Santa Clara University



COMM 1                    Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

An overview of the communication process, issues, and theories explaining behaviors in human relationships, with an emphasis on linking our perceptions, thoughts, and feelings to those of our communication partners. Topics typically include the power of language, nonverbal communication, deception, persuasive communication, gender differences in communication, small group communication, and intercultural communication. (4 units)

COMM 2                   Introduction to Media Studies

An examination of the role of mass communication in society, focusing on media industries, the production of content, and the ways audiences interact with media, mainly within the United States. Considers different types of media; theoretical perspectives related to the role of media in society; and ethical and regulatory issues pertaining to media practice. (4 units)

COMM 2GL                    Introduction to Global Media Studies

An examination of the relationship between media and society in a global world, focusing on media industries, production, and audiences within and across different national contexts. Considers different types of media; theoretical perspectives on media and global society; and ethical and regulatory issues pertaining to media practice in various media markets and settings. (4 units)

COMM 12                  Technology and Communication

Examination of the relationship between communication technology and society in the past, present, and future. Hands-on introduction to the basic functions of the computer and Internet as tools for research and communication. Fulfills Core Science, Technology, & Society requirement. (4 units)

COMM 20                  Public Speaking

This course is designed to provide students with basic theories and skills that are essential to effective public speaking. Topics include audience analysis, organization, persuasion, credibility, and delivery. Ideally, students should be able to apply these skills in a variety of public speaking situations, whether in future college courses or in non-academic settings. Each student will also learn to analyze, criticize, and evaluate the speaking of others. (4 units)

COMM 30                  Introduction to Digital Filmmaking

Designed to help students learn the art and practice of digital film making. Through a combination of lectures, labs, shooting and editing excercises, students are introduced to the concepts and processes involved in producing a short documentary and a short fictional film. In addition to attendance at class, all students are required to attend production labs. Concurrent enrollment in lab required. Fulfills Core Arts requirement. (5 units)

COMM 40                  Introduction to Journalism

Introduction to the theories and techniques of journalism with emphasis on the role of journalism in a democracy, news values and ethics, reporting and writing techniques and discussion and readings on the future of journalism. Includes weekly lab, which may be either in class or online at a flexible time, at the instructor's discretion.  (5 units)

COMM 40EL              Introduction to Journalism: Diversity and Community

Introduction to the theories and techniques of journalism with emphasis on covering diverse, multi-racial communities fairly and accurately, the role of journalism in a democracy, news values and ethics, reporting and writing techniques and discussion. Students work may be published in online news media outlets. Includes weekly lab and interaction within the community. Fulfills Core Experiential Learning for Social Justice requirement. Also listed as ETHN 60. (5 units)

COMM 100A               The Science of Happiness

When we get what we wanted, why doesn't that always make us happy? Our relationships are embedded in the pursuit or loss of happiness. This course is an interdisciplinary review of research and theories that explain our experiences of happiness. Topics include the transient nature of happiness, our brain's biological happiness system, the effects of tragic or fortunate events, blind spots, counterfactual thinking/future-thinking/presentism, the science of laughter, and the communication roles of complaints versus gratitude. We will look at how happiness is affected by winning or by losing, as well as why predicting our future happiness (when we choose mates, careers, and material acquisitions) is often flawed. Students will gain an understanding of what might (or might not) bring them and those they care about sustained happiness—for the decisions they will be making throughout their lives. (5 units)

COMM 101A              Vocation and Gender: Seeking Meaning in Work and Life

An interdisciplinary examination of vocation, understood as both a meaningful career and life outside of work. Incorporates theoretical and emperical methods of the disciplines of communication and Women's Studies to provide a rich set of tools with which to make discerning decisions on personal vocation. The course provides a framework for considering personal life choices within the context of of cultural norms and for analysis of how individuals and groups engage in interpersonal, organizational and mediated communication surrounding work/life issues. Also listed as WGST 160. (5 units)

COMM 101B              Interviewing

Fundamental principles and techniques of interpersonal interviewing. Collecting narratives from people about their experiences and ways they make sense of events in their relationships with other people. Advanced principles of gathering scholarly data through face-to-face interviews, using a variety of interviewing formats and tools. Supervised field work, developing interview protocols, interviewing real world populations, recording and collecting responses, and organizing data. Emphasis on compassionate listening skills. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: COMM 111. (5 units)

COMM 102A              Persuasion

What is the difference between attempting to change someone's attitude, belief, or behavior? This course examines theories and research about persuasion, social influence, and compliance gaining, including the dynamics of successfully resisting persuasion attempts. We focus on interpersonal persuasion in social settings (our roles as friends, daughters/sons, parents, romantic partners, co-workers, teammates, or leaders). The course will cover credibility, social proof, influence in groups, persuasive language, compliance gaining techniques, and how subtle persuasion tactics influence our buying, eating, and health choices. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: COMM 1, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, or SOCI 1. (5 units)

