Students are challenged to think critically about how racially, culturally, and ethnically different people communicate with and influence each other’s worldviews. This course involves intense introspection on in-country experiences and how one’s racial identity as a U.S. citizen transforms through a temporary status as a Costa Rican tourist.
Exploration of communication’s role in shaping understandings of race, ethnicity, and culture in Costa Rica. Experiential learning occurs via readings, discussions, panels, group presentations, and in-depth interviews with local residents. Students are challenged to engage critically and experientially with course content from an international perspective.
Theories and research that guide public communication campaigns, with particular attention to message design principles. Provides students with opportunities to apply the concepts and theories learned in class in practical settings of their choosing.
Explores social discourse about war, conflict, and violence through studies of public address, propaganda, media representations, and social movements.
The practice of communicating scientific learning within disciplines, across disciplines, and to lay audiences. The course is designed to equip students in the natural and social sciences with the skills necessary to bring scientific information to professional audiences and to the general public through the spoken word. In addition to basics of organizing and clarifying a scientific presentation research findings in areas such as risk perception, numeracy, uncertainty management, and visual argument will be presented.
Communication strategies and activities in the executive and legislative branches of local, state, and national government. Case study approach incorporated into the class.
The impact of persuasive communication is studied with emphasis on source, message, medium of presentation, and audience effects. Theoretical approaches to persuasion and persuasive communication.
Students will engage in the study of sustainability through the prism of rhetorical criticism and theory. Students will apply rhetorical concepts to local sustainability concerns and social movements.
This course explores the rhetorical power of visual and material culture.
Introduction to the concepts of academic public policy debate. Students will work on skills including: argumentation, delivery, organization, refutation, and research. Students will be trained to participate in classroom debates and may engage in novice debate tournaments held at other institutions.