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TCOM 101 Critical Media Literacy (5) I&S
Surveys historical, economic, and cultural contexts for contemporary media to foster critical literacy from local and global perspectives. Evaluates media messages to understand power structures and tools of persuasion in film, television, journalism, interactive and social media, sports media, and youth media.
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TCOM 201 Media and Society (5) I&S
Explores theoretical perspectives and core issues in the relationship between the media and society, including the production and reception of both news and entertainment. Evaluates the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations, and audiences.
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TCOM 220 Social Media (5) I&S
Explores the evolving world of social media and assesses their social, cultural, and political meanings and implications. Develops skills to critically reflect on social media experiences and develop effective media strategies as communication professionals.
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TCOM 230 Media Globalization and Citizenship (5) I&S
Introduces key concepts in international communication and global media studies such as cultural imperialism, electronic colonialism, and media globalization. Through case studies from around the world, students evaluate their positions as global citizens and explore opportunities for activism.
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TCOM 247 Television Studies (5) I&S
Introduces the study of television as a social, cultural, and political force. Examines the production, distribution, and reception of television texts of different genres, including news and entertainment; evaluates how television reflects and influences different societies and groups; explores television in different historical periods and through various technologies.
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TCOM 254 Communication History (5) I&S
Considers communication history as a complex matrix of patterns, systems, and technologies that are central to human history. Includes development of different forms of communication and the intertwining of the history of mass communication with the history of other social institutions.
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TCOM 257 Ethical Issues in Mass Communication (5) VLPA/I&S
Critically examines the relationship between the mass media and American society. Focuses on the individual journalist as a link between the two. Through a study of ethical theories, and of the social, political, and economic context of the media, evaluates the professional and ethical dilemmas of the journalist.
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TCOM 258 Children and Media (5) I&S
Examines the historical, sociological, and psychological context of children consuming myriad forms of media. Brings together scholarship from child psychology, television criticism, and reception studies.
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TCOM 275 Writing, Reporting, and Editing for the Mass Media (5) VLPA
Introduction to writing, reporting, and editing for print and broadcast media. Focuses on developing a concise writing style, passion for thorough, accurate reporting, and a sensitivity to various audiences' needs and interests. Explores standard news practices in news organizations and methods to effectively combine visual elements with the written word. Effective gathering of information and interviewing skills, note-taking and observation.
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TCOM 310 Contemporary Environmental Issues and the Media (5) I&S
Explores the complex relationship between contemporary environmental issues and the news media. Examines how environmental issues are framed and represented in various, corporate-owned news organizations as well as public relations and advertising.
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TCOM 312 Ecology, Inequality, and Popular Culture (5) I&S, DIV
Surveys the debates within cultural/critical studies to explore how portrayals of ecology in popular culture directly relate to representations of gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, and class. Applies numerous critical perspectives to understand key power structures in film, television, magazines, and novels from the U.S. and international sources.
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TCOM 320 Principles of Web Design (5) VLPA
Examines the theories and techniques of visual and design rhetoric to web design. Discusses how purpose, audience, and context affect the development of web pages and other electronic documents. Explores principles of web-based design, creation, layout, editing, publishing, and maintenance through web design practices.
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TCOM 330 Mobile Communication and Social Practice (5) I&S
Explores social practices surrounding mobile communication technologies and identifies their social, cultural, and political consequences across the globe. Develops a critical understanding of the historical development of mobile technologies and related key concepts. creates design prototype of mobile apps to understand and augment everyday mobile user experience.
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TCOM 340 Global TV: Format, Genre, and Reception (5) I&S
Focuses on current issues and topics in global television studies. Explores several case studies of television format from around the world in order to understand the development and evolution of television genre such as soap opera and reality TV in a transnational context.
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TCOM 347 Television Criticism and Application (5) VLPA
Explores narrative structures and production techniques utilized in television in an integrated manner. Analyzes and discusses critical approaches to television texts and techniques, including use of camera angles, lighting design, sound effects, and editing. Explores the application of basic production to techniques in a hands-on manner.
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TCOM 348 Non-fiction Writing for Television (5) VLPA
Explores non-fiction styles of writing for television, including news writing and documentary writing, with a focus on the development of stores from a proposal to a script. Addresses issues and conflicts that arise with the linking of visual images and spoken words in non-fiction television genres.
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TCOM 349 News Writing (5) VLPA
Covers principles of news writing and reporting, including lead writing, Associated Press style conventions, news judgment, and ethical and legal issues.
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TCOM 350 Editing and Design for Print Media (5) VLPA
Covers elements of print media editing and design including: selection and editing of news copy; headline writing; typography; selection, sizing and cropping of photos; functions of layout; principles of publication design and their practical applications. Students also complete several page design projects as teams.
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TCOM 351 Video Production (5, max. 10) VLPA
Examination of principles of visual and audio communication, including telling stores using image, movement, spoken words, and other sounds in an integrated manner. Discusses critical approaches to television production and utilizes them in a hands-on manner to develop production skills. Prerequisite: T COM 347.
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TCOM 353 Critical Approaches to Mass Communication (5) I&S
Critically examines the role of mass communication in producing and reproducing cultural meaning in contemporary U.S. society. Studies various media, including print, sound and film recording, broadcast, and new media.
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TCOM 380 Political Economy of the Media (5) I&S
Examines the historical evolution and economic structure in which media industries are embedded and develops theoretical and analytical tools for the evaluation of media industries. Surveys patterns of ownership and control, government policies, and other issues in media industries, including newspapers, magazines, television, motion pictures, and recorded music.