COMM 103A              Communication and Conflict

A review of theories, perspectives, and research on communication and conflict in various contexts (families, friendships, romances, business relationships). Specific topics will include getting what you want, saving face, realigning power imbalances, miscommunication, styles and tactics, negotiation, third-party interventions, and transforming conflicts. Development of communication skills for managing conflict productively in interpersonal, organizational, and intercultural contexts. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: COMM 1, PSYC 1, PSYC  2, or SOCI 1. (5 units)

COMM 104A              Group Communication

Theories and research about the communication dynamics in a variety of relational groups. Topics include childhood groups, gaining entry to groups, being excluded from groups, group hate, social loafing, leadership styles, facilitating groups, task versus social goals, communication roles of members, effects of gender and diversity, moral values of members, and the resolution of group conflicts. Specific groups will include social peer groups, cliques, juries, gangs, small work groups, super-task groups, problem-solving groups, teams, and decision-making groups (including juries). In addition to theory, practical skills for handling group challenges and member conflict will be offered. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: COMM 1, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, or SOCI 1. (5 units)

COMM 105A              Multicultural Folktales and Storytelling

Across time and around the world, people have told stories to teach, entertain, persuade, and carry a culture's history. This course studies oral literature, including fairy tales, trickster tales, urban legends, ghostlore, hero/heroine journeys, and wisdom stories. We explore the values, gender roles, norms, beliefs, sense of justice, spirituality, and diverse world views that are embedded in every tale. Students will study, critically think about, and perform world folktales—developing a personal creative voice, while learning to appreciate folktales as rich multicultural bridges for understanding other people. Every student will learn tale-telling skills that can be applied to enrich the lives of others, in careers and community. Fulfills the Core Culture and Ideas 3 requirement. Qualifying course for the Sustainability Pathway. (5 units)

COMM 106G              Gender, Health, and Sexuality

Covers the fundamentals of health communication theory and research with a focus on how health is socially constructed at the intersections of biology, medical technology, and communication. Explores how gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual identity produce and are produced by cultural gender norms as they manifest in embodiment, sexual expression, and experiences of health and illness. Also listed as WGST 140. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: COMM 1, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, or SOCI 1. (5 units)

COMM 107A              Intercultural Communication

This course introduces key research in intercultural communication within and between co-cultural groups in the United States. We will critically examine similarities and differences in communicative styles, historical contexts, and values. Arrupe placement is required.  Fulfills the Core Diversity and ELSJ requirements. Prerequisites: Any one of the following: COMM 1, COMM 2, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, or SOCI 1. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (5 units)

COMM 108A              Communication and Gender

Explores gendered patterns of socialization, interaction, and language. The course goes beyond essentializing female and male modes of communicating to consider ways in which masculinity, femininity, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and disability intersect in interpersonal, family, organizational, and public communication, as well as in feminist and men's movements. Also listed as WGST 161. Prerequisite: COMM 1, ANTH 3, or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 109A             Friendships and Romances

This seminar-style course will examine theories, concepts, and research that explain the relational dynamics in our friendships and romances. Using a communication focus and examining published studies and theories, topics will include childhood and adult friendships, cliques, toxic friends, women and men as platonic friends, flirting, dating, courting, maintaining intimacy, emotional communication, the bio-neurology of love, rejection, and relational endings (losing, leaving, and letting go). Counts as a University Honors Program course, but enrollment is not limited to Honors program students. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: COMM 1, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, or SOCI 1. (5 units)

COMM 110                Quantitative Research Methods

Provides students with an overview to communication as a social science and to methods for analyzing communication content, media audiences, and interpersonal communication practices. Topics include the fundamentals of research design, ethics, measurement, sampling, data analysis, and statistics. Students analyze research studies and learn the fundamentals of writing a literature review and generating scientific predictions based on existing research. Through hands-on assignments students gain experience in concept measurement, research design, and data analysis. Prerequisites: COMM 1 and COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 111             Qualitative Research Methods

Provides students with an understanding of qualitative methods used in communication research on messages, contexts and impacts. Explores qualitative methods such as audience ethnography, participant observation, focus groups, textual analysis, in-depth interviewing and institutional analysis. Students do exercises on design and application of qualitative methods and analyze the data gathered. Prerequisites: COMM 1 and COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 111G             Feminist Methods

This course explores feminist research methods in Communication and other social sciences as they intersect with Women's & Gender Studies. Through lectures and workshops, students will explore how theories and politics shape the kinds of research questions we ask, the types of materials we use, and how we define our relationships with our research participants. Students will explore topics related to femininity, masculinity, and/or sexuality using ethnographic, interviewing, and textual analysis methods informed by feminist theory and the politics of social justice. Prerequisites: COMM 1 and COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 120A              Environmental Communication

This course introduces students to tools for analyzing and engaging in public communication about the environment. Students draw on communication theory and research to understand strategies used in contemporary environmental debates and to participate in campaigns. Special attention is given to how mass media news and entertainment can represent environmental issues responsibly. Final projects involve designing environmental communication campaigns and products . Fulfills Core Civic Engagement requirement and counts toward the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science major. (5 units)

