2018 - 2019


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Year One Coursework

FALL 2018

Communication and Culture
Instructor: Elana Zilberg

This course focuses on questions of interpretation and meaning. This course will examine how people use texts to interpret the world and coordinate their activities in social groups. Students will study both theories of interpretation in the conventional sense and theories about the act of interpreting. 

COGR 294
The History of Communication Research
Instructor: Shawna Kidman
Intellectual history of the field of communication studies from Robert Park to the present. Explication and assessment of major research approaches and classic studies representing both empirical and critical traditions.



Communication as Social Force
Instructor: Kelly Gates

This course focuses on the political economy of communication and the social organization of key media institutions. There will be both descriptive and analytical concerns. The descriptive concern will emphasize the complex structure of communication industries and organizations, both historically and cross-nationally. The analytic focus will examine causal relationships between the economic and political structure of societies, the character of their media institutions, public opinion, and public attitudes and behaviors expressed in patterns of voting, consuming, and public participation. The nature of evidence and theoretical basis for such relationships will be critically explored. 

Communication and The Individual
Instructor: Lilly Irani

This course will draw on theorists who examine human nature as constituted by social, material, and historical circumstances. This course considers the media in relation to the ontogenetic and historical development of the human being and an examination of the individual as socially constituted in a language-using medium. The role of new communication technologies as part of research methodologies is explored in lecture-seminar.



COGR 296
Communication Research as an Interdisciplinary Activity
Instructor: Caroline Jack

A course that introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of the field of communication research as represented by the work of faculty in the Department of Communication. Through faculty research, students are presented with concrete examples of communication research theory and practice that can provide them with insights for conducting their own research projects.


Seminars and Topics Courses

FALL 2018

COGR 237
Performance Theory
Instructor: Patrick Anderson

Course is designed to introduce graduate students to the disciplinary, intellectual, and artistic genealogies of performance studies that bring together critical work from the fields of anthropology, art history, communication, critical gender studies, ethnic studies, film studies, literature, and theatre studies. 

COGR 275
Semiotics of Gilles Deleuze
Instructor: Morana Alac
In this course, we will exercise close reading of excerpts from Deleuze's opus, approaching them as texts in semiotics, and attending to our reading practices.



Content Analysis
Instructor: Daniel Hallin
History uses methodology of quantitative analysis of media content. Includes conceptual issues concerning the quantification of meaning and practical procedures for coding and data analysis. Students read examples of studies using content analysis and carry out their own pilot analyses. 

COGR 280
Advanced Workshop in Communication Media
Instructor: Patricia Ahn
This course is a project course in which students prepare a production or experiment using one of the forms of media. The course is designed to allow students to experiment in a communication form other than the usual oral presentation in class or a term paper. Students can do a video production, a coordinated photographic essay or exhibit, a computer instructional game, a published newspaper or magazine article directed at a special audience, a theatrical presentation, or some form other than those listed.



COGR 241
Geography and Communication
Instructor: Matilde Cordoba Azcarate

Geographies as media of political cultural communication. Not simply mapping but also territorial engineering as a way of constituting geographical significance. Cross-mapping practices—intersecting representational practices—as political forms of communication. Geographies as visual practices of power. 

COGR 275
Object Theories
Instructor: Fernando Dominguez Rubio
What is an object? Why do objects matter? The aim of this course will be to answer these questions by exploring some of the ways in which objects have been conceptualized, studied, feared or ignored across a variety of disciplines, historical periods and geographies. 

COGR 275
Research Methods: Crafting Research
Instructor: Gary Fields
This course focuses on the crafting of dissertation research in the social sciences and humanities. Admittedly, the seminar is something of an autobiography. It represents a personal reflection on the methodological challenges embedded in a major research project, based on the recent experience of the instructor in researching and writing a book-length comparative historical geography of land conflict across three case studies. Courses devoted to so-called "methods" generally focus on a canon of knowledge consisting of texts perhaps best characterized as 'primers' for doing research. While literature has its uses, reading it can be a turgid exercise. This seminar takes a very different approach to learning about methods for dissertation-writing. Instead of focusing on methods-specific texts, we will read some of the most engaging, influential and even controversial literature in humanities and social sciences. Although we will critique these reading for substance, our focus will be on the methodological architecture of these texts.