popular cultural products and narratives (re)construct and define ‘Americanness.’ Examining diverse sources such as films, music, sports, books, social media, comics, artwork, monuments, museums, holidays, commemorations, and tourist attractions, this course challenges students to explore the complex and often taken-for-granted relationship between notions of ‘Americanness’ and popular culture and the political stakes of this construction.


COMM 190: B00

Instructor: Angela Booker

Day & Time: Tuesday 9:30am -12:20pm

Title: Public Libraries, Power, & Collective Design Work

Description: This course explores the public library as a mediator of public need and access to public presence. During turbulent, traumatic, or uncertain times, public libraries have quietly served an institutional function grounding local, public access to basic needs. The institution sits at the heart of flows (and restrictions) of knowledge. In this course, we will explore ways in which public libraries serve multigenerational and varied socio-economically needs. We will consider specific cases in which public libraries have responded to change and grappled with circumstances that extend beyond their popularly understood purview


COMM 190: C00

Instructor: Fernando Dominguez Rubio

Day & Time: Monday 1:00pm - 3:50pm

Title: Urban Infrastructures & Citizenship

DescriptionIn this course, we will explore how urban infrastructures define different understandings and models of citizenship. We will do so by focusing on different aspects of the built environment, from sidewalks and buildings, to roads and other infrastructures to show how these physical elements do not simply play a functional or decorative role, but they also play a key role in defining the quality of public and political life as well as in creating different modes of inclusion and exclusion


COMM 190: D00

Instructor: Alexander Fattal

Day & Time: Wednesday 2:00pm - 4:50pm

Title: Photography: Between Social Change and Social Media

Description: Photography has long been considered a powerful vehicle for political mobilization. Since the rise of social networking, however, photography as a medium of activism has been transformed. While photographs continue to bear witness, their testimony often drowns in a sea of other images. This course contemplates documentary photography as a tool for affecting social change in the social media era.


COMM 190: E00

Instructor: Daniel Hallin

Day & Time: Thursday 9:30am - 12:20pm

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.

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 113T A00: Intermediate Topics in Communication

Instructor: Alex Fattal

Title: Media Arts/Activism

Description: This course considers the works of artists whose activist-oriented practice moves outside of gallery spaces to tackle pressing global problems. We will study contemporary artists, such as Banksy, Doris Salcedo, JR, and Ai Weiwei, as well as lesser known and local artists working in the San Diego/Tijuana borderland.  In final projects, students will conceptualize their own “artivist” intervention.


COMM 113T C00: Intermediate Topics in Communication

Instructor: Amanda Peacher

Title: Audio/Nonfiction Storytelling

Description: This course focuses on audio as a medium for nonfiction storytelling. We’ll listen to and critically analyze journalistic podcasts, features and news to evaluate what makes for compelling and effective audio as narrative form today. We’ll survey the landscape of the rapidly-evolving and innovative audio and podcasting market. Students will also develop basic interviewing, recording and production skills to be able to create and produce in this space. Students will record and produce a character profile as a final project.


COMM 113T D00: Intermediate Topics in Communication

Instructor: Andrew deWaard

Title: Film Authorship: Spike Lee & Kathryn Bigelow

Description: This course examines film authorship with a focus on Hollywood filmmaking in the last thirty years, as seen through two case studies: Spike Lee and Kathryn Bigelow. We begin with the tradition of “auteur theory” -- the idea that the director, not the screenwriter, is the true “artist” and “author” in filmmaking -- and will arrive at the broader contemporary conception of the filmmaker as a site of encounter for many elements: collaboration, identity, industry, intertext, reception, and historical context. Spike Lee is our first case study, and through the films Do the Right Thing, 4 Girls, Malcolm X, Inside Man, Chi-Raq, and BlacKkKlansmen, we will analyze traditional authorial elements, such as a formal “signature,” as well as recurring themes and motifs. We will also consider how authorship intersects with issues of race, class, violence, and representation. Kathryn Bigelow will be our second case study, and Near Dark, Blue Steel, Point Break, Strange Days, The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty, will allow us to consider issues of gender, genre, technology, war, and authorial responsibility.   

Advanced Electives - Topics

COMM 132: Advanced Topics in Communication

Instructor: Brie Iatarola

Title: Journalism Ethics

Description: This course explores the “code of ethics” in the field of print/digital Journalism. Students will analyze and critique cultural, economic, and political impacts that ethical frameworks have on content production and industry expectations. Students will explore various genres of journalistic storytelling and put ethics-based theories into action by producing and workshopping their creative content. Students will utilize the Associated Press Stylebook and develop critically conscious content that draws from various methodological approaches to journalistic writing including the inverted pyramid structure.


COMM 146: Advanced Topics in Cultural Production

Instructor: Zeinabu Davis

Title: Black Panther

Description: This course will look at the politics of the cinema industry and the development and reception of Marvel’s blockbuster film, Black Panther.  We will read articles, books & graphic novels connected to the character and the film, examine its reception, impact and worldwide response.  We will dive deeper into the issues around cinematic representations of Black people with a focus on depictions of African cultures in cinema.  Special focus will be placed around the women and the role of gender in the film & its production.  We will also consider the history and contributions of the original Black Panthers of the 1960s to American and world wide cultures.  The course will require you to read, write and contribute to conversations in class and to complete a project and/or paper related to Black Panther.