CMN 540 (02) - Special Topics in Communication

Special Topics in Comm

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 56290
Selected topics not covered by existing Communication courses. Topics may vary. Courses are available in the department office or online prior to each semesters registration period. May be repeated barring duplication of topic.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Cross listed with : CMN 540.01
Majors not allowed in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Instructors: Jennifer Borda

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm HS 105
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Course Title & Description:  Civil Discourse in a Democracy - From our classrooms to our social media feeds, and our living rooms to our legislature, the vibrancy of our democracy hinges on how we talk about issues, problems, and decisions that impact our communities. And yet, these complex conversations are often fraught with challenges that undermine productive civic life. We will contemplate the question: How do we talk about issues of common concern together to encourage more meaningful engagement? We will examine civil discourse in practice, including through our U.S. civic structure, adversarial models (protest/movements/resistance), and dialogue models (public dialogue/democratic deliberation/participatory democracy and collaborative inquiry). Using case studies for critical reflection, we will attend to the complex dynamics of our civic landscape, the challenges of civility (and incivility), and the possibilities for cultivating more productive civil discourse around contentious issues in diverse contexts.