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This class asks you to learn how the United States political language works, then apply that knowledge to speech(es) of your own choosing. We will start by figuring out why our leaders use the language they do to communicate with us, as citizens. Then we will watch and breakdown a variety of speeches by Presidents across US history.  This will include watching and discussing the Presidential campaigns leading up to the November 2020 election. Finally, we will use this in a semester-long writing project where students will identify a speech of their own interest and apply our discussion ideas to those speeches.

2) COM 446: The Performance of Literature Written By Women (Davis)

The interplay between performance and literature is captured on the canvas of race, gender, and class.  This unique look at literature is a lens to examine the brilliance of women’s lived-experience expressed through the written word. The interior of women’s lives performed in the language of literature provides a complexity resolved at the intersection of race, sexuality, gender, and communication.

The course will lead to a thorough understanding of culture, communication, and the human relationship with the environment.  It will focus on scientific, political, economic and activist approaches to environmental issues;

We will explore how communication, advocacy and public participation in environmental affairs can be used to accomplish sustainable goals bringing about meaningful social changes.

This course will help to critically investigate and engage with the complexity and challenges of effective environmental decision-making and sustainability communication. 

4) COM 494 Communication At The End Of The World (Rife) 

This special topics course will explore the question, "What is the role of communication in a world of social isolation, climate change, and mass extinctions?" Through creative methods and an exploration of social, technological, and ecological concepts, we will collaboratively discover possible responses. Course concepts include ecology, deep time, climate change, nature/culture divide, environmentalism, posthumanism, sustainability, and the Anthropocene (or, "The Age of the Human"). Methods and practices the course will engage include creative writing, nature writing, arts-based and performance projects, rhetorical analysis, and media criticism.

5) COM 494 Free Expression and The Law (Schuh) 

What do the internet and social media, social change movements, free and fair elections, privacy, independent media, open government, intellectual property have in common?  They depend on free expression, they vitally affect each of us every day and they don’t protect themselves.  Join in to explore and follow the most important free expression issues of today and tomorrow.


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