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Core Courses

COMM 10 (previously COGN 20)
Introduction to Communication (4) – Marisa Brandt
Lecture MWF 2:00 – 2:50 CENTER 214

Students register by section

Prerequisite: None
  • A01 835777 M 1:00 – 1:50p CENTER 203
  • A02 835778 M 3:00 – 3:50p CENTER 203
  • A04 835780 W 10:00 – 10:50a HSS 1305
  • A07 843542 M 3:00 - 3:50p MCC 201

COMM 100C (previously COSF 100)
Social Formations (4) – John McMurria
Lecture TuTh 12:30 – 1:50p PETER 110
Students register by section
Prerequisite: COMM 10

  • A01 835784 M 8:00 – 8:50a HSS 2152
  • A02 835785 M 12:00 – 12:50p HSS 2152
  • A03 835786 M 1:00 – 1:50p HSS 2152
  • A04 835787 Tu 8:00 – 8:50a HSS 1305
  • A05 835788 W 1:00 – 1:50p HSS 2152
  • A06 835789 W 4:00 – 4:50p HSS 2152
  • A07 835790 W 11:00 – 11:50a HSS 1315
  • A08 835791 Th 8:00 – 8:50a HSS 2152
  • A09 835792 F 9:00 – 9:50p HSS 2152
  • A10 835793 F 10:00 – 10:50a HSS 2152
  • A11 835794 F 2:00 – 2:50p HSS 2152
  • A12 835795 F 3:00 – 3:50p HSS 2152


Junior Seminars

COMM 190 (previously COGN 150) 
Junior Seminar in Communication (4) – Christo Sims
Title: The Future of Learning
Lecture Tu 5:00 - 7:50p MCC 133

A00 Section ID: 835831

Description: This seminar focuses on how new and emerging technologies figure in contemporary debates about the future of learning. Topics will include, the “gamification” of education, massively open online courses (MOOCs), and various DIY or “maker” educational programs. Students will work individually and in small groups to critically analyze these proposed innovations, as well as to develop their own ideas about how education could and should be designed differently. Throughout, we will ask questions about equity, the roles of education in society, and learning in non-school settings. Students will learn to critically analyze the latest debate around media technologies and learning, receive extensive guidance in how to dissect, critique, and construct verbal and written arguments, and develop skills for exploring, imagining, and communicating alternative futures.

COMM 190 (previously COGN 150) 
Junior Seminar in Communication (4) – Morana Alac
Title: Smell and Communication
Lecture W 3:00 - 5:50p MCC 133

A00 Section ID: 835832

Description: It is widely accepted that we use our sense of smell to grasp the world and communicate. Yet, scents and the sense of smell have been considered as particularly difficult phenomena to discursively capture and talk about. In this seminar we will examine how different professions -- scientists, designers, human-computer interaction specialists, perfumers, anthropologists, historians, sociologists, architects, museum curators, writers, and artists -- account for and communicate about scents. 

COMM 190 (previously COGN 150) 
Junior Seminar in Communication (4) – Dan Hallin
Title: The Mediatization of Health and Medicine 
Lecture M 1:00 - 3:50p MCC 133

A00 Section ID: 835833

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 tranmitting scientific knowledge to lay audiences.  In fact, however, media play much wider and more acive roles in the complex process by which knowledge a health and medicine is consitututed and the cultural meanings of health and medicine formed.  Journalists mediate between various actors and perspectives that contend to shpe 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 (previously COGN 150) 
Junior Seminar in Communication (4) – Anna Starshinina
Title: The Politics of Numbers
Lecture M 12:00 - 2:50p MCC 201

A00 Section ID: 835832

Description: Numbers, percentages, and rating scales are widely used to measure human capabilities, personalities and bodies. How are numbers used to communicate information and create knowledge about human beings? What are the social implications of understanding ourselves through numbers and measurements? In this seminar, we will consider the role of numbers and statistics in measuring individuals, and evaluate their effects on political and social life. We will examine how 20th century science helped to spread practices of quantification, and analyze the possibilities and drawbacks of those practices. In addition to readings from academic disciplines, we will critically analyze contemporary charts, graphs, and questionnaires to consider their practices of production, supporting assumptions, and the resulting consequences.  Students will also conduct their own qualitative analysis of a contemporary example. The course will prepare students to think about and discuss issues associated with quantifying everyday life. 

Intermediate Electives


COMM 101
Introduction to Audiovisual Media Practices (4)  Zeinabu Davis
Lecture TuTh 11:00 – 12:20p Centr 222

  • A01 835955 W 9:00 – 11:50a MCC 222
  • A02 835956 W 3:00 – 5:50p MCC 222

COMM 101D (previously COMT 100)
Media Production Lab: Non-linear Digital Editing (4)  Dan Martinico
Lecture: M 3:00 – 5:50p MCC 221
Section ID: 835802
Prerequisites: COMM 101 or VIS 70N

MPL: Topics in Production "Youtube, Trans-Media, and the Online Culture of the Clip" (4)  Wolfgang Hastert
Lecture: W 1:00 – 3:50p MCC 140
Section ID: 835803
Prerequisite: COMM 101
Description: Short filmmaking and media production are evolving rapidly as distribution and broadcast are so immediate on the internet. This workshop-style seminar examines diverse genres of online publishing for user-generated narratives and explores editing and distribution tools for social networking sites like YouTube. Students will create media pieces at home on their computer screens, on location, and in the studio and then broadcast them, participating in the culture of the clip in cyberspace.

