INTRO TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY
COMMUNICATING IN GROUPS AND TEAMS
This course offers a broad overview of the major concepts and theories of group and intergroup communication processes. This includes a comparative examination of “top-down” models developed in traditionally studied contexts alongside newer “bottom-up” models that address the unique (inter)group dynamics found in less formal settings. The course is organized around a series of fundamental issues and topical concerns across small groups, identity-based groups, teams, and communities. By the completion of the course, students should: 1) have a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the major issues and concepts concerning communication in and between groups, teams, and communities of practice across a variety of contexts; and, 2) be able to apply this knowledge in a range of scholarly and practice-oriented settings. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings in terms of their content and any perceived weaknesses.
COMMUNICATION, POWER, AND INEQUALTIY
- Lemert, Charles (2018). Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global and Classic Readings (6th Ed). New York: Routledge.
- Castells, Manuel (2009). Communication Power. Oxford: Oxford UP.
- Sassen, Saskia (2014). Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Cambridge, MA: Belknapp press.
- Zuboff, Shoshana (2018). The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. New York: PublicAffairs.
- Eubanks,Virginia. (2018). Automating Inequality: How high tech tools profile, police and punish the poor. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
SUPERVISED TEACHING IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
This course provides a space for teachers of communication to develop philosophies and approaches to teaching by reflecting on both the practice and theory of communication pedagogy. Rather than an in-depth study of particular communication pedagogies or training students as teachers for a particular course, this seminar offers a survey of the basic tools common to teaching in the humanities, as well as a cursory examination of some of the most common pedagogical theories used in communication studies.
Throughout this course, we will produce critical and reflective understandings of the practices and discourses of communication education while directly wedding that reflective understanding to our actions in our classrooms. In so doing, we will develop philosophies of communication education that can be expressed as theoretical models of pedagogy and can be demonstrated in specific pedagogical activity.