CMST 394-001 / HCOM 305: Patient-Provider Communication
Instructor: Whittney Hope Darnell
Prerequisite for HCOM 305: Junior standing or instructor permission (none for CMST 394)
This course is intended to help students understand the dynamics of patient-provider interactions in a health care setting. A variety of types of medical encounters will be examined with special attention paid to the role of narrative and rhetorical theory when analyzing communication between providers and their patients.
Possible Substitution: This course is linked to (same as) HCOM 450
Offered: Online Synchronized - Tuesday, Thursday 9:25-10:40 AM
CMST 394-002 / POP 394: Jazz in Film
Instructor: Steven Weiss
The histories of jazz and film have been intertwined ever since the rise of the two art forms (toward the end of the nineteenth century). As technology advanced in the twentieth century film and jazz moved forward (often together) as potent elements of the popular culture. This course examines the myriad ways in which the jazz and film worlds collide. In particular the course will look at how film portrays jazz (and jazz musicians), as well as the supporting (and sometimes central) role jazz plays in film. The course will confront issues of race, gender, and lifestyle (including addiction). We will also learn how film can misrepresent (and misinterpret) jazz, as well as how jazz as music may not always lend itself to the medium of film.
Offered: Online Synchronized - Tuesday 1:40-2:55 PM
POP 494: Popular Entertainment of the 1990s
Instructor: Zach Wells
Prerequisite: Communication course
This course will explore examples of popular culture in the 1990s – including music, film, television, and video games. The class will examine and attempt to explain how popular culture influenced the cultural and political landscapes of the decade. Specific topics include grunge and hip hop music and a changing youth culture, the evolution of the American family through television sitcoms, and the impact of video games on popular entertainment. In addition to regular readings, students will be responsible for the listening and viewing of online media sources. Through weekly discussion board posts and creative projects, students will explore the powerful influence that the 1990s left on popular culture and history.
EMB 394: Building an Audience
Instructor: Darren McCullah
This course will explore how different media projects (including film, television, streaming and web series) find and build an audience in today's broadcast & film environment. Using a variety of resources students will begin to understand, define, market, and find an audience for their chosen media enterprise.
Offered: Monday 6:15 - 9:00 PM
EMB 397: Projects
Instructor: John Gibson
Prerequisite: EMB 210
Work with various non-profits (some will be student defined/selected) to create media in support of their mission. These non-profits may take the form of Family Resource Centers with local schools, food banks, or other organizations working to help students or community members alike recover during the pandemic. Or, they may take the form of cultural organizations (film societies, arts associations, etc). This will be application experience for students—they will work with two clients during the semester to develop content for use. Students will handle the entire process, from meeting with the clients to discuss needs, intended audience, script writing, and production of the idea.
Offered: Off-campus/online hybrid*
*Synchronous class meetings - MW 9:30-10:45
JOU 394: Issues in News Media
Instructor: Steve Bien-Aimé
Through mass communication, gender, race and cultural theories, this course explores journalism's portrayals of various societal groups.
Instructor: John Musgrave
Prerequisite: STA 250, MAT 234, CSC 364
Network analysis fundamentals; technological and information networks; social networks; network representations; network visualization; network centrality measures; network structure; random networks; models of network formation.
EMB 397: Projects
Instructor: Chris Strobel
*Prerequisite: EMB 210 and EMB 215
Participants will select community nonprofit partners with whom the students will plan and create media. Potential partners may include area arts or social services organizations.
Offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:05 - 4:20 PM
*EMB 201 was recently added as a pre-req for this course (to be added to the 2021-2022 catalog) and will prevent students from registering if they have not completed this class. We will waive this requirement for any students who are on the 2017-2018 catalog or prior. Students on the 2018-2019 catalog or after will need to request exceptions.
EMB 435: Gen Z: Films That Define a Generation
Instructor: Darren Mccullah
Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission
This course will focus on movies that personify Generation Z. Many films pinpoint a time and place so perfectly that they actually define a generation. From the seminal classic Dope to the tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars to the racially relevant The Hate U Give, films that focus on Gen Z (also known as Post Millennial or The Founders) include people born roughly between the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. What makes this generation especially unique is that they have lived with technology; the internet and social media dominate their entire lives. Gen Z lives in the digital age. By examining movies across all genres (comedy, drama, love stories, horror) and different cultures (western and non-western) this course will examine the story structures and aesthetics that have come to define films about this generation, as well as shed light on those issues that Generation Z faces: college life, activism, relationships, job searches, politics, gender identity, as well as life in the Covid era and social injustice.
Offered: Monday, 6:15 - 9:00 PM
PRE 394: Public Relations and Urban Attitude
Instructor: Greg De Blasio
Prerequisite: PRE 275 or PRE 375
The density of media, transportation, and financial networks in cities presents challenge and opportunity to communicate the ever-changing nature of place. Communication operates within, throughout, and beyond city limits constituting place identities. This course examines how life within city spaces and communication about city places account for urban apparatus constituting image and brand. Assignments will include the study and creation of public relations theory and activity related to city branding and promotion.
Offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:05 - 4:20 PM
POP 394: Popular Music in Film
Instructor: Zach Wells
Prerequisite: One CMST or POP course
This course focuses on examples from the 1960s to the present day of films where popular music is the subject or a central theme of the story. These films will also reflect the decade they represent, which will allow for the class to explore other themes in popular culture and the history of each time period. Multiple films will be selected by the instructor for each decade and the class will then participate in discussions and a combination of media and written projects around the subject.
JOU 394: Trends in Journalism: Information Framing
Instructor: Stacie Jankowski
Prerequisite: EMB 100 or JOU 110 or junior standing
This course examines the ways media (for example: journalism, entertainment, broadcast, print) construct stories and how those stories impact audiences. In this class, we’ll examine the research about media framing and apply the lessons we learn to analyze and evaluate media examples. We’ll discuss how frames come to be, examining, for example, the professional values and norms that sometimes dictate how narratives are conveyed.
Offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
CMST 394: Rhetoric Goes to the Movies
Instructor: Steve Weiss
Prerequisite: CMST 101 or 110 (or their equivalent); junior or above standing
The motion picture feature film (and not documentary) will be examined in the context of understanding the rhetorical power of story-telling through film-making. A rhetoric of fiction, as applied to film, becomes the template for the critical analysis of the genre.
Offered: Thursday 3:20 - 6:05 PM
CYS/CIT 494: Malware Analysis and Defense
Instructor: Awad Mussa
Prerequisite: CIT 285
Fundamentals of malware analysis and defense applying concepts through hands-on labs; students learn to identify functionalities and behaviors of malicious software, apply disassemblers to decompose, execute, and trace lines of malware, patch executables to modify their behavior, trace infections back to their sources, identify vulnerabilities in Windows and Linux platforms.
Offered: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:25 - 4:40 PM