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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: Yelena Guzman
Title: Theater Meets Neuroscience

Description: While theater and neuroscience are seen as radically different pursuits, they have a long history of mutual fascination. This class looks at each practice through the lens of the other, asking what assumptions, fantasies and questions about human consciousness and subjecthood emerge in theatrical treatments of neuroscience, and in neuroscientific studies of theater. By reading theater texts about science, and comparing them to science texts about theater, we will consider what assumptions (e.g., about representation, experience, knowledge, empathy, experimentality and embodiment) get enacted across disciplines. In the final part of the course, we explore recent collaborations between scientists and theater makers, and explore how these interdisciplinary projects might impact some of the dominant paradigms in both theater and neuroscience.

COMM 190 (B00)
Instructor: Morana Alac
Title: Olfaction and Communication

Description: Scents and the sense of smell are considered to be particularly difficult to render and talk about. How do then those who talk about smell do it? To engage our communicative practices beyond readily available cultural structures, this seminar will examine how scientists, designers, perfumers, anthropologists, historians, museum curators, writers, and artists account for this ineffable sense. 

COMM 190 (C00)
Instructor: Elana Zilberg
Title: (Ex)Communication: Building Borders and Crossing Boundaries

Description: In 2016, then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ran on the promise of erecting an impenetrable wall along the entire length of the border between the United States and Mexico, and forcing Mexico pay for it. Last October, eight prototypes for the border wall were unveiled in Otay Mesa, close to San Diego. The full border wall is now projected to cost U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, close to $18 billion. Heated debates over this wall, border security and immigration have threatened to bring the U.S. government to the brink of shut down, effectively pitting national security against the continued viability of the nation-state.

This course examines the current fixation over the proposed border wall through a range of approaches to the border as a historical, geopolitical, economic and cultural construct. While the U.S.-Mexico border will serve as our primary site of investigation, we will expand our conceptual map to examine other geopolitical borders between the “global north” and “global south,” and to consider how borders extend into the territory of the nation-state itself.

COMM 190 (D00)
Instructor: Fernando Dominguez Rubio
Title: Urban Infrastructures & Citizenship
Description: In 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. 

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 113T: Intermediate Topics in Communication
Instructor: Stefan Tanaka
Title: The "New" of New Media

 Digital media as not as "new" as we think.  This course focuses on the reception of new media over the previous century, in particular, the way that people and society interpreted, used (or ignored), and adapted new forms of communication, as well as ways that new media maintained or altered social relations.

Advanced Electives - Topics

COMM 132: Advanced Topics in Communication
Instructor: Andrew Whitworth-Smith
Title: The Global Information Society

Description: This course takes a historic as well as global view of the question, “Who controls information?”  It introduces a set of theories about communication technologies and mass media by considering the changing relationship of the state and the market across different societies.  Particular attention will be paid to the differential impact of “free flows” of information and the unequal roles and needs of developed and developing countries. 

COMM 172: Advanced Topics in Communication
Instructor: Olga Vasquez
Title: Pedgagoy as Mediation: Waking Up to Culture

Description: Drawing on sociocultural theory on learning and development, this course examines the ways in which pedagogy attempts to produce a certain kind of learner and cultural being.  It will attempt to make visible the processes involved in the construction of who we are as learners as well as who we are as cultural beings in several forms of pedagogy—the traditional classroom the afterschool program, and the faith-based bible school. It will ask students to identify the goals and objectives of each pedagogy, i.e., how  a particular pedagogy leads to becoming part of a particular cultural group with a particular form of knowledge and skill?  It will also raise the questions about the legitimacy of the proposed inculcation and the role that learner’s community’s funds of knowledge plays or should play in the pedagogy.