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Communication 104

Introduction to Communication

This course offers students an orientation to "Communication Studies" including exploration of the three communication focus areas, advising, preview of requirements for the major and minor, student organizations, internships, study abroad opportunities, and a variety of resources and services available to students to support their success in the major and/or minor.

Communication 111    3 units (crs.)

Introduction to Public Speaking (GE)

Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.

Communication 112    3 units (crs.)

Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (GE)
Individual Speech Communication skills through the study of theory and experience in a variety of speeches. Open primarily to university honor scholars. If space permits, students who demonstrate above average oral communication ability and/or potential via a written test and oral performance will be allowed to enroll. Assignments in the course will be more challenging than those in Communication 111, with expectations of higher performance levels. Not open to students who have taken Communication 111. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in INTRDSCP 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.

Communication 118    3 units (crs.)

Communication in Contemporary Society
This course is a general introduction to communication studies as represented in the UW Oshkosh Department of Communication. Topics include the Communication Tradition, Methods of Discovery, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication and Mass Media, and Communication and Theatre. The course is designed to make connections between the variety of programs and emphases available in the Department. Students will engage the major journals and be able to identify the key issues facing the field.

Communication 214    3 units (crs.)

Interpersonal Speech Communication
Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations, and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.

Communication 215    3 units (crs.)

Small Group Communication
Theory, practice, and instructional methods of face-to-face communication in small groups; emphasizing field, role, conflict resolution, and problem-solving through group communication. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.

Communication 219   3 units (crs.)

Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

Explores the nature, function, and consequences of rhetoric. The course includes an introduction to rhetorical theorists and practitioners, a sampling of the major subject areas in the field of rhetoric, and the critical concepts included in these areas. Course assignments are designed to help students think critically about the study of rhetoric and what it offers to us as inviduals and to society as a whole.

Communication 220    3 units (crs.)

Interviewing
Examination of factors that influence successful attainment of interview objectives, which maximize information quality, and which enhance participant satisfaction. Theory and strategies appropriate to information-gathering, information-giving, personnel selection, performance appraisal, discipline, complaint and persuasive interviews will be discussed. Students will analyze professional interviews, participate in class exercises and role-playing to develop their interviewing skills. Prerequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

Communication 236    3 units (crs.)

Introduction to Communication Theory
A critical examination of various theories of Communication and their philosophical, theoretical, and methodological similarities and differences. Includes examination of theory components and theory building and evaluation. Prerequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

Communication 265    3 units (crs.)

Oral Interpretation
A study of the principles and vocal techniques of oral interpretation, and their application to the various forms of literature. Prerequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

Communication 267    3 units (crs.)

Effective Listening
Analysis of the act of listening: process, types, barriers to, and the improvement of listening skills. Frequent skill building exercises and the testing of listening for comprehension and retention. Prerequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

Communication 268    3 units (crs.)

Gender, Communication and Relationships (SS)
Focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homoaffective relationships, friendships, and professional relationships. Cross-listed: Communication 268/Women's Studies 268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Communication students are recommended to have taken Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

Communication 275    3 units (crs.)

Argumentation and Debate
The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor. Speech Education majors/minors and those wanting to travel with the debate team should not enroll in Communication 275. This course does not meet the Speech Education major/minor requirements.

Communication 277    3 units (crs.)

Intercollegiate Academic Debate
The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Prerequisite: Communication 111 and students enrolled in Communication 277 are required to co-enroll in Communication 411.

Communication 280    3 units (crs.)

Introduction to Organizational Communication
The course deals with the basic content of organizational communication: theory of communication, small groups, interpersonal communication, conflict, and other communication variables. Attempts to draw the link between the theoretical perspective and the pragmatic application of the topic.

Communication 302  3 units (crs.)

Communication and the Human Condition

This course explores the role of communication in the development, maintenance, and negotiation of self-identities within the social strucutres they inhabit. Prerequisites: Communication 104, and one of the folowing: Communication 213 or 214, 219 or 280.

Communication 303    3 units (crs.)

Advanced Public Speaking
In this course, students will further develop their character and competency through self-reflection, audience analysis, oral rehearsal, and listening to constructive feedback to progress in their journeys toward becoming remarkable people who lead and influence with their public spoken words.  Students engage in community-based learning in this course, speaking to an actual audience on an issue for which they have passion and expertise. Prerequisite: Commnuication 111 or 112; or consent of intructor

Communication 304    3 units (crs.)

Business and Professional Speaking
An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or 112; or consent of instructor.

Communication 314    3 units (crs.)

Inside-Out Prison Exchange

Focuses on how language shapes our understanding of issues and topics related to incareration. This course brings together equal numbers of UWO students and incarcerated students at a local correctional institution. Ten joint class sesions are held at the correctional institution. The other three class sessions are held on campus for UWO students and at the correctional facility for incarcerated students.  Prerequisites: By Instructor Consent Only. To be considered for a seat in this course, students must complete an interview with the instructor.

