Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Lane, Shelley
Discipline and Number
COMM 3342 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
American Culture & Communication

Description of Course:

COMM 3342.001 Special Topics in Communication: American Culture and Communication is a discussion and activity-based class that examines the relationship between American culture and communication. The course is comprised of three units: culture; American culture; and American culture and communication. Students will read and discuss journal articles and book chapters and participate in activities that attempt to answer questions such as:

**Are we more alike than different - is there an "American culture?"
**Who are we really? The influences on American identity
**Thirty words for "vomit" but only one for "love" - American verbal communication
**Kiss, bow, or shake hands? - American nonverbal communication
**Why is American conversational style like a game of ping-pong?
**Diversity and dialect: Does your ethnic group influence how you communicate? Do men "speak" Mars and women "speak" Venus? - The communication styles of American co-cultures and sub-cultures
**"Soda pop, soft drink," or "coke?" - Regional linguistic variations in American communication style

Required Texts:

Readings will be available on E-reserves and in hard-copy form in the McDermott Library

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

COMM 3342 is reading and writing intensive. Students will be required to read and should be prepared to discuss at least one journal article or book chapter per class meeting.

Other requirements include:

**Class attendance (excessive absences will reflect negatively on the participation grade)
**Participation in class discussions and activities
**Team presentation and/or debate
**5-7 page research paper
**Midterm and Final exams (essay)

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