COMM 102C 
Methods of Media Production Practicum: Media & Design/Social Learning Contexts (6)  Camille Campion
Description: "Practicum in New Media & Community Life" is an interdisciplinary practicum course designed to help you learn and apply theories of communication, human cognition and socio-cultural development. You will be introduced to these theories in a seminar setting and asked to draw on them outside the classroom as you engage in hands-on research as well as the design and implementation of youth learning activities and community events in an after-school learning center in Southeastern San Diego.
Course Flyer: http://goo.gl/kRmaSF
Lecture Th 3:30 – 6:20 MCC 133
  • A01 835961 MTu 4:00  6:00p
  • A02 835962 MW 4:00 – 6:00p
  • A03 835963 TuW 4:00 – 6:00p
Methods of Media Production Practicum: Practicum in Child Development (6)  Harry Simon
A combined lecture/lab course, students attend lecture, write field notes, and spend three hours per week in specially designed after-school settings working with children and designing new educational media and producing special projects.
Lecture Th 9:30a – 12:20p MCC 133
  • A01 835809 M 2:30 – 6:30p TBA
  • A02 835810 Tu 2:30 – 6:30p TBA
  • A03 835811 W 2:30 – 6:30p TBA
  • A04 835812 W 2:30 – 6:30p TBA
MPL: Television Documentary (6)  Patricia Montoya
Lecture W 9:00a – 11:50a MCC 140
  • A01 840767 M 9:00 – 11:50p MCC 140
  • A02 840768 M 1:00 – 3:50p MCC 140 

COMM 104G 
CMS: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)  Dan Hallin
Lecture TuTh 11:00 – 12:20p YORK 300A
Section ID: 835816

COMM 106I 
Cultural Industries: Internet Industry (4) – Lilly Irani

Lecture TuTh 2:00 – 3:20a CSB 002
Section ID: 840672

COMM 108D 
Politics of Bodies: Disabilities (4) - John Armenta
Lecture: TuTh 6:30 - 7:50p PETER 103
Section ID: 840753

COMM 111F 
CCP: Folklore and Communication (4) – Michele Goldwasser
Lecture TuTh 5:00a –6:20p CSB 002
Section ID: 835819

COMM 112C 
The Idea of Childhood (4) - Stefan Tanaka
Lecture: MW 5:00 - 6:20p MANDE B-150
Section ID: 839120
Description: Our understanding of childhood as a stage of innocence is a modern idea.  The idea of childhood has not been constant; different cultures, communities, and classes have shaped the integration of children according to their own standards. We examine the different ways that attitudes toward children have changed, how these attitudes have been connected to an understanding of the human being, and how the desires of society and parents are manifested in what they think the child should be.

IM: Language and Globalization (4) - Ivanna Guarrasi
Lecture: MWF 11:00 - 11:50p MANDE B-150
Section ID: 826379

COMM 112M  
IM: Communication and Social Machines (4) - Morana Alac
Lecture: Tu 5:00 - 7:50p  MCC 201
Section ID: 835821

COMM 113T  *NEW*
MC: The Social Power of Mass Communication  (4) – Jericho Burg

Lecture MWF 10:00 – 10:50a PETER 102
Section ID: 839109

Description: Media systems are central to any society.  The study of mass communication, how ndividuals and entities relay information to large groups through the mass media, is likewise central to understanding power and influence in contemporary society.  This course will examine how the structures of mass media - including ownership, profit imperatives, and support mechanisms like advertising and public relations - shape our knowledge of and interaction with the world.  We will explore news and entertainment media as well as new digital and social media in our effort to understand the role of mass communication in democratic processes and the increasingly globalized economy. 

CSI: Food Justice (4) – Keith Pezzoli

Lecture M 5:00p – 7:50p WLH 2113
Section ID: 841196
Description: Examine food justice from diverse theoretical and applied perspectives: race, ethnicity, class, culture, ethics, equity, law, economy, ecology, science, sovereignty, production, consumption, globesity and wellbeing. Analyze food justice organizations/movements creating healthy and sustainable food systems locally, bioregionally and globally.

CSI: Gender and Science (4) – Sarah Klein 

Lecture TuTh 9:30a – 10:50a MCC 250
Section ID: 841122

CSI: Communication and the Law (4) – Robert Horwitz

Lecture TuTh 11:00a – 12:20p WLH 2113
Section ID: 835822

Advanced Electives

COMM 120N (previously COMT 110) 
AMP: News Media Workshop (4) – Andrew Kleske
Lecture M 5:00 – 7:50p SEQUO 148

Section ID: 839116

COMM 132
Advanced Studies in Communication, Politics and Society (4) – Boatema Boateng 
Title: National Narratives from Land of the Rising Sun to Land of the Free
Lecture TuTh 2:00 - 3:20p SOLIS 109
Section ID: 835824
Description: Nations have been described as imagined communities, and each nation imagines itself in different ways. The Belize national anthem, for example, refers to the country as “the land of the free” while Japan is known as “the land of the rising sun.” Drawing on the news media and cultural texts, this course critically examines narratives of the nation in these and other countries, and considers the varying ways that the nation is defined from within and outside, as well as the consequences of those definitions.

