COM 3203-001 Communication Law and Policy
This course will attempt to cover, through lectures, discussions, exams, papers, and mock trials, areas of largely mass communication law. Sections will include basic legal terminology and the legal process, the judicial system, including the Supreme Court, First Amendment rights, issues of libel and slander, invasion of privacy, newsgatherer’s privileges, advertising and matters of obscenity.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or 2280 or 2300
COM 3207-001 African American Rhetoric
What does it mean to be black—as an individual and as a member of a community—in the United States? How, historically, has the black experience been rhetorically constructed, and what are the enduring consequences of those constructions, in our present, 21st century context? In this class, we will examine these questions (and some answers to them) through a critical examination of a variety of rhetorical artifacts—including, but not limited to, speakers, television shows, movies, spaces (including the Main Line), music, and social movements (both historical, like the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary, like #blacklivesmatter). We will focus on how these symbolic representations created (and create) the lived meanings of blackness that continue to impact the lives of black Americans—and, indeed, all Americans. The primary objective of the course is therefore to develop a comprehensive understanding of the symbols used to rhetorically construct and reconstruct the African American identity and community, and how those rhetorical efforts work to both constrain and enable the pursuit of racial justice.
Instructor: Crable; prerequisites will be waived for Africana Studies minors/concentrators, for P&J minors/concentrators, and for Writing & Rhetoric Minors/Concentrators
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
Attributes: Africana Studies MinorConc, Diversity 1
COM 3241 Performance of Literature
In this course we explore:
· the power of literature to communicate through performance--words brought to life off the page;
· performance as a way of knowing self and other;
· performance as an aesthetic and rhetorical moment—a dynamic and ethically grounded exchange among performer, text, and audience;
· the performative and culture-making power of literary texts.
In this course we take as given that literature—poems, short stories, novels, drama, nonfiction (including social media texts, memoir, personal narrative)—has the potential to challenge systems that give rise to experiences of power, privilege, and marginalization. Through the study, understanding and performance of literary voices of non-dominant groups in the US and Western Europe, we will use our bodies and creative energies to make art that challenges us to come to greater understandings of ourselves and others. We will pay particular attention to point of view and literary/performance style in interrogating cultural identities, relationships, and power dynamics—all in the service of creating dialogical performances that engage audiences to see the world in new ways.
Prior performance experience is not required—only a love of language and literature, and an openness to exploring the performer in you! If you do have performance experience, you will have the chance to grow in new and different ways.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2400 or COM 2240
Attributes: Diversity 1, Fine Arts,P&J
COM 3301-001, 002 Introduction to Film & Video Production
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of TV production. Students are expected to produce individually and in small groups, broadcast video projects combining all fundamentals learned in class - terminology, script writing, single and multi-camera operation, lighting, audio capture, computer based video editing and effects, and live studio production. The final project will prove how well each student has mastered the above components of video production.
Instructor: Ehrlich, Lewis
Prerequisites: COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340
COM 3303-001 Screenwriting
The purpose of this course is to prepare you to write two short screenplays by introducing you to the building blocks of cinematic storytelling. Students are expected to develop a solid foundation in screenwriting format, three act dramatic structure, character conception and development, the difference between plot and story, and the best way to put all of this information to use in the actual writing of treatments and screenplays. Although the three act model we will use in this class is not the only, or perhaps the best, way to write screenplays, it is standard in the industry and must be mastered by beginning screenwriters. By the end of the semester you will have written two treatments for short films and two screenplays in master scenes form. Part of the goal of this course is to gain an understanding of storytelling that will be applicable to various media. Most class sessions will be a combination of lecture, film viewing, and writing exercises. You are expected to work independently and in collaboration with other students.
Prerequisites: COM 1300 and COM 2240 or 2280 or 2300 or 2340
Attributes: Fine Arts
COM 3308-001 Digital Imaging Production
Use a digital camera to create images, process these images in Adobe PhotoShop and output processed images as Advertisements, PR Releases, for Photojournalism, or as hard copy (paper) and interactive electronic media (web). Basics of Camera (Lighting, focus, framing, speed, f-stops, ASA, lenses, cameras, contrast range and gamma, color vs. B&W, transmission, archive, etc.) Basics of Photo Shop (opening/ finding images, adjusting, layers, pixels, text, resizing, resolution, file types, color space, save "as", output, etc.) Finish with projects directed toward student's particular area of concentration -- Journalism, PR, Advertising, Film.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or 2240 or 2280 or 2300 or 2340 or 2400 or 2440
COM 3321-001, 100 Interactive Media Design I
Study of the principles of creating effective communication for the World Wide Web. Explores basic web design techniques with emphasis on designing and integrating diverse media elements. Focus on the creation and manipulation of text, graphics, audio and video for the Web.