Communication 316    3 units (crs.)

Gender and Discourse (HU)
Explores gender through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the public vocabularies through which we understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such discourses, and invites discussion on alternative language choices. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 316 or Women's Studies 316. Prerequisite for Commnuication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 104; Prerequities or Corequisite for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 219; or consent of instructor. Prerequiste for Women's Studies Major/Minors: Women's Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

Communication 318    3 units (crs.)

Intercultural Communication (ES)
In this narrative-based course, students will identify characteristics of their own cultural identity, exploring connections to global citizenry; become increasingly self-reflective reagrding their enculturation; apply theoretical constructs that alow for intercultural communcation to become transformative; and listen well to personal narratives of those whose cultures differ from their own. As they engage in constructive, ethical, dialougue they will explore the conecpt of intentionality in communication as it realtes to identity, prejudice, discrimintaion, racism, ethnocentrism, hatred, and stereotyping. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 213 or 214; or consent of instructor.

Communication 319    3 units (crs.)

Persuasion
Study of both classical and contemporary persuasion theories and practices. Assignments involve practical application of the theoretical foundation by analyzing different persuasive messages found in the media and public speeches. Prerequisite: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219, or 280.

Communication 325    3 units (crs.)

Nonverbal Communication
An examination of nonverbal communication, the process of one person stimulating meaning in the mind of another person (or persons) by means of nonverbal codes. Both the functions and specific categories of nonverbal behavior will be examined along with their communicative impact in a variety of situations. Theoretical and practical aspects of nonverbal communication are also explored. Prerequisite: Communication 104 and 213 or 214; Prerequisitie or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

Communication 326    3 units (crs.)

Communication and Conflict
An exploration of research and practice regarding human conflict as an ongoing component of interpersonal relationshipsand community. Communication theories and concepts related to interpersonal conflicts, formal mediation and social justice advocacy are examined and practiced.. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequiste or Corequisite: Communication 213 or 214; or consent of instructor.

Communication 337    3 units (crs.)

Foundations in Communication Studies

A theoretical and practical course. The course theory centers on the Five Canons of ancient rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, delivery, and memory (with emphasis on the first three). Using ancient rhetorical theory as a soundation, students will compose and deliver manuscript speeches. The goal is to become a speaker who is not only eloquent, but also wise.  Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 219; or consent of instructor.

Communication 338    3 units (crs.)

Freedom of Speech in the United States
In the United States, freedom of speech is restricted in a variety of ways. Historically and today, government places legal restrictions on communicators, the content of communication, and the medium of communication. When such restrictions have been challenged in the courts, judges have generally been guided by a very narrow model of communication. This course examines the legal history and contemporary status of the First Amendment from a modern Communication theory perspective. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 219; or consent of instructor.

Communication 368    3 units (crs.)

Systematic Inquiry in Communication Studies
This course introduces students to communication research methodologies. Students critically analyze research data and propose communication research projects. The class combines theoretical understanding and practical research applicaiton including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasis wil be placed on exploring the assumptions of each method and understanding when each is appropriate. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and two of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219, or 280; for Organizational Communicaiton Minors: Communication 104 and 280. 

Communication 375  3 units (crs.)

Argumentation Analysis

The fundamentals of argumentation: argument theory, forms of reasoning, warrants, sources of evidence, testing evidence, and case construction. Opportunity for debate and analysis on current programs. Prerequisites: Communication 104, 111 or 112, and 219; or consent of instructor.

Communication 400 

Professional Internship in Communication
Supervised professional field experience at a business, non-profit, service, or government organization in which the intern applies Communication Studies academic work to a practical situation.

Communication 411    2 units (crs.)

Forensic Participation
Participation in university-sponsored intercollegiate off-campus debate and forensics. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Communication 413    3 units (crs.)

Communication in Nonprofit Organizations
This course is designed to provide you with an overview of issues and topics in nonprofit organizational communication.  Topics include internal communication issues such as socialization, stress and burnout, and volunteer and board management as well as external communication issues including public relations, fundraising, and advocacy.  Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prequiste or Corequisite: Communication 280 and 368; or consent of instructor. 

Communication 414   3 units (crs.)

Training and Development
This course explores the training process and role of employee development in organizations by focusing on adult learning, needs assessment, training process components, training competencies, and learning assessment.  Working with an organizational partner, the class will develop, deliver, and evaluate a training package focused on a communication-oriented challenge.  Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prequisite and Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

Communication 415   3 units (crs.)

Organizational Rhetoric
In this course, we will study organizational communication using a rhetorical approach.  We will begin with an investigation of the communication processes through which formal organizations influence popular attitudes and individual identities.  We will also study how people in particular organization use language to "do" things.  Students will learn to critique examples of organizational rhetoric and develop communication materials to address challenges and crises in organizational communication.  Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368;  or consent of instructor.

Communication 416    3 units (crs.)

