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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPC6202

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2011 2003-10-27
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication AS 1217000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Gil Rodman 9743025

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SPC 6202 Historical Perspectives on Communication

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Hist Persp on Communication
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing


    Course Description

    Explores prominent figures and theoretical movements in area of Communication (Interpersonal or Organizational Communication, Cultural Studies, Rhetorical Studies, or Performance Studies). [Repeatable for credit as topics vary.]

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Our department enjoys a reputation for being on the “cutting-edge” of topics and methods in the study of Communication. While every course includes contextualization, usually at the beginning of the semester, our students would benefit from a more detaile

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    In the Department of Communication, this course (in its various incarnations) will complement and extend existing courses in each area of study (i.e., Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, Cultural Studies, Rhetorical Studies, and Performance Studies). The course can serve as an introduction to the area, but would not be required prior to taking other classes in the area.

    Students from a variety of disciplines (from humanities-based departments to the social scientific to the pragmatic) have taken classes in the Department of Communication for almost as long as the graduate program has existed. Anyone interested in an historical overview of any area we offer would benefit from this course. It could serve to build interest in our other courses focusing on specialized topics or methodologies (e.g., Performance and Technology or Autoethnography).

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    This class has been offered once, focusing on Performance Studies (see sample syllabus).

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    to provide students with a historical context for the area they study

    to familiarize students with prominent theorists and theories in the area

    to engage students in critical readings of historical documents and written histories

    B. Learning Outcomes

    students will become familiar with prominent figures in the area studied

    students will track ideological movements within the area studied

    students will compare and contrast primary issues from the past and present in the context of the area studied

    students will complete oral and written reports on historical figures and movements and how they have influenced current thinking in the area studied

    C. Major Topics

    Ontology of “history”

    Complexities of Documentation

    Relationship of Area to Communication Discipline

    Analyzing Textual Artifacts

    Historical Figures

    Influences on Today

    D. Textbooks

    Dependent upon area

    See sample syllabus for a Performance Studies focus

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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