Prerequisites: COM 2280 or 2300 or 2340
COM 3341 – Gender and Film
This course examines to the role of cinema in the cultural production of gender and sexual identity in contemporary societies. Students analyze gender and sexual identity in a variety of contemporary American films with a special emphasis on the way film structure and content rhetorically constructs masculinities and femininities and the ideological functions and implications of these constructions for audiences and culture. This analysis of specific films is grounded in course readings taken from primary sources in feminist film theory and criticism, rhetorical film theory and criticism, gender theory and media studies. Students will have the opportunity to propose and explore analytic, creative, and/or theoretical projects within the purview of the course theme.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2440.
Attributes: Fine Arts, Diversity 2, GWS
COM 3342 -001 International Cinema
This course explores a range of International film movements and films made by some of the world’s most renowned directors, and consider the ways in which they stylistically and thematically reflect and engage with various themes within both regional and global contexts. The goal is to examine the means by which such films mirror, contribute to, and challenge their dominant values and cultures and vice versa while also striving to maintain and advance the formal aspects of film art. This class offers an opportunity to appreciate how filmmakers from different parts of the world tell their own stories through their own lenses.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
Attributes: Arab and Islamic Studies; Fine Arts; Diversity 3
COM 3351-001 Media and Society
Structure and content of major media industries in America (radio, television, newspapers magazines, recordings, books and film). Students will use various theoretical models to analyze these industries and their organizations in a political and economic context. Students will also examine individual "films of persuasion" from around the world as cultural documents and as works of art.
Prerequisites: COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2200
COM 3360-001 Introduction to Journalism
News is an integral part of our daily lives—from the “Eye-witness” reports on Channel 10 and the headlines of the New York Times to Internet news-sites and the tawdry tabloids awaiting us at the supermarket checkout. This course aims to provide a critical understanding of the role of journalism in modern society, combining theoretical perspectives on the making of news with insights from the journalists who produce it. Students will analyze research material on journalism, as well as examine newsmaking across platforms such as television and the Internet. While students will be introduced to foundational journalism practices, this course takes a more theoretical approach to journalism in order to provide the necessary background and context for more in-depth exposure to the practice of journalism in future courses.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2240
COM 3363-001 Broadcast Journalism
Broadcast Journalism examines the techniques and ethics of newsgathering. Students will be instructed in writing for radio and television and in the editing of video for news programs. Emphasis is on the art of storytelling.
Prerequisites: COM 3360
COM 3366-001 Multimedia Journalism
Journalism is no longer defined by a single medium. Newspapers have become digital news organizations with print, online and mobile editions. Broadcast journalists have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Journalists are writing for digital media, shooting video, blogging, creating podcasts, and using social media to distribute their content and engage users. This course explores journalism across media platforms. Students will learn to write for a variety of media, create integrated news packages, and maintain strong journalistic principles, techniques and ethics within and across these varied platforms.
Prerequisites: COM 3360
COM 3390-001 TOP: Race & Ethnicity in Film
This course is designed to serve as an intensive study of the representation of race and ethnicity in American cinema. Students will be investigating how film has often served as a mirror to society’s ills, and has been used to imagine and advocate a more just system. Some of the topics covered will be migrant narratives, Native Americans and the American western, depictions of slavery and the civil rights movement, immigrant cinema and tropes of narco and mafia narratives, music videos as vehicle for cross-cultural exposure and more. Students will also be introduced to the basic vocabulary and concepts necessary to critically analyze, understand, appreciate and make films. This is an interdisciplinary class that draws upon film studies as well as social and political histories to explore cinematic story telling and its greater cultural impact.
Prerequisites: COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340
Attributes: Fine Arts, Diversity 1, P&J
COM 3390-100 TOP: Applied Production
This production course is a great opportunity for students who learn best through hands-on experience. Students will collaborate with graduate students, actors and experts to produce a series of narrative, docu-drama, public health videos targeting diverse communities. Over the course of the semester we will be focused on the creation of video content with an emphasis on strategic messaging. There will be opportunities to both learn basic production skills, as well as to apply and hone existing production technique
Prerequisites: COM 3301 and/or Permission of Chair
COM 3390-H01 HON: More Human than Human
Communication and technology are not only central features of modern life, they have been fundamental to the varied ways we have defined what it means to be human. This course will explore the intersection where our collective self definition meets the media in and through which we connect, enact, and make sense of our lives. Course material will include film, literature and television, as well as poignant readings drawn from across the humanities and social sciences.