Managerial Communication

 This course explores fundamental aspects of managerial communication by focusing on how to ensure the effectiveness of management messages and interactions in a variety of organizational contexts and in terms of typical challenges managers face. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368;  or consent of instructor..  

Communication 422    3 units (crs.)

History of American Public Address
An analysis of influential speeches delivered between 1640 and modern times. Emphasis is placed on discovering the relationship between the speeches and the historical/rhetorical situations in which they were delivered. At the end of the term, students compose and deliver their own State of the American Union' speech.  Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368;  or consent of instructor.

 

Communication 427     3 units (crs.)

Rhetorical Criticism
Ancient and contemporary approaches to rhetorical criticism with emphasis on the description, analysis and evaluation of public messages. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368;  or consent of instructor.

Communication 428    3 units (crs.)

The Rhetoric of Rock Music
The course examines the history and rhetorical features of rock music. Rhetoric is concerned with how communicators adapt messages to audiences in a cultural context. When dealing with rock music, who is/are the communicator(s)? What is/are the audience(s)? Is the music a product of a cultural context or does it create that context? Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368;  or consent of instructor.

Communication 436    1-3 units (crs.)

Seminar in Speech Communication
Special studies in speech communication theory and public address. The topic to be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor. (1+3)

Communication 439    1 unit (cr.)

Speech Communication Senior Seminar
This course is designed as the "Capstone Experience" to the Speech Communication program. Senior-level Speech Communication students will engage in both retrospective and prospective activities as their culminating holistic assessment opportunity. Prerequisite: Senior standing; Communication  104, 213 or 214, 219, and 280; a minimum of 9 additional credits in Communication Studies; or consent of instructor. Pass/Fail Course.

Communication 441    3 units (crs.)

Teaching of Speech Communication in Secondary Schools
The goals, materials, and methods of teaching speech communication to high school students. Prerequisites: Communication 213 or 214, and 215 or 280; or consent of instructor.

Communication 442    3 units (crs.)

Advanced Communication Theory
This course examines communication as a vital constitutive force in the social construction of reality. The central focus is upon ways in which reality and the human condition are socially constructed through various interpretive, communication processes, with particular attention to assumptions about the role of communication in interpersonal relations and social change. Prerequisite: Communication 104 and on eof the folowing: 213 or 214,219, or 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite 368; or consent of instructor.

Communication 443   3 units (crs.)

Organizational Communication

The course deals with the basic contenet of organizational communication: theory of communication, small groups, interspersonal communication, conflict and other communication variables. Attempts to draw the link netween the theoretical perspective and the pragmaticapplication of the topic. Prequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.

Communication 444    3 units (crs.)

Direction of High School Speech Activities
The study of debate, forensics as co-curricular activities with emphasis on directing various programs on the high school level. Prerequisite: Communicaiton 111 or consent of instructor.

Communication 446    1-3 units (crs.)

Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, Communication 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) "well beyond that required in established courses." It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, not may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to Dept. equipment and facilities. Prerequisite: Communicaiton 111 or consent of instructor.

Communication 447    3 units (crs.)

Speech in the Elementary Classroom
This course examines speech communication education for the elementary classroom teacher, providing both theoretical foundations and pedagogical strategies. Required course for Elementary Education Language Arts Minor. Prerequisite: Communication 111.

Communication 450    3 units (crs.)

Rhetoric of the US Women's Movement 1848-1920 (SS)
This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the women's rights movement, spanning from 1848 to 1920. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals, and ideas of the movement. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 450 or Women's Studies 450.  Prerequisite for Communication Majors/Minors: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite for communication Majors/Minors: Communication 368; or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies Majors/Minors: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

Communication 451    3 units (crs.)

Rhetoric of the U.S. Women's Movement 1920-Present (SS)
This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S.  women's rights movement  from 1920 to present. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals, and ideasof the movement. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 451 or Women's Studies 451.  Prerequisite for Communication Majors/Minors: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite for communication Majors/Minors: Communication 368; or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies Majors/Minors: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

Communication 455    3 units (crs.)

Environmental Communication
This course is an exploration into the ways we define the environment and how language use influences our interactions with the environment. Cross-listed with Communication 455/Environmental Studies 455. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisitie or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

Communication 498  3 units (crs.)

Capstone in Communicaiton Studies

This course provides the opportunity for integration and synthesis of previous coursework in the major as well as preparation for students' next steps in their education or careers. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize past learning and relate it to issues and problems in their chosen area of communication study. Prerequisites:Senior standing and Communication 213 or 214, 219, 280 and 368; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 302 and 375; or consent of instructor. 

Communication 499    3 units (crs.)

The Rhetoric of the Vietnam War

Examines the rhetoric and history of the Vietnam conflict from World War II to the present. Political rhetoric, the rhetoric of the anti-war movement, Watergate, Vietnam revisionism and the draft are explored. Students analyze film both as propaganda and as one of society's methods for coping with the national trauma caused by America's involvement in Vietnam. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

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