COMM 121A              Diversity and the Media

The theory and practice of minority media production, representation, and use. Examination of the classification of a group as a minority, how different groups historically have been marginalized in public representation and how these images have been, and are being, challenged. Course requirements include research into specific public images, fieldwork, and a final class presentation. Fulfills the Core Diversity requirement. Also listed as ETHN 162. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 122A              Media and Advocacy

The important role of media in our daily lives is clear: we use them for all types of information, for entertainment and cultural awareness, for self discovery and identity formation.  But it is less clear is whose responsibility it is to ensure that the media impact is a positive one for individuals and society.  This class will explore the dynamic interplay between the media industries, the government, and advocacy organizations as they struggle to craft policy and practices that are profitable and socially beneficial.  We will examine issues of the media's role in social equality; childhood obesity; interpersonal violence; teen pregnancy and STI rates and discuss the role of corporate responsibility, individual responsibility, and government responsibility in crafting sound public policy. (5 units)

COMM 123A              Media and Youth

This course considers the youth media culture that has become a pivotal part of the experience of childhood and adolescence. Students examine the content of popular media aimed at young people and the media industries that produce this content. Also explored are patterns of media usage throughout childhood and adolescence, the ways that media are integrated into family life, and how educational and entertainment media content shapes children's knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and identities. Topics include educational media effects, media violence, gender and racial/ ethnic stereotyping, advertising effects, and media literacy efforts. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 124B              Information Campaigns

Examines the principles of design, implementation, and evaluation of information campaigns created to produce social change in such areas as health, the environment, or civic education. Emphasizes problem analysis, audience analysis, message design, and evaluation. Students examine actual campaigns (e.g., anti-smoking efforts, teen pregnancy or drug campaigns) and design their own campaigns focusing on a relevant social problem. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 125A              Media Audience Studies

The audience plays a critical role in our understanding of mass communication. How do media scholars and practitioners conceptualize and study media audiences? How do individuals and groups use media, interpret media messages, and integrate media experiences into their lives? The course will address these questions, looking at a variety of media and media content (e.g., news and entertainment content of books, film, TV, Internet) and  how audience responses are shaped by factors such as ethnicity, gender, age, and the context in which the medium and its message is experienced. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 126A              Violence and Communication

The course looks at the relationship between violence and communication from three angles (1) violence as communication (2) violence as a failure of communication and (3) problems with representing violence. The course involves a range of philosophical and disciplinary perspectives on violence and communication, including media and communication, social theory, and visual culture. The course has a strong global and international focus: the contexts covered include the Holocaust, the Partition of India, and 9/11.  Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 127A              Media and Social Movements

This course focuses on how media represent social movements and how movements use media to mobilize their members, through examples in art, radio, film, and especially new media technologies, including social media platforms. Examples of social movements covered include the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, which draw our attention to understanding movements in increasingly digital and networked environments. Students work collaboratively to study a range of critical theories and perspectives on movements and media, drawing on literature in media and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and political science. (5 units)

COMM 130B              Global Screenwriting

This course is designed to introduce you to the wonderful and creative world of Global Screenwriting and how it has impacted traditional Hollywood storytelling. Students are asked to answer multiple questions. Does a uniform visual style exist? Does just one dramatic paradigm exist? Are all films about protagonists and antagonists? Students complete a script treatment, narrative outline, two drafts of a short screenplay and analyses of published screenplays. Fulfills Core Advanced Writing requirement. Prerequisites: English 1 & 2 or CTW 1 & 2. (5 units)

COMM 131B              Short Fiction Production

This course is designed to immerse students in the craft and aesthetics of fiction filmmaking.  Students work in groups to develop, produce, and edit their own short films based on selected scripts they either write or acquire from student screenwriters.  The course also functions as a forum where students explore through readings and screenings the film styles of classical and contemporary filmmakers, so that students are grounded in film language and inspired to develop their own film styles. Students are required to attend a production lab and outside film screenings. Fulfills Core Arts requirement. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or COMM 31. (5 units)

COMM 132B              Short Documentary Production

In this course, students are introduced to the basic theories and techniques of the documentary mode of filmmaking and are trained to develop, produce, and edit (in groups) their own short documentaries. Students also explore (through readings, screenings, and discussions) the techniques and styles adopted by documentary filmmakers from all over the world and are encouraged to use them as sources of inspiration as they develop their own documentary styles. Students are required to attend a production lab and outside film screenings. Fulfills Core Arts requirement. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or COMM 31. (5 units)

