CMN 740 (01) - Seminar in Communication Research and Theory

Sem/Understand Civil Discourse

Can be taken by students who are remote.
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   12  
CRN: 57105
In-depth concentration on particular theoretical and methodological orientations within communication research. Orientations vary by semester. May be repeated barring duplication of subject. Prereq: CMN 455, CMN 456, CMN 457 & two 500 level CMN analysis courses.
Section Comments: Full Title: Understanding Civil Discourse in Practice
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman, Sophomore
Only listed majors in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Lydia Reinig

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 TR 9:40am - 11:00am MURK 204
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Course Description:

Civil discourse represents meaningful forms of communication that provide citizens space to talk about pressing social issues together in ways that move away from adversarial disengagement and towards mutual understanding and vibrant democratic processes. As a capstone experience, this course employs qualitative research methods to investigate the ways participants engage in civil discourse and make these experiences meaningful through their communication practices. Students will become competent in qualitative data collection methods (e.g., interviewing/focus groups, participant observation and fieldnote writing, transcribing) and analysis and interpretation of research materials to advance insightful understandings; refine writing and presentation skills; and gain understanding of the role and value of qualitative research in contributing to civic society and applied across contexts. Students will participate in ongoing research and public reporting on behalf of the Civil Discourse Lab (CDL); however, students need not have been previously affiliated with the CDL.