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Summer 2011 Special Topics Courses

ANT 3085 - S2C – PASSING : Passing, most often thought of as racial minorities passing for white to receive the privileges denied them due to race, has gotten a bad reputation over the years.  However, the aim of this course is to dispassionately examine the phenomenon of passing from a broader historical, sociological, and artistic framework that begins with racial passing, but also includes other forms of passing (sexual, ethnic, economic, religious, etc.).  We will begin with Erving Goffman's sociological classic, "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life," which examines the extent to which everyone "passes" in one way or another.  We will also focus attention on "in-between" people, especially mixed- and multiracial individuals, to see what their experiences and identities can tell us about the "authenticity" of racial categories and the socially constructed nature of racial, gender, and other identities.  Finally, the course will include various artistic treatments of the passing phenomenon, including Nella Larsen's 1929 Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, "Passing."  

"Who says I am obliged to be what you think I am? Or what I think you think I am? Or even what I think I am but sincerely wish I weren't?"

BLS 3085 - S2C – PASSING :  Passing, most often thought of as racial minorities passing for white to receive the privileges denied them due to race, has gotten a bad reputation over the years.  However, the aim of this course is to dispassionately examine the phenomenon of passing from a broader historical, sociological, and artistic framework that begins with racial passing, but also includes other forms of passing (sexual, ethnic, economic, religious, etc.).  We will begin with Erving Goffman's sociological classic, "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life," which examines the extent to which everyone "passes" in one way or another.  We will also focus attention on "in-between" people, especially mixed- and multiracial individuals, to see what their experiences and identities can tell us about the "authenticity" of racial categories and the socially constructed nature of racial, gender, and other identities.  Finally, the course will include various artistic treatments of the passing phenomenon, including Nella Larsen's 1929 Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, "Passing."  

"Who says I am obliged to be what you think I am? Or what I think you think I am? Or even what I think I am but sincerely wish I weren't?"

COM 4101 - S1CA  -  Public Relations Campaigns: This is a capstone course for advanced public relations students. It provides the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of what has been learned over the course of study in public relations and apply them to actual client work. The course begins with a review of public relations theory and practice, providing the opportunity to question, interpret, analyze and apply strategic themes and messages to public relations planning. We then proceed to applying that knowledge and skill by working with a client to research, plan and present a public relations campaign. Emphasis is placed on defining communications goals and objectives, strategic planning and identifying appropriate techniques to reach and influence the client’s constituents.

COM 4101 - S2DA   -  Writing For Public Relations

COM 4900 - S1DA   -  Internal Communication : This course introduces students to the role and value of strategic internal communications within today’s global business organizations. The course reviews the evolution of the practice from a one-way internal communications model to a valuable, strategic business function impacting organizational effectiveness. Special topics in internal communications will be explored, such as internal branding, the CEO’s role in the internal communications process, the importance of research as the foundation for communications strategy development, and effective methods of communicating with employees during change situations. We will also discuss challenges and issues communicators face in trying to reach employees at all levels and examine strategies and tools for developing a united, engaged and productive workforce.

COM 4900 - S2CA -  Ethical Issues in Corporate Communication

COM 9660 - S1DA – Business Issues For Corporation Communication :Senior managers draw upon five disciplines to frame business issues and evaluate solutions. This course is an overview of the theory and practice of these five disciplines -- economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and strategy. The course provides the tools necessary to research, analyze, and discuss the issues behind today’s business headlines.  In this seminar, particular emphasis will be placed upon developing and practicing the ability to articulate a cogent point of view on selected business issues using these tools.  Through a combination of lecture, role play, case study, and directed discussion, participants will develop the skills and confidence necessary to make a substantive contribution to issues debated in the corporate workplace.

In addition to a close reading of the daily business press, course participants will select a publicly-listed company to follow throughout the course.  They will use the company as a reference in leading discussions and completing a research paper.  Company selections must be approved by the instructor.

HIS 3360 - S2B - Medieval Thought and Civilization : This course will examine the various aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages from the creation of the Carolingian empire (ca. 800-1300CE) in relation to the historical background; special emphasis on the interaction of the church, state, and medieval social classes in the creation of a distinctive medieval civilization.

HSP 3085 - S2C - Passing : Passing, most often thought of as racial minorities passing for white to receive the privileges denied them due to race, has gotten a bad reputation over the years.  However, the aim of this course is to dispassionately examine the phenomenon of passing from a broader historical, sociological, and artistic framework that begins with racial passing, but also includes other forms of passing (sexual, ethnic, economic, religious, etc.).  We will begin with Erving Goffman's sociological classic, "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life," which examines the extent to which everyone "passes" in one way or another.  We will also focus attention on "in-between" people, especially mixed- and multiracial individuals, to see what their experiences and identities can tell us about the "authenticity" of racial categories and the socially constructed nature of racial, gender, and other identities.  Finally, the course will include various artistic treatments of the passing phenomenon, including Nella Larsen's 1929 Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, "Passing." 

"Who says I am obliged to be what you think I am? Or what I think you think I am? Or even what I think I am but sincerely wish I weren't?"

JRN 3900 - S1B  -  Entrepreneurial Digital : In an era of shrinking newsrooms, more and more journalists are creating their own job opportunities by launching news Web sites. Students in this course will analyze about how the more successful sites work and use practical information they obtain through research, reporting and interviewing to create their own sites. Among the topics covered will be defining the site and its mission, choosing the right open-source platform, researching potential audiences, devising an editorial plan, creating content including videos and slideshows and establishing an innovative business model. As they prepare to develop their own sites, students will receive hands-on experience at a Journalism Department Web site covering local issues.

PSY 9786 - S2DA  -  Creativity and Innovation 

SOC 3085 - S2C - PASSING : Passing, most often thought of as racial minorities passing for white to receive the privileges denied them due to race, has gotten a bad reputation over the years.  However, the aim of this course is to dispassionately examine the phenomenon of passing from a broader historical, sociological, and artistic framework that begins with racial passing, but also includes other forms of passing (sexual, ethnic, economic, religious, etc.).  We will begin with Erving Goffman's sociological classic, "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life," which examines the extent to which everyone "passes" in one way or another.  We will also focus attention on "in-between" people, especially mixed- and multiracial individuals, to see what their experiences and identities can tell us about the "authenticity" of racial categories and the socially constructed nature of racial, gender, and other identities.  Finally, the course will include various artistic treatments of the passing phenomenon, including Nella Larsen's 1929 Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, "Passing."  

"Who says I am obliged to be what you think I am? Or what I think you think I am? Or even what I think I am but sincerely wish I weren't?"