WINTER 2017

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
 - WINTER 2017 COURSE LISTING


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For course descriptions please visit the UCSD catalog at:
http://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/COMM.html


Junior Seminars

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

COMM 190
Instructor: Olga Vasquez
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COMM 190
Instructor: Dan 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 about 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
Instructor: David Serlin
Title: Touch as Communciation 
Description: 
This course explores human touch as a medium of communication and as a mode of interactive engagement that challenges forms of sensory communication (such as sight and sound) typically associated with technology-based media. Students will examine touch within various scientific, social, and political contexts, and develop projects that put critical thinking about touch and tactility at the center of analysis and interpretation.

COMM 190
Instructor: David Serlin
Title: Touch and Communication
Description: 
This course explores human touch as a medium of communication and as a mode of interactive engagement that challenges forms of sensory communication (such as sight and sound) typically associated with technology-based media. Students will examine touch within various scientific, social, and political contexts, and develop projects that put critical thinking about touch and tactility at the center of analysis and interpretation. 

COMM 190 
Instructor: Boatema Boateng
Title: Fibers of Communication: The Language and Politics of Fabrics, Clothing, and other Material Culture
Description: 
Why are leather jackets associated with masculinity and toughness? Why are quilts associated with family and comfort? Why is kente cloth associated with Black pride? How did women around the world turn knitting and other needlework into a political movement? Drawing on scholarship in areas like material culture, critical legal studies, Black studies and gender studies, this course examines different kinds of material culture in order to understand their history as well as their social, cultural and political significance. It also provides students with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of the history, culture, and politics of an item of material culture of their choice.

Intermediate Electives - Topics

COMM 101T - Topics in Production
Instructor: Patty Ahn
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Advanced Electives - Topics

COMM 132 - Advanced Topics in Communication
Instructor: Carl McKinney
Title: Sex Communication
Description: 
We’ve all heard that “sex sells.” In this course we examine the organization of some of the many industries that produce cultural goods and services as commodities, focusing not only on how these cultural products are often sexualized but also on how sex and sexuality are themselves produced as commodities. Looking at the film, music, gaming, advertising, sports, pornography, and personals industries, we will explore how the production of “sexual commodities” is organized, how these products are distributed, and the impact of the organization and distribution of sexual goods and services on the conditions of work and on the cultural landscapes of our everyday lives.