View course details in MyPlan: TCOM 380
TCOM 387 Writing for Public Relations (5) VLPA
Explores aspects of public relations writing, including news releases for print and broadcast media, advertising copy, speeches, newsletters, and crisis communication. Emphasizes writing for clarity and interest, simplifying complex issues, and conducting effective media relations. Prerequisite: either TCOM 275 or TCOM 349.
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TCOM 420 Advanced Web Design (5) VLPA
Explores advanced concepts, practices, and techniques in large-scale, user-centered web design. Emphasizes interaction design, web usability, and accessibility; design communication and design lifecycle; content management; ongoing site management; and cross-cultural issues. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 2.0 in TCOM 320.
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TCOM 430 Global Networks, Local Identities (5) I&S
Explores historical and contemporary debates on globalization, cultural imperialism, national identity, and global consumerism. Examines structure and content of such transnational networks as Star TV and CNN, and evaluates the impact of these networks on local identities.
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TCOM 440 Advertising and Consumer Culture (5) I&S
Explores the past, present, and future of advertising as a form of communication by examining television commercials, political campaigns, billboards, movie trailers, and magazine ads. Also explores the industry that creates these materials, the consumption practices they encourage, and their impact on contemporary culture.
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TCOM 444 Gender, Ethnicity, Class, and the Media (5) I&S, DIV
Discusses the media's powerful sites for the construction and promotion of ideologies of gender, ethnicity, and class. Studies the socio-historical origins of these ideologies, using methods of media analysis to examine their presence in contemporary print and broadcast media.
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TCOM 454 Communications Law (5) I&S
Examines issues surrounding freedom of expression in the United States and citizens' and the media's legal rights in gathering and disseminating news and information. Explores the freedoms afforded by the First Amendment and shows how those protections are still evolving in the twenty-first century.
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TCOM 460 Communication and National Development (5) VLPA/I&S
Focuses on controversial origins of development communication and the evolution of this field into grassroots development communication. Examines case studies of grassroots development and entertainment-education in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Draws connections between remote and local case studies of grassroots development through student-produced video documentaries.
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TCOM 461 Media and Identity in Asia (5) I&S
Explores dynamics of television production and consumption of non-western countries within their postcolonial and neocolonial contexts. Examines case studies from such countries as India, Indonesia, Singapore, China, and Malaysia. Addresses programming hybridity, audience resistance and adaptation, and the impact of transnational media networks n local cultural identities.
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TCOM 464 Field Research in Communication (5) I&S
Introduces students to contemporary issues that focus on the local community. Students learn and apply field research methods (ethnography, interviews, focus groups, and field research design) while working with community organizations in a service learning context.
View course details in MyPlan: TCOM 464
TCOM 465 Contemporary Free Speech Issues (5) I&S
Explores contemporary free speech issues in light of their social, political and economic implications in the United States. Examines United States Supreme Court cases and First Amendment theory related to those contentious free speech topics.
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TCOM 470 Documentary Production and Critique (5) VLPA
Examines theoretical and ethical issues involved in the production of non-fiction genres while shooting and editing short-form, community-based documentaries. Prerequisite: T COM 351.
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TCOM 471 Advanced Video Production (5) VLPA
Examines the elements of effective video storytelling, including story structure, character development, dialogue, and visual design while shooting and editing fictional short videos. Prerequisite: TCOM 351.
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TCOM 480 Critical Media Industry Studies (5, max. 10) I&S
Explores selected media industries or issues from a critical perspective. Focuses on the development of the theoretical and analytical tools to conduct critical research on media industries products and/or issues. Focus will vary, but can include the video games industry, television industry, or labor in creative industries. Recommended: TCOM 353 or TCOM 380.
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TCOM 481 Communication Regulation and Policy (5) I&S
Examines the theoretical foundation and historical evolution of communication regulation in the United States with the broadcast industries, television and radio, the primary focus. Surveys the current state of regulation in various communication industries in the aftermath of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
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TCOM 482 Investigative Reporting (5) I&S
Investigative reporting is demanding, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Prepares students to undertake quality in-depth journalism. Includes interviewing, researching, and writing lengthy investigative news articles. Prerequisite: either TCOM 275 or TCOM 349.
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TCOM 484 Opinion Writing for Mass Media (5) I&S
Explores the fundamentals of writing opinion for print, web, and broadcast media. Integrates the basic foundations of news gathering and writing with the skills needed to produce publishable opinion pieces. Prerequisite: either TCOM 275 or TCOM 349
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TCOM 486 Feature Writing for Print Media (5) VLPA
Explores the news feature writing, with emphasis on developing story ideas, gathering materials, and writing in clear, compelling fashion. Intended for students who wish to contribute articles to The Ledger, community newspapers, or specialty publications. Also covers writing for the freelance market. Prerequisite: either TCOM 275 or TCOM 349.
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TCOM 490 Communication Capstone Internship (5-10)
Communication or media related internship in the public or private sector, supervised by a Communication faculty member. Prerequisite: approval of internship proposal. Credit/no-credit only.
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TCOM 495 Communication Capstone Thesis (5)
Plan and carry out a significant scholarly communication or media studies independent research project under the direction of a Communication faculty member. Prerequisite: approval of thesis proposal.
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TCOM 498 Study Abroad in Communication (5-15, max. 15) I&S
Explores communication topics in international locales to enhance understanding of global-local dynamics. Taught on-site and includes interactions/collaborations with local organizations, scholars, and professionals; visits to exhibits and cultural venues, and participation in community experiences, where appropriate.
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TCOM 499 Special Topics in Communication (5, max. 10) VLPA
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary.
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