Year One Coursework

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

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.