COMM 133B              Expanded Cinema Production

As a medium, film/video is constantly evolving both in form and in content. This course considers the shift from traditional cinema to new frontiers of interactive, performative, and new media. A fusion between visual art, new technologies, and the moving image will redefine the relationship of the spectator to the film. Environments will be created through the combined use of image, sound, and physical elements, which will immerse the viewer on emotional, intellectual and physical levels. Students will have an opportunity to shoot on film, which offers a classic way to learn the art of filmmaking through understanding exposure, lighting and coverage. This course will expand your consciousness as you step into the world by blurring boundaries between mediums and working individually and collaboratively. Preference given to Communication majors and minors. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or COMM 31. (5 units)

COMM 134B              Master Shot/ Studio Production

The principles and aesthetics of filmmaking within the confines of a studio/sound stage are examined. The fluid master shot, multiple camera shooting, studio lighting and audio are just some of the techniques that are explored. Students work in small groups to produce a short film, television show or musical production. All students are required to attend a production lab and possible outside screenings. Preference given to Communication majors and minors. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or 31. (5 units)

COMM 135B              Editing and Cinematography

In this course, the principles and aesthetics of editing and cinematography are examined in great detail. In cinematography, students learn the fundamental principles of lighting techniques in studio and on location and will be trained in economy lighting, which relies on minimal equipment, as well as key lighting theories.  In editing, students practice the key techniques and styles of editing, including montage, parallel cutting, and ellipsis, while also studying guiding theories of editing.  All students are required to attend a production lab and outside screenings. Preference given to Communication majors and minors. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or COMM 31. (5 units)

COMM 136A              Genre, Auteur & Narrative Strategies

Why do movies and television shows look and sound the way they do? Why do specific directors/writers tell audio-visual stories and adopt personal stylistic signatures? What is authorship in film and television? What makes a comedy a comedy and a western a western? This course examines the historical roots and cultural implications of telling stories with moving pictures in certain genres or by specific filmmakers. Film/television theory and criticism is used as a means of examining the nature of visual narrative styles and auteurship. May be repeated as topics vary. All students are required to attend outside film/video screenings. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 137A              American Film History/Theory

Explores the development of the American film industry from the perspective of its modes of production, filmic styles, cinema movements, and audiences. This evolution is examined within the context of political, economic, and cultural changes of the past century. May be repeated as topics vary. All students are required to attend outside film/video screenings. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 138A              Television History/ Theory

This course explores the evolution of the television industry in the U.S. and around the world. The development of television is examined in the context of political, economic, and cultural changes of the past century. The course investigates the changing modes of television production as well as the impact of other media technologies on television content, style, and audiences. May be repeated as topics vary. All students are required to attend outside film/video screenings. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 139A             Global Documentary

This course traces the evolution of documentary filmmaking from its inception by the Lumiere Brothers in the late 1800's to today's non-fiction filmmakers who use this mode of representation in a variety of innovative ways, including advocacy, poetry, historical documentation, exploration, reflexivity, and experimentation. The key moments in the history of the non-fiction film, its main theories, along with the various styles of documentary filmmaking are explored in depth. Qualifying course for the Cinema Studies pathway. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of the instructor. (5 units)

COMM 141B              Advanced Journalism

Advanced news reporting and writing. Emphasis on strategies for public affairs reporting, beat coverage, media ethics, and source development. Includes weekly beat assignments, an enterprise feature, and an immersion journalism project. Arrupe Partnerships participation required. Fulfills Core Advanced Writing and ELSJ requirements. Prerequisite: COMM 40 or permission of instructor for non-Communication majors. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (5 units)

COMM 142B              Online/Digital Journalism

Focuses on journalism's efforts to deliver news that can reach, include and engage the public across multiple digital platforms. In this fast-paced course, students study online news practices and ideas under development, evaluating digital tools, sites and models. Students will plan, report, write and produce in various digital media formats that may include text, audio slideshows, long-form audio stories, and their own portfolio website. Emphasis on improving journalism skills. Qualifying course for the Digital Age Pathway.  Prerequisite: COMM 40. (5 units)

COMM 143B              Special Topics in Journalism

Sports, features, lifestyle, science, editorial writing, etc.  Course focus shifts with instructor and topics change each quarter.  Students may repeat course for credit.  Prerequisite: COMM 40. (5 units)

COMM 144B              Broadcast Journalism

Students research, write, shoot, edit and report radio or television news.  Students produce news packages and larger news programs. At times the course mimics a news day, from production planning to the actual newscast. At other times the course replicates the television magazine model of production. All students are required to attend a weekly production lab.  Prerequisites: COMM 30 or 31 & COMM 40.

