Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

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Using APA style in Essays and Research Papers

Using APA style in Essays and Research Papers

The following is a brief summary of APA citation and reference style for students in COMM 3201 Health Communication and other courses. FONT, FORMATTING AND SPACING Use Times New Roman 12 pt font throughout the paper. Double space your paper by choosing Select All Text from Edit pull down menu or pressing Command + A. While highlighted...
Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas "Fracking" as Public Health Debates: Readings for Nov. 17 & 20

Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas “Fracking” as Public Health Debates: Readings for Nov. 17 & 20

The following are additional readings for COMM 3201 Health Communication. NOV 17 & NOV 20 —  Natural gas “fracking” and nuclear energy as public health debates Readings: Ropeik, D. (2012, June 15). The Rise of Nuclear Fear: How We Learned to Fear the Radiation. Scientific American.com. [HTML] Stoutenborough et al (2013). Knowledge, risk and policy support: Public...
Short Analysis Paper 3: Analyzing the Vaccine Debate / Hype and Hope in Genetics and Biomedicine

Short Analysis Paper 3: Analyzing the Vaccine Debate / Hype and Hope in Genetics and Biomedicine

The following is the third short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. Drawing on class readings and discussion, discuss how worldviews and social identity influence public perceptions of the vaccine debate.  Also discuss how the media...
Short Analysis Paper 2: Assessing Fitness Industry Claims / The Local Food Movement

Short Analysis Paper 2: Assessing Fitness Industry Claims / The Local Food Movement

The following is the second short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. Drawing on the Timothy Caulfield reading, how and why does the fitness industry twist messages about exercise? What does Caulfield suggest are the most...
Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Over the past decade, among the most frequently voiced criticisms of higher education is that universities are not adequately preparing students to be successful professionals, engaged citizens, and/or informed consumers of information. The social sciences and the humanities are among the most vulnerable to these charges; as fields like communication, sociology, and political science are...