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Ekin Yasin
COM 495
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Communication

Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Topics vary.

Class description

This course surveys perspectives and theories on culture and human communication. The course melds techniques and texts from the field of anthropology (such as field work) with communications, philosophy and media studies. The course will introduce major approaches to the study of social interaction, language, semiotics and cultural practices. The course aims to untangle the practice of everyday life and everyday communication to understand the prominence of culture for the make-up of communication. Themes will vary and will include topics of communication as they reveal issues about as gender, politics, art and language and humor to name a few.

The course also introduces students to linguistic and cultural practices of different nations to offer a multi-cultural discussion and perspective.

Student learning goals

Awareness of cross-cultural perspectives

Engaging in a critical analysis of everyday communication

Surveying materials pertaining to communications from various disciplines

Introduction to various multi-cultural perspectives

How to conduct fieldwork

General method of instruction

Class discussions, interactive learning, active participation, round-table discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Blog assignments, written field-work papers, final paper, media examples

Timely assignment submission, active class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ekin Yasin
Date: 09/20/2013