This course examines the basic language and techniques of media criticism
from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Students will read and analyze
current literature pertaining to broadcast media, film, and new media as well
as develop a personal construct based on cultural patterns and media issues
found in 21st century society. It will primarily focus upon media designed for
post high school aged audiences. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801 (Theory
and Culture Elective)
This course analyzes the scope of media in relationship to children. The
course examines the impact that media have on children in terms of behavior and
culture. It also examines the influence children have in shaping the media.
Discussions focus on multiple forms of children’s media including those within
entertainment and education. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801 (Theory and
This course presents students with a model-comparison approach to conducting
quantitative research. Students become familiar with various strategies for
formulating hypotheses, selecting experimental and quasi-experimental designs,
and using statistical software and other resources to conduct research.
This course provides an advanced forum in which to research, discuss, and
document current and emerging topics, issues, and applications in communication
technology. Offers students the opportunity to conceptualize and develop models
and strategies for the integrated application of theory and practice.
Literature reviews, topic analyses, and case studies are used to enhance
awareness of critical issues and potential application in real-life settings.
This course serves as an advanced experience to
assure students are prepared to conduct communication research in academic or
professional settings. Students will design a complete communications research
project suitable for professional presentation and publication. Their work will
encompass research design, measurement techniques, statistical procedures, and
philosophies of research. Quantitative and qualitative approaches will be
considered. Also covered are practical points such as data collection and
generation strategies, concept definitions, database structure, and report
design. Prerequisite: A minimum of 39 COMM doctoral credits.
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