What We Teach

CMN 740: Understanding Civil Discourse in Practice

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Instructor: Professor Lydia Reinig

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...

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CMN 703: Democratic Deliberation

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Instructor- Jennifer Borda

This course will focus on communicating across differences in a civic context, or how students may engage with democratic ideals and values, such as equality, equity, and the common good, in everyday and community decision-making.

Democratic deliberation entails bringing people together in conversation to discover shared stories, complicate the traditional narratives, identify underlying values, and surface key tensions in decision-making to identify possible solutions to thorny public problems. In this course, students will strengthen...

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CMN 696: Seminar in Media Studies- Cultural Policy and Citizenship

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Instructor - Joseph terry

Despite accounting for 1/10,000th of the federal budget, a much-discussed point of contention during the 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections involved federal support for public television, radio, and the National Endowment of the Arts in the United States.  This course addresses the rationale and impact of policy interventions and subventions within the media, cultural, and arts industries.  Even though we are surrounded by policy interventions and organizations aimed at providing support to arts and culture on a local, regional,...

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CMN 680: Perspectives on Culture and Communication

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Instructor - John Lannamann

Critical interpretation of culture focused on the communication practices and resources of diverse groups. Examination of the reciprocal relationship between communication practices, forms of culture, and cultural identity. Exploration of the conditions necessary for dialogue between differing cultural groups. Emphasis on the role of communication in constructing race, power, cultural domination, and globalization. Prereq: CMN 455, CMN 456, and CMN 457 with C or better and two 500-level courses with a C- or better, or by permission. Writing...

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CMN 635: Contemplative Media Studies

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Instructor - Kevin Healey

Contemplative Media Studies involves the application of contemplative practices and principles to the critical analysis of media content, technology, and institutions. It links Media Studies to Contemplative Studies, which integrates empirical social-science research (neuroscience, psychology) to first-person practices like meditation, yoga, and art therapy. Through academic essays and arts-based assignments, students strive to become more mindful digital citizens-creative yet critical, hopeful yet judicious with regard to the current and future...

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CMN 630: Psychology of Communication

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INstructor - Sheila McNamee

Recasts human psychology as a communicative accomplishment, offering a critique of the individualist tradition. Emphasis on the ways in which identity, knowledge, values, and beliefs are constructed in daily social engagements and the pragmatic, political, and moral implications of this view. Implications for our major cultural institutions such as education, health, and politics. Prereq: CMN 455, CMN 456, and CMN 457 with C or better and two 500-level courses with a C- or better, or by permission. Writing intensive.

CMN 540: Special Topics in Communication, Introduction to Civil Discourse

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INstructor - Lydia Reinig

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 politics together.  And yet, more often than not, these conversations are fraught with challenges and complications that can have adverse consequences for civic life. Introduction to Civil Discourse steps into the agora of civic discussion to consider: How do we talk about politics together in ways that foster the types of meaningful engagement we seek?  To begin to...

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CMN 562 Collaborative Leadership

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Instructor - professor renee heath

This course grounds the study of interaction in groups via theories of inter-organizational collaboration. Students will leave this course with a very specific set of knowledge and skills related to dialogue, principled negotiation, constructive conflict, consensus decision making and appreciative inquiry. Lessons focus on the development of a responsible ethic regarding how to share power among diverse group members. This ethic prepares you to lead collaborative groups in organizations, communities, and as family members. 

CMN 760 Seminar in Mediation

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Instructor - Sheila McNamee

This course will explore different theories and models of mediation as they inform the broader topic of conflict resolution. Emphasis will be on models that examine relational processes as opposed to models that provide a list of skills or techniques for mediation. To that end, the course will focus on transformative dialogue as a mode of mediation and conflict resolution rather than on compromise or consensus models.

CMN 742 Dialogue & Teamwork

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Instructor - Professor Jack Lannamann

This course is about team building, alternative conflict resolution, and creative problem solving. We will explore the idea that, contrary to prevailing cultural assumptions, a significant factor in our achievements at work and play can be traced not to our individual attributes but rather to the relationships that we develop in our conversations with others. We will examine the dialogic basis of these relationships, drawing on a range of philosophic traditions and practical activities that highlight the social basis of thought

CMN 662 Public Dialogue & Deliberation

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Instructor - Professor Renee Heath

This course explores the theory behind the practice of public dialogue and deliberation. It considers the distinctions and appropriateness of different types and aims of public participation, and how to best facilitate conversations important in the public sphere. The course anchors civil discourse as vital to democracy. Students will design, organize, and implement a public dialogue on campus, facilitating discussions on a relevant topic serving our community. Students marry practice with deep consideration of issues of equity, diversity,...

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