Non-Honors students may take an Honors course with the approval of the department; Course satisfies a requirement for 3000-level media studies elective
COM 3442- Teambuilding & Small Group Communication
Collaboration is an increasingly important part of life in various organizational contexts – corporations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, civic organizations, religious institutions, etc. In this course, we will consider various theoretical approaches to collaboration, groups and teams within the communication field and will address topics such as power, leadership, decision-making, conflict, trust, diversity and virtual collaboration. Group exercises and assignments will provide us with practical opportunities to apply what we are learning and will illuminate our theoretical understandings.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2280 or COM 2400 or COM 2440.
COM 3448-100 Multicultural Leadership and Dialogue
Multicultural Leadership is designed to offer a perspective of leadership and communication that includes practical ways students can use what they learn to become effective leaders at Villanova and beyond. The course will introduce students to scholarship that addresses the ways in which injustice and misunderstanding appear in America, the world and at our University. It examines how social constructions of gender, ethnicity, race, culture, social class, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, national origin, etc. organize the world in ways that exclude or include, empower or oppress. Through a dynamic engagement of knowledge and understanding of justice and equity issues, students will develop a dialogic perspective and a set of dialogic skills as one means of transforming themselves and their communities. Students must participate in 14 outside hours of evening or weekend dialogue practice through COM 5300 IGR, one-credit topically-focused dialogue group. Complete application for COM 5300 at www.villanova.edu/igr
Instructors: C. Anthony, Bowen, Nance
Attributes: Cultural Studies, Diversity 1; Peace and Justice, GIS
Restricted course– requires permission of Instructor
COM 3460-001, 002 Public Relations
This course provides a foundation for students interested in the field of public relations. It chronicles the development of the profession from its earliest beginnings to its role in modern management. The course also attempts to bridge the gap that exists between theory and practice. It achieves this by emphasizing the fundamental management perspective of the profession and the persuasive intent of message construction while highlighting the four essential skills required for success in the industry - research, writing, planning and problem solving.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
COM 3461-100 Advertising
This introductory course in advertising provides students with an interest in advertising, public relations, organizational communication, and marketing communication, with a thorough understanding of the advertising structure. The course provides students with detailed information concerning the core skills required of advertising executives. Areas of study include the research process in advertising, the creative platform development and execution, the strategy involved in media planning and buying and the process of evaluating advertising effectiveness. Students gain hands-on experience in developing advertising executions and campaigns for a variety of products, services, individuals and ideas.
Instructor: Christopher Murray
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or 2280 or 2300 or 2340 or 2400 or 2440
COM 3462-001, 002 Public Relations Writing
This course offers students the foundation for producing a variety of written public relations materials. The structure includes an overview of the journalistic style of writing along with extensive practice in writing fundamentals. Following the work on enhancing writing skills, students will develop a variety of pieces for their portfolios. Final class products include print news releases, position papers, feature stories, media advisories, media kit, and other related assignments. The course is strongly recommended for students interested in public relations, advertising, marketing, and organizational communication.
Instructor: Flanagan, Cowen
Prerequisites: COM 3460
COM 3464-001 Public Relations Campaigns
This course explores a variety of case studies in the field of public relations including examples in media relations, crisis communication and planning. Following the review of cases, student groups will be created and will spend the remainder of the semester developing a professional campaign for a client. The final project is a presentation of this overall public relations plan.
Prerequisite: COM 3462
COM 3490-001 TOP: Nonverbal Communication
Examination of codes and theories of nonverbal communication within personal, interpersonal, and professional contexts. Topics includes appearance, body language, space, touch, interpersonal attractiveness, credibility and impression management.
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
Instructor: Hecht (Harron Chair)
COM 3600-001,002 Special Topics: Social Justice Documentary
Six credit course
In the early part of the course, students will learn about an important issue through a series of lectures from various experts in the particular field. Simultaneously, they will learn the craft of documentary video production. Students will then go to a chosen client (a non-profit organization dedicated to a particular issue) and work in collaboration with the client to create a video that will explore and help to define the issue and reveal ways that social action can positively affect social circumstances. The end result will be the creation of a short (less than forty minutes) video. The video will also be submitted to appropriate film festivals. Enrollment is limited to eleven new students (and four returning students).
Instructor: O’Leary, McWilliams, Marencik – Section 001; Lewis- Section 002
Prerequisites: At least 3 credits of prior courses in relevant COM theory, film or social justice
Attributes: Peace & Justice
Permission of Instructor Required