Fall 2019 Courses
COMM 438: Propaganda. (syllabus)
We will examine issues relevant to the public sphere, citizenship, and democracy by examining propaganda in American political discourse. Our readings and discussions will focus on four topics: 1) understanding how propaganda works; 2) propaganda message creation and analysis; 3) propaganda circulation and amplification; and, 4) whether or not it is possible to debunk propaganda. Our course readings, class discussions, and written work will examine the importance of propaganda in American political discourse.
COMM 440: Political Communication. (syllabus)
Rhetorical analysis of messages, media, and speakers in political campaigns, institutions and movements. We will examine issues relevant to the public sphere, citizenship, democracy, and public argument by focusing on political campaigns and political rhetoric. We will examine recent scholarship on media and politics, political participation, political campaign tactics and strategies, presidential rhetoric, and propaganda in America.