Course Descriptions

CO0111 Language and Communication
The primary focus of this course is to create a language-rich environment, in which students derive meaning from language and generate language in an academic setting. By practicing oral language and communication skills, students will learn to be more effective in expressing their own ideas and responding to the ideas of others during classroom discourse. This course is also built on the premise that developing oral language improves reading and writing skills. Narrative and descriptive language are emphasized in readings, discussions, and other forms of communication. Vocabulary development and technology skills will also be practiced.

Department Chair Liza BurnsCO0911 Foundations of Communication
The goal of this class is to help students become more aware of their oral language and listening skills so that they are better able to communicate their thoughts and respond to others in an academic setting. By participating in discussions and preparing for and delivering presentations, students learn to participate effectively in various forms of classroom discourse. Students also develop their academic communication skills by using email, communicating about academic needs, and assessing personal communication styles and abilities.

CO0941 Readings and Discussions
The Readings and Discussions course is designed to help students develop and refine their oral language skills for the discussion-based classroom. Students participate in structured discussions on selected readings. Essay writing, vocabulary development, listening skills, and clear, concise speech are emphasized throughout the course. Students are asked to provide constructive suggestions for enhancing discussions.

CO1011 Introduction to Communication
This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution, and support from within a group.

Communications Professor Eric MatteCO1021 Intro to Interpersonal Communication
By learning the practical and theoretical aspects of interpersonal communication in both dyadic and group settings, students in this course will learn how to better manage meaningful family, social and workplace relationships. Students will explore the role of self-awareness, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, gender/cultural differences, and ethics in creating more effective conversations and in managing conflicts. Current research and theory will be reviewed and interpersonal communication skills will be practiced through various experiential formats, such as role-playing, observations, and in-depth analysis of everyday interpersonal exchanges. In addition, this course serves as an introduction to the field of communications.

CO1030 Leadership Skills
This course teaches students the skills they need to act as leaders in formal group settings. While open to all students, this course is especially relevant for students involved in campus organizations such as Student Government, Campus Activity Board, and Outdoor Leadership Board. Techniques for setting agendas, team building, running meetings, and resolving conflicts will be covered. Emphasis will be upon role-play, practice, and practical application of these skills in "real life."

CO1050 Photojournalism
In this course, students will learn how to communicate visually through the art of photojournalism. Using the camera, students will begin to learn how to photograph people, events and news in natural light conditions. Photojournalism history, technique, and the future of the profession will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to photograph real life situations, work with the student newspaper, and prepare a portfolio of their work. Students must have a digital camera with manual controls and program modes, a zoom lens, and high-resolution image capabilities.

CO1060 Radio Training
This one-credit course is a requirement for all students wishing to participate in the Landmark College Campus Radio Station, WLMC. In the course, the "how-to" aspects of being a radio broadcaster and basic radio functioning will be covered. Direct instruction, observation, and critique of performance will be provided. In addition, the station's policies and practices from the station manual will be reviewed in depth. This course, and experience with the Campus Radio Station, will provide students with the skills and background toward developing potential opportunities in pursuing careers in mass media.

CO1061 Introduction to Mass Media
Students of this course will gain an introductory framework of media literacy and of mediated communication and cultural theory. We will examine the history and structure of the mass media industries, the production of culture by the American mass media, its reception by the American public, and many of the debates which currently concern members of mass media systems. Issues explored will include the impact of media systems, content, and advertising on economics, politics, and technology in the social and global world. Through lectures, discussions, and experiential learning, the class will explore the media’s influence on our ways of seeing, thinking, and understanding as audience members and cultural citizens. In addition, this course serves as an introduction to the field of communication.

CO1071 Introduction to Public Speaking
This course provides an introduction to public speaking through the application of communication theory and techniques to a variety of different presentation contexts. Students will be trained in selecting and organizing ideas, adapting a message to a particular audience, supporting ideas clearly, vividly, and logically, and delivering an effective message with confidence and enthusiasm. Students will be required to research and present at least three prepared in-class speeches. The basic premise of this course is that public speaking is a skill that can be mastered by anyone with motivation and determination. In addition, this course serves as an introduction to the field of communication. Prerequisites: None

CO1080 Mediation Skills
This one credit course teaches students the skills they need to act as mediators in the conflicts of others. Emphasis will be on role-play, practice and the practical application of these skills in real conflict situations. Through the study of communication, negotiation, facilitation, and understanding the unique role of the mediator, students will learn the skills and process necessary to conduct successful mediations.

CO2022 Relationships and Relational Communication
By studying the practical and theoretical aspects of relational communication, students in this course will learn the techniques for managing the communication demands of meaningful intimate relationships. Students will investigate the role of self-awareness, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, gender differences, and ethics in resolving conflicts and creating more successful interactions between intimate partners, friends, and family members. Current research and theory on topics such as attraction, equity, power, gender, and marriage will be explored. Relational communication skills will be practiced through various experiential formats, such as role-playing, simulations, observations, and in-depth analysis of everyday interpersonal exchanges. Students will be introduced to a range of literature and research from several disciplines. Prerequisites: CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans and EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001