COMM 146 (previously COCU 175)
Advanced Studies in Cultural Production (4) – Angela Booker
Title: New Media, Democracy, & Youth
Lecture MWF 9:00 - 9:50a MANDE B-150
Section ID: 835826
Description:  In this course, students will investigate what it means to engage in democratic practice by examining forms of communication that youth develop to participate, organize, or resist in spheres of public life. With new media has come a promise of new and expanded access to public participation. Has this promise been fulfilled? Students in the course will develop a critical understanding of distinctions between ideals and practice. We will surface, analyze, produce, and counter intersecting narratives about new media, democracy, and youth. The course will be of particular interest to students interested in politics and communication, human development, community engagement, and human computer interaction (HCI).

COMM 158 (previously COSF 188) 
Representations of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict (4) – Gary Fields
Lecture TuTh 5:00 – 6:20p MANDE B-150

Section ID: 835827

COMM 162
Advanced Studies in Cultural Industries (4) – Matilde Cordoba Azcarate
Title: Framing the Other in Cultural Tourism
Lecture TuTh 11:00 - 12:20p MCC 201
Section ID: 835828
Description: Cultural Tourism is one of the largest creative industries in the world and a powerful one when it comes to create images and experiences of cultural difference. This course critically explores the ways in which the cultural tourism industry -including culinary tourism, ethnographic tourism, literary and cinematographic tourism, ‘voluntourism’ and slum tourism among others- depicts other places and peoples for consumption purposes. We will pay special attention to practices of framing the Other for tourists and to the consequences that such representations have upon other people’s everyday practices and lived spaces. 

COMM 172
Advanced Studies in Mediation and Interaction (4) – Christo Sims
Title: Introduction to Digital Media in Society
Lecture TuTh 9:30 – 10:50a MANDE B-150

Section ID: 835829
Description: We all know that digital media technologies pervade our lives, but where did they come from, how are they shaping the ways in which people live and relate to one another, and who or what shapes and supports them? This course introduces students to various perspectives on digital media in society. We will examine depictions of digital technologies in popular culture and public debates alongside historical, legal, social, and cultural analyses of the media technologies that, according to many, define the age in which we live. 

COMM 180 (previously COHI 137) 
Advanced Studies in Communication Theory (4) – Matilde Cordoba Azcarate
Title: Branding and Consuming Nature
Lecture TuTh 9:30 – 10:50a MCC 201
Section ID: 835830
Description:  This course discusses the processes of branding and consuming nature that are characteristic of globalization processes. It uses a sociocultural approach to analyze specific case studies where natural spaces and its resources have been commoditized through tourism planning, conservation policies and urban development. The course pays special attention to the practices of contestation and resistance to corporate globalization as encountered in our built environment.


Special Studies

COMM 198 and 199 (previously COGN 198, COGN 199)
Independent or Independent Group Study (4)
Students interested in doing an Independent or Group study with a particular Communication professor must get the Special Studies form either on line or from the Communication advising office and speak with one of the undergraduate advisors.


Prerequisites: must be taken with AIP 197.

COMM 193
Advanced Topics in Communication: General (2) - Michele Goldwasser
Specialized study in general communication with topics to be determined by the instructor for any given quarter. May be repeated for credit.
Section ID: 835835


Seminar in Science Studies (4) – Martha Lampland and Lilly Irani
Lecture Tu 9:30 – 12:20p HSS 3027
Section ID: 835887

Colloquium in Science Studies (4) – Martha Lampland
Lecture M 4:00 – 6:50p HSS 3027
Section ID: 835888

COGR 243
Media Technologies (4) – Kelly Gates
Lecture: W 3:00 – 5:50p MCC 201
Section ID: 835889

COGR 275
Topics in Communication (4) – Fernando Dominguez Rubio
Title: Object Theories

Lecture F 11:00 - 1:50p MCC 201

Section ID: 835891
Description: Over the last decades there has been a growing interest in the study of objects and the kind of roles they perform in shaping social relations and creating different forms of meaning and value. The aim of this course is to explore some of the different ways in which objects have been conceptualized and studied across a variety of disciplines and historical periods. To do so, the course will trace an alternative route to the study of objects by focusing on an heterodox group of authors (e.g. H. Belting, A. N. Whitehead, G. Simondon, J. Rancière, B. Stiegler, or P. Sloterdijk), and by exploring new and emerging approaches such as the new feminist materialisms (e.g. D.Coole and S.Frost); object-oriented philosophies (e.g. G. Harman, Q. Meillassoux); or the ontological turn in anthropology (e.g. E. Viveiros de Castro).

COGR 296

Communication Research as an Interdisciplinary Activity (4) – Angela Booker 
Lecture: M 12:00 - 2:50p MCC 127
Section ID: 835892