COM 589 COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This course reviews research, principles, and issues relevant to engaging the public and policy-makers on climate change, energy, technological innovation, and related sustainability issues. The course is intended to:
- Familiarize students with different traditions, schools of thought, modes of practice, and areas of research relevant to understanding the connections between science, policy, and communication.
- Provide an integrated understanding of the institutions, organizations, and actors involved in public communication and policymaker engagement; as well as the different types of professional careers and opportunities.
- Train students how to find, read, understand, evaluate, discuss, write about, explain, apply, and build on the findings and implications of research from the social sciences, communication, policy studies and related disciplines.
- Train students to research and write a policy-relevant paper.
- Train students to apply theory and research to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public engagement initiatives.
COM 750 ADVANCED MEDIA THEORY
In this introductory seminar for Doctoral students, each week focuses on a specific process, challenge, or topic relevant to the many intersections among the media, technology and democracy. The goal is for students to acquire an integrated understanding and expertise that enables them to build upon multiple disciplines in their investigation of communication, public problems and policy debates. The course features research not only from the discipline of communication, but also from psychology, sociology, political science, and other fields.
COM 533 ETHICAL PERSUASION
This course is an advanced overview of persuasion and strategic communication as applied in politics, advocacy, public relations, marketing, and advertising, with a focus on the major ethical, normative, and legal questions that are relevant to these fields. By the end of this course, students think about communication and persuasion differently. They have an integrated understanding of how various industries, organizations, and professions influence what we think, believe, and do as a society and as individuals. As future professionals, their assumptions of what is right, ethical, a best practice, or “good” for society are challenged. As citizens and consumers, they are better prepared to make more effective and wiser decisions.