CO2031 Leadership & Small Group Communication
This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of theoretical aspects and practical skills of leadership and small group communication. Participation in this course will model the content. Methodology for leading and participating in small groups will be introduced, implemented and reinforced. Oral communication skills will be practiced through various experiential formats such as small group challenges, role-playing, fish bowl observations, and computer mediated communication. Current research and theory from a range of disciplines on topics such as self awareness, diversity, power, creativity, problem solving, and ethics will be provided. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2051 Intercultural Communication
This course focuses on the relationship between communication and culture. Students explore the ways in which cultural values, attitudes and assumptions are reflected in the communication process. The semester begins with a self-analysis of the students' own cultural identities and communication styles. Students then examine verbal and nonverbal communication patterns from a cross-cultural perspective. The students work toward refining their oral communication skills by preparing oral presentations and leading group discussions. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2061 Special Topics in Communication
This course provides students the opportunity to explore current topics in communications with a particular focus on Media Studies. Examples of topics may include Media Literacy, Oral History and Media, Ethics and Communication, and The Impact of Communication Technologies. The common focus will generally be the controversies and challenges inherent in these topics at this particular time in history. Students will examine these topics critically by studying and researching the philosophical, social, historical, technological, and educational dimensions inherent in these topics. Students will demonstrate their learning through analytical papers and a variety of communication formats: presentation, debate, discussion, and dialogue. Prerequisites: CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans and EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001

CO2062 Oral Tradition and Media
This interdisciplinary seminar will examine significant social, technological, historical, artistic, and psychological forces that have shaped our lives in the last century. Questions such as the following will be addressed: What impact has the shift from an oral tradition to text to electronic media had on our lives? What quality of human contact and development occurs through listening, telling and reading stories? What cultural values and messages are transmitted through modern media? What are the implications to moral development? Through oral story telling, discussions, readings, presentations, field study, viewing mass media, and writing critiques, students will develop a conceptual framework for understanding the influences that have shaped their perceptions of the world. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2063 The Internet, Culture and Communication
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the impact of the Internet and web based technologies upon culture and communication. Students examine how the Internet, by promoting new behaviors for managing information and conducting relationships, is changing our economic, social, governance and educational institutions. In addition, students investigate novel challenges to issues such as economic inequalities, intellectual property, personal privacy and censorship. The course will explore the ways in which the Internet has dramatically amplified the potential for human interactions and awakens fresh perspectives upon the intersection of culture and communication. Through selected readings and hands-on practice with Internet technology, students will gain a conceptual framework for understanding the ongoing Internet culture and communications phenomenon. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2064 Media Ethics
This interdisciplinary course addresses the ethical questions arising from the ubiquitous presence of mass media in a postmodern age. The course will give an historical overview of the crucial ethical theories relevant to communications and media. Students will apply philosophical and ethical thinking to cases mostly drawn from postmodern culture. Though the course is heavily discussion-based, there are significant amounts of reading and writing. Pre-Requisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2066 Journalism in the Digital Age
This course provides students with a direct engagement with journalism as it is practiced in the current age and from the perspective of its origins, development, and purposes. The course will combine theoretical knowledge and skills development in the service of an ongoing news organization. It will create a newsroom for a digital newsletter at a minimum of five times during the semester with the intent to disseminate news relevant to the Landmark College community. The newsletter will primarily present written content, but may incorporate mixed media elements as suitable for the "digital age." Every student will produce writing each week and work both individually and and in groups toward completing an established number of publishable written articles. This course will also include visiting speakers who practice in the field. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

students on air on WLCM CO2067 Radio Production and Programming
This course is an overview of radio broadcast history, including past and present technologies, as well as standards of station organization and management through lectures, guests, field trips, and activities. In addition, there will be a focus on FCC regulations and radio’s cultural impact. There will be several hands-on group projects with students gaining experience in both technical and “on air” roles. Students will have the opportunity to develop pre-recorded radio content by becoming familiar with the studio sound board and microphones, and learn some basics of audio production such as editing, dubbing, and sound effects. They will work on script writing and interviewing and will practice various techniques employed by radio announcers, such as pacing, voice dynamics, breathing, pronunciation, and inflection. Some of these pre-recorded productions will be be aired through WLMC, Landmark College Radio. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2069 Communication Media Independent Study
This independent study is intended for students who wish to go further in media areas that the Communications Department covers, but for which it has limited course offerings. Typically, this involves experiential learning with regular engagement with an on-campus or local newsroom or radio station. In addition, it is possible for a student to participate in an Independent Study with a placement near his/her home during summer break. It is required that there be an on-site supervisor that provides tasks and feedback for the student. (It is advised to find a placement that has experience with internships.) This supervisor may or may not be the instructor for the Independent Study; however, the instructor must maintain contact with the supervisor and student. In addition, the instructor creates an appropriate syllabus and provides regular assessments, including a final grade. Independent Studies must be approved by the department chair with information provided to the Registrar. Areas that a student may engage in include management, promotions, and production, as well as technical assistance. The majority of the independent study consists of active participation and fulfilling responsibilities assigned by the supervisor, but may also include maintaining a journal of the experience and a concluding reflective essay. There may be additional academic elements such as assigned readings, research, and presentations. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

CO2071 Professional Presentations
In this course, students will expand upon their abilities to plan, organize, and execute highly effective presentations within a variety of community, civic, business, and academic settings. They will master multi-media resources used to augment and enhance their public presentations. Students will also examine contemporary presentation practices through direct contact with professionals in the field. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2082 Collaborative Negotiation: Theory & Practice
In this course, students study both the principles and applications of negotiation. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of the communication and process skills involved in a collaborative approach to negotiation and conflict resolution. Relying heavily on a hands-on approach involving role-playing and simulation, students will learn about their own conflict behaviors and styles and develop skills applicable to their own personal and professional lives.
Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans

CO2084 Dialogue & DebateArt & Logic of Argumentation
This course focuses on the principles and methods of argumentation as applied to the forms of dialogue and debate. Through both forms, students practice clear communication and reasoning skills by incorporating elements of logic, argumentation, and persuasion. Students learn about, discuss, and debate ideas and issues from the fields of philosophy, social science, politics, and art. Prerequisites: EN1011 or EN1015 and FY1011 or FY1001 and CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans