Introduction to Communication Behavior

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COMM 125 910
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FERRARI, ELISABETTA

VOLINSKY, ALLYSON CAROL

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This course introduces students to the social scientific approaches used to study communication behavior. Topics examined include: audience responses to media content, effects of media violence, children’s media habits, politics and the media, the influence of social media on relationships, health communication, and the role of media in creating and perpetuating gender, racial, and ethnic stereotypes. Students will engage with theories and approaches to studying communication through contemporary examples (such as the 2016 election, the “Facebook experiment,” and #OscarsSoWhite). The course culminates in a capstone project where students explore core issues in the field of communication either through a paper or multimedia format. The aim of the course is to provide students with understanding of theoretical models and research methods used to study communication and behavior, with special emphasis on applying these theories and methods to real-world contexts.

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