Communication Department

Courses Offered winter 08:

COGR 200B - Introduction to Communication/Culture
Val Hartouni
M 10:00 - 12:50

This course focuses on questions of interpretation and meaning. This course will examine how people use texts to interpret the world and coordinate their activities in social groups. Students will study both theories of interpretation in the conventional sense and theories about the act of interpreting.

COGR 200C - Introduction to Communication/Individual
Carol Paden
M 2:00 - 4:50 (or TBA)

This course will draw on theorists who examine human nature as constituted by social, material, and historical circumstances. This course considers the media in relation to the ontogenetic and historical development of the human being and an examination of the individual as socially constituted in a language-using medium. The role of new communication technologies as part of research methodologies is explored in lecture-seminar.

COGR 201M - Content Analysis
Daniel Hallin
F 9:00 - 11:50

History uses methodology of quantitative analysis of media content. Includes conceptual issues concerning the quantification of meaning and practical procedures for coding and data analysis. Students read examples of studies using content analysis and carry out their own pilot analyses. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

COGR 225C - Colloquim in Science Studies
M 4:00 - 6:20

A forum for the presentation and discussion of research in progress in science studies, by graduate students, faculty, and visitors. Required for all students in the Science Studies Program. Prerequisite: enrollment in the Science Studies Program or approval of instructor.

COGR 225D - Advanced Topics in Science Studies
David Serlin
Tue 9:30 - 12:20

This course, the second half of the introductory sequence in UC San Diego’s Science Studies Program, will familiarize students with contemporary themes, conceptual differences, and philosophical problems encountered in recent scholarly examinations and public discussions of science, technology, and medicine. In addition to doing weekly readings and participating in seminar conversations, students will complete one short conceptual essay, one analytical review essay, a collaborative presentation with one or more of their fellow students, and one final comparative essay that tackles an ongoing problem at the core of Science Studies in the early twenty-first century. At the end of the quarter, students will organize and take part in a mini-symposium devoted to some of the central intellectual, epistemological, and ethical questions generated by our readings and discussions this quarter.

COGR 275 - Advanced Topic in Communication: Neoliberalism
Elana Zilberg
Thur 1:00 - 3:50

Over the last couple of decades, many scholars, trying to develop frameworks for understanding the specificities of the present and the processes that shape it, have privileged the language and imagery of “globalization,” and now, “neoliberalism.” Is this simply our new master narrative, or are there in the world today new sets of resemblance in patterns of capitalist restructuring, in transformations of governance, and in the formation of subjects that could be said to form some kind of neoliberal assemblage? What have the various attempts to engage diverse contemporary conditions through modes of neoliberalism produced? What might they obscure?

This course addresses the various ways in which the “neo” in “neoliberalism” is thought to mark the present moment. Through recent theory, history and ethnography, we seek to understand the practices, discourses, fantasies, and desires through which subjects are said to learn or to refuse ways of being neoliberal. We ask how does neoliberalism bear upon questions of democracy, citizenship, sovereignty, violence and security? How do issues of development, consumption and space combine with neoliberal technologies and epistemologies? Finally, do these various attempts to model a dominant formation blind us to the “emergent,” its complexities, dynamism, exceptions and exclusions?

COGR 275- Advanced Topic in Communication:Technology, communication, and everyday practices
Morana Alac
W 3:00 - 5:50

The course considers our everyday engagement with technology to discuss: sociocultural character of objects and built environments; situated, distributed and embodied character of knowledges; the use of multimodal semiotic resources in human-technology interaction.

COGR 280 Advanced Worshop in Communication Media
Tue 1:00 - 3:50

This course is a project course in which students prepare a production or experiment using one of the forms of media. The course is designed to allow students to experiment in a communication form other than the usual oral presentation in class or a term paper. Students can do a video production, a coordinated photographic essay or exhibit, a computer instructional game, a published newspaper or magazine article directed at a special audience, a theatrical presentation, or some form other than those listed. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

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