COMM 145B              Legal Journalism

This section will focus on legal journalism and legal affairs reporting. Students will learn to report and write about current legal topics and courtroom decisions, and how they affect the lives of ordinary citizens. In addition, students will learn how the civil and criminal justice systems work and how to access public records. Because this course shifts topics each quarter, students may repeat the course for credit. Fulfills the Core Advanced Writing requirement. Qualifying course for the Democracy and Law & Social Justice Pathway. Prerequisites: COMM 40 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 146B              Magazine Journalism

Includes story development, market analysis, long-form journalism, investigative reporting techniques, query efforts and sophisticated writing approaches for magazines. Fulfills Core Advanced Writing requirement. Prerequisite: COMM 40 or consent of instructor for non-Communication majors. (5 units)

COMM 147A              News and Democracy

Examination of American journalism and its relationship to democracy. Strengthens news literacy skills, including identifying influences on journalism, evaluating the quality of news, and constructing a personal news diet. Introduction to the dynamics of political communication through the media. Analysis of theories of journalism’s role in the democratic process and reform proposals to improve news, politics, and civic engagement. (5 units)

COMM 148B              Multicultural Journalism

This course involves learning about and interacting with multicultural audiences, the subjects of interest to them, the sources who animate the stories about those subjects, and the products of those stories. Emphasis will be on journalistic reporting and writing, media critique and oral history. Prerequisite: COMM 40. (5 units)

COMM 149A              Political News

Focused primarily on analysis of ongoing campaign coverage, the course will also examine historical and comparative aspects of politics in the media. Regular consumption of media coverage of politics required. (5 units)

COMM 149B              Science News

If you're curious about the world and how things work, science writing can put you in the middle of the action. This course will focus on hot topics such as sexuality, identity, health and environmental sciences. Science writing is in high demand in journalism, marketing and other disciplines. Learn how to identify important news, report on research and key participants, and show audiences why science should matter to them. This course welcomes both humanities and science majors to explore news developments and their underlying research, as well as identify the social, ethical and legal issues raised by science. Students will analyze other work and write their own. Prerequisite: ENGL 1 & 2/ CTW 1 and 2. Fulfills Science, Technology & Society Core and is part of Applied Ethics and Values in Science & Technology pathways. (5 units)

COMM 150B              Public Relations Theories and Principles

This course explores the theories and concepts of public relations and business communication today, including program planning, development, execution, and measurement of media relations, traditional PR tactics, and new online digital channels and tools.  Communication theory, business planning, effective presentation, writing, critical thinking, integrated marketing communications, fundamentals of business, and business ethics are emphasized.  Guest lecturers from corporate America and business practice exercises provide real-world experience in understanding theories and concepts.  Prerequisites: COMM 2 and COMM 40.  (5 units)

COMM 151A              Organizational Communication

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles of communication in organizations. Specifically, the class will explore the role of communication in achieving organizational and individual goals, theory and practice of communication in organizations, and techniques to enhance understanding among individuals in organizations. A variety of organizations will be explored including corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and social/fraternal organizations. Practical application of contemporary theories will provide students with the skills needed for successful communication in their current and future organizations. Topics will include the role of organizational culture, conflict management, work/life balance, human resource management, stress, globalization and the role of social justice in the contemporary organization.  Prerequisite:  COMM 1. (5 units)

COMM 152B             Public Relations Strategies and Practices

This advanced course in public relations deepens students' understanding of strategies, processes, procedures and practices that build two-way relationships with a broad range of constituencies.  The course prepares students to practice public relations in many contexts, including political discourse; motivation groups to support social justice; explaining the value of products or services; and providing tightly targeted audiences with highly specialized technical or business information.  A heavy emphasis is placed on learning to define, develop and implement public relations objectives, strategies and tactics.  Guest lecturers and real-world class projects round out the learning experience.  Prerequisites:  COMM 2, COMM 40. (5 units)

COMM 161B              Communication Media and Technology in Education

In North America, we tend to associate communication media with entertainment or business.  This course explores alternative uses of communication, particularly as applied to education.  Examines both theory and practice in distance education (radio schools, satellite service), instructional television (ITFS in local schools), and interactive video computer assisted education.  Normal reading assignments and class lecture.  Examination of current implementations of the technologies.  Class project will consist of designing and implementing (as far as possible) some educational use of communication (for example, an instructional show or a web application).  Prerequisite:  COMM 12 or permission of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 162B                    Visual Cultural Communication

Students use photography to explore questions about how to represent diverse cultures and identities. Students advance their digital photography skills while reflecting on the ethics of representing others and themselves, informed by readings on cultural theory and visual communication theory. In their final projects, students create and share images from local communities in online exhibits. Prior knowledge of digital photography and creation of online content are helpful, but not required. (5 units)

COMM 163A              Internet Communities and Communication

Examines cyberspace as home to many types of collectives, from groups on social network sites to employees of corporations, religious groups to online fan sites, cyberactivists to citizens of as-yet-unborn nations. Premised on the understanding that communication and community have been fundamentally linked in history, examines communication practices in a range of Internet communities, with focus on (a) the shaping of ethnic, religious, and national identities online; (b) the dynamics of transnational communities; and (c) logics of technological and communication networks on the World Wide Web and Internet. Addresses the philosophical implications of communication practices among Internet communities for notions of identity. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 164A              Race Gender and Public Health

