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CMST 313. Political Communication

Credits: 3
Department: Communication Studies
Description: Communicative actions in political contexts. Political campaigns, presidential communication, social movements, and religious and reform communication.
Semester Offered: Even Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Define and discuss orally and in writing essential concepts and terms from assigned readings, lectures, discussions, etc.
2. Identify public discourse produced for the purpose of influencing others.
3. Analyze examples of public discourse using at least three theoretical perspectives, and identify important elements of that discourse that contribute to its effectiveness/ineffectiveness in achieving the goals of the generators of the discourse.
4. Identify cultural assumptions embedded in public discourse, and identify the groups who are helped or hindered by these assumptions.
5. Note the role of technology in shaping public discourse, influencing its distribution to publics, and affecting its outcomes.
6. Locate, retrieve, study and use original texts, scholarly literature, and other relevent materials from libraries, in the construction of a term paper that examines a specific political communication event.
7. Understand and demonstrate elementary techniques of rhetorical criticism.

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