When the news formula is "Lose weight, get more energy and have better sex," do our communities thrive? This course examines the news media's role in the public health sphere as part of an increasingly diverse society. Do self-help and medical trend stories worsen inequalities in health and life expectancy across race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation? In this course we will study the influence of existing news coverage on the discourse about science, public health and our bodies, and explore new ways to investigate the landscape of health opportunities in a community. Also listed as WGST 116. Fulfills Core Diversity or Science, Technology, and Society requirements and can fulfill a public health elective. Associated with Applied Ethics; Race, Place and Social Inequalities; and Values in Science, Technology and Society pathways. Prerequisite: English 1 & 2 or CTW 1 & 2. (5 units)

COMM 165B              Digital Storytelling for Children

Among children, few information technologies are as popular or ubiquitous as online digital stories in the form of video, digital books, and interactive media. This course will explore children's digital storytelling from multiple perspectives. We will look at some of the major paradigms that have come to shape the roles and functions of storytelling within contemporary childhood. We will discuss the ongoing integration of digital storytelling in schools, libraries, and home life, and the emerging notion of digital literacy for children. Digital stories can help young children with problem solving, critical thinking, information collection, data interpretation, image and text analysis, and communication skills. This course enables students to find and develop original stories utilizing digital tools and apps as well as learn the process of digital publishing by using various formats and types of digital technologies. Class projects will consist of use of digital technology to create, edit, produce, and digitally publish children's stories. Students will need access to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 168A              Race, Gender and Politics in the News

Journalism aims to serve democracy by informing the public about important issues, lifting up seldom-heard voices and encouraging participation by all. This course examines the news media's role in the political sphere as part of an increasingly diverse society. How do the news media influence our perceptions about race and gender, particularly in the political realm? How well do journalists report on proposals, policies and practices that influence people differently according to race or gender? This course explores these questions and more. Fulfills the Core Diversity requirement. Also listed as WGST 117and ETHN 158. Qualifying course for the American Studies; Democracy; Applied Ethics; Race, Place and Social Inequalities pathways. Prerequisite: English 1 & 2 or CTW 1 & 2 or COMM 40. (5 units)

COMM 169A              Special Topics in Communication Technology

This course focuses on the intersection of communication theory/research and issues of technology. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 170A              Communication Law

An introduction to communication law and regulation. Emphasis on first amendment rights to freedom of speech and information gathering, as well as the law of defamation, privacy, copyright, obscenity, harms to the public, and telecommunications regulation. Students gain experience in applying the law by preparing and delivering legal arguments in a moot court exercise. Fulfills the Core Civic Engagement requirement. (5 units)

COMM 171A              The Business of Media

A critical examination of how the media industries work. The class will explore issues such as historic and new financial models, power structures, relationships between media producers and distributors, emerging media markets, audience economics, and the role of government regulation and policy. The course will focus on some of the following industries: Hollywood film and television, journalism, online media. (5 units)

COMM 172A              Communications and Sport

Communication is a critical component of watching and playing sports, and at the same time, sport is a lens through which we view different aspects of our cultures and interactions. This course examines sport as a component of our culture, investigating issues of race, gender, and power; the connection between spectator sports and media; and communications role in sports participation, including topics such as leadership, motivation, cohesion, and teamwork. At the completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of selected communication principles and you will have discovered new ways to talk about sport. (5 units)

COMM 173B              Sports Media Production
Introduces students to the production of sports programming. Includes producing, interactive elements, graphics and photographs, shooting, editing, announcing, and reporting for live sports programming as well as recorded interviews and reports. Students will produce content for multiple media, including television, the World Wide Web, and arena scoreboards. Some experience with cameras, audio, production, reporting, graphics and/or editing is recommended. Production will occur on campus in cooperation with Santa Clara's Department of Athletics. (5 units)

COMM 175A              Theology of Communication

Do the practices of communication have any consequences for theology? We know that St. Paul claims that "faith comes from hearing" and that Christian theology has taken communicative expression seriously throughout the centuries. This course will look at how theology has used communication, how it has evaluated communication, how communication contributes to theology, and how new communication technologies have a contemporary impact on theological and religious practices. Examines a variety of communication expressions (art, music, poetry, television programs, films, web sites) as religious expressions; students will create their own theological expression using some contemporary medium. Fulfills the Core Religion, Theology, and Culture II requirement. (5 units)

COMM 176A             Biology of Human Communication

In this course, we will examine the ways in which human communication affects, and is affected by, processes that occur in our bodies. We will start by exploring the basic anatomy of the human body as it relates to communication, including the brain, nervous system, facial musculature, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, and the immune system. From there, we will explore how those body systems are implicated in a range of communicative phenomena, including emotion, conflict, stress, burnout, interpersonal relationships, social structure, organizational culture, relationship satisfaction, and sexual behavior. Finally, we will explore the impact of innovative healthcare treatments that utilize communication interventions, including providing social support, human affection, and organizational development. Fulfills the Core Science, Society & Technology requirement. Qualifying course for the Global Health and Values in Science & Technology Pathways.  (5 units)

COMM 179A             Internet, Faith and Globalization

From online shrines to religious e-commerce, historical accounts of religion online to forums for discussing religious practice, the Internet has transformed numerous aspects of faith. This course examines the central role of the Internet in shaping Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian, and other religious beliefs, practices, and identities in a global era. It focuses on three, overlapping, objectives: how the Internet reflects various, often competing, narratives of religious identity; two, how these narratives are similar to and different from offline expressions of faith; and three, how faith online can be understood in terms of opportunities provided and challenges posed by globalization. Fulfills the Core Religion, Theory & Culture 2 requirement. Prerequisites: COMM 2 or COMM 2GL or COMM 12 or permission of instructor. (5 units)

COMM 180A              Global Audiences

Explores how the globalization of TV and Internet news and entertainment and film have impacted audiences in different cultures. Examines the available research and theory on audience exposure and impact from a cultural, value and social perspective and how cultural and political movements and /or government policy grow in reaction to invasion of a culture's symbolic space by global media messages. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 181A              Global Media Industries

Examination of how media industries have been transformed into global businesses and how technologies of distribution by cable, satellites and the Internet have brought almost all people into a global symbolic space; theories of political economy and audience  reception are applied. Exploration of how groups and governments have responded to the phenomenon and what they do to protect their cultural and political sovereignty.  Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 182A              Global News Issues

Explores the changes that have taken place in news coverage on a global basis in the last decade, especially television and Internet news; how government policies of control of information have changed in reaction to new technologies of information distribution; and how internal politics may be affected by international media attention. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 183A              Communication, Development and Social Change

How does communication content and technology solve problems of global poverty and social change? This course addresses the theories, policies and practices that help explain the success or failure of new communication technologies in helping the disenfranchised achieve a better life for themselves. Hands on work with real cases will give students a chance to think through the complicated process of social change. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 184A              Postcolonial Identity and Communication

Paying careful attention to the meaning of the term 'postcolonial' in different historical and geographical contexts, we will undertake a critical analysis of media representations of national and cultural identity in postcolonial societies in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. We will also evaluate the ways in which media constructions of national identity intersect with understandings of gender, race, religion, and ethnicity. A key focus area of the course is the experience of diasporic postcolonial communities as represented in media. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 185A              New Media and Communication

This course examines the dynamics of communication in new media networks and forums, covering the overlapping categories of social networks, social media, blogs, micro-blogs, portals, and collective knowledge initiatives such as Wikipedia. We will analyze communication practices in new media, with a focus on the following areas: (a) convergence and links between forms of media and technology, such as mobile phones, computers, and books; (b) changing conceptions of self and community; (c) emerging of paradigms of creative collaboration and artistic and intellectual production; (d) and challenges about privacy, copyright, and intellectual ownership posed. We will examine these questions from a global perspective, keeping in mind both the global nature of new media networks and communities and the particular trajectories of new media communicative practices in different global contexts. In this regard, we will also address the social, ethical, and political consequences of the "digital divide" between those who are networked and connected in this world and those who lack access to it. Prerequisite: COMM 2. (5 units)

COMM 186B             Global Interpersonal Communication
This course explores ways to reflect, connect, and communicate study abroad experiences. Special focus on developing intercultural communications competence in interpersonal, socioeconomic, historical, and geopolitical contexts. Students will produce web-based educational material derived from academic research and study abroad experience. Prerequisite: Prior experience studying outside the U.S. in high school or college, including immersion trips and study abroad programs. (5 units)

COMM 187A              Cinema in the Age of Globalization
This course explores how national cinemas and individual filmmakers have responded to American global film hegemony. Counter cinema is seen not only as a mode of artistic self-expression, but also as a cultural practice whose role is crucial in shaping national cultures. Of particular interest is the development of film traditions such as Neorealism, the French New Wave, Third Cinema, Exilic/diasporic cinema, and other film movements that have emerged as an alternative to Hollywood's commercial cinema. Fulfills the Core Cultures & Ideas 3 requirement. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of the instructor. (5 units)

COMM 188A              The Fantastic in Film and Literature
This course investigates how filmmakers and writers from around the world have pushed the boundaries of realism to achieve narrative and cinematic styles in storytelling that are loosely referred to as "the fantastic." Some of the genres studied in this course include fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, science fiction, the gothic, and cyberpunk.
Fulfills the Core Cultures & Ideas 3 requirement. Prerequisite: COMM 2 or consent of the instructor. (5 units)

COMM 190                Journalism Practicum
This 1-unit course is for writers and editors of The Santa Clara. Students review the student newspaper and offer practical advice and experience in journalism. Santa Clara staff members assist in teaching skills of news, sports, and feature writing and reporting, and techniques of design and production. Requirements: Class members meet once a week and are expected to spend at least three hours a week in newspaper work. (1 unit)

COMM 191                Independent Filmmaking Practicum

This course helps emerging filmmakers, artists and designers in all disciplines, entrepreneurs, students focusing on marketing, public relations, journalism, and film lovers to advance their skills in the art and business of filmmaking and media. Students produce real world short projects: fiction, commercial and documentary. The practicum is designed to give students hands-on experience in producing, directing, cinematography, production design, editing, sound, music, acting, and screenwriting. Students will also help organize the Genesis student film festival. Prerequisite: COMM 30 or permission of instructor. (1-2 units).

COMM 192                Online Journalism Practicum

This course is designed to get students involved with journalism via digital media. In the practicum, students report, write, edit, broadcast and promote news arts and entertainment content. Work can air on the KSCU, in The Santa Clara student newspaper, website, or the practicum blog. Students will also learn the basics of digital recording and receive a basic introduction to studio production and new media. (1 unit)

COMM 193                Yearbook Practicum

A 1-unit course for editors and principal staff members of the University's yearbook, The Redwood. Principles of photojournalism, magazine graphic design, and book production. Redwood Staff members assist in teaching skills of reporting, writing, production and design. Class members meet once a week and are expected to spend at least three hours a week in yearbook work. (1 unit)

COMM 194                Forensics Practicum 

Supervised activity in Forensics. Includes competition in debate and various speaking events: persuasive, expository, extemporaneous, impromptu speaking, and oral interpretation. Field trips required. (1 unit)

COMM 195                Sports Media Production Practicum

Students gain practice in the production of sports programming.  Includes producing, interactive elements, graphics and photographs, shooting, editing, announcing, and reporting for live sports programming as well as recorded interviews and reports. Students will produce content for multiple media, including television, the World Wide Web, and arena scoreboards. Some experience with cameras, audio, production, reporting, graphics and/or editing recommended. Production will occur on campus in cooperation with Santa Clara's Department of Athletics. (1 unit)

COMM 196                Senior Thesis Capstones

Digital Filmmaking Capstone

For students enrolled in this capstone work in small production teams to produce 12-15 minute films. The type or style of these projects (fiction, documentary or studio-based) is determined by which upper-division production courses the team members have taken. Heavy emphasis on preproduction planning, script development, audience assessment, division of labor, budgets, and building a collaborative vision for the project. Students also write an extended essay that integrates their production practices with film theory. Prerequisites: All lower-division courses required for communication majors and required upper-division courses as determined by the instructor. (5 units)

Journalism Capstone

The goal of the journalism capstone project is to produce a 3500-word magazine piece of publishable quality on a significant community issue. (Students may choose to produce their finished piece in video format, by permission of Instructor). Students are encouraged to view their final project as a portfolio piece they can use as evidence of superior writing/reporting ability when applying for graduate school, internships or media-related jobs. Students will submit a written story proposal, including a preliminary list of sources and projected reporting strategy, perform a comprehensive lit search, and thoroughly research the story via interviews, archival research and first-hand observation. Students will be required to edit their peers' work throughout the quarter, participate in class discussions, and submit multiple drafts of the final project. Prerequisites:
All lower-division courses required for communication majors and required upper-division courses as determined by the instructor. (5 units)

Public Relations Capstone

Focuses on the application of communication, business, and core academic concepts and theories to practice, including the basic skills, planning/execution process, and functions that compose public relations within a corporate or business entity. Topics include integrated marketing communications, branding, marketing, mainstream media, and citizen journalism. Business ethics and social responsibility are heavily emphasized. The Capstone Project is to develop a public relations plan for an actual organization in a real business situation or to implement an existing PR plan. Student teams will develop both a complete PR plan book designed to achieve the client's corporate and marketing objectives and a formal presentation of the plan to the client and his/her staff. The focus is on research, creative problem solving, critical thinking, planning, project management, accountability and ethics. Prerequisites: All lower-division courses required for communication majors and required upper-division courses as determined by the instructor. (5 units)

COMM 197                  Senior Thesis

This course leads students through a major communication research project, including defining research questions, conducting a literature review, gathering and analyzing data, and public presentation of findings. Most sections are focused on a common theme or topic defined by the instructor. Prerequisites: All lower-division courses required for Communication majors and upper division prerequisites as listed for topic. (5 units)

COMM 197P                Peer Educator

A 1 to 2 unit course for students who assist in teaching courses in the department for academic credit rather than pay. (1-2 units).

COMM 198                     Internship
A forum where students can learn how they can best apply classroom instruction to their career objectives through academically supported work experience. Internships at Santa Clara University are closely monitored for appropriateness and practical application. Internships should encourage career skills and professional growth; they should not be just another job. Internships are an important and integral part of the communication craft and serve to introduce the student to the range of opportunities afforded a degree in the discipline. Students are expected to represent the University in a professional manner and to act responsibly with the client and the assignments. (1–5 units) 

COMM 199                     Directed Research/Creative Project
Students arrange to work with a faculty member for directed reading or a research project in communication theory, research, ethics, etc. Creative projects may also be arranged in television, print or another applied area. Prerequisites: Written proposal, course meeting schedule, and readings must be approved by instructor and chair prior to registration.  (1-5 units) 

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