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  School of Communication and Information 2023-2025 Ph.D. Program in Communication, Information, and Media Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Media Courses  

Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Media Courses
16:194:600 Ph.D. Colloquium (0) Required each semester in coursework. Forum for the presentation of research and professional activities by guest speakers, faculty, and students.
16:194:601 Communication, Information, and Media Proseminar (3) The proseminar addresses nature of communication, information, and media processes and their role in individual, social, and institutional behavior. Particular emphasis will be on the conceptual linkages between communication, information, and media processes, as well as theory and metatheory. Panels will alternate between interdisciplinary and area-specific topics featuring communication, information, and media (CIM) program faculty as speakers. Proseminar will include topics in professional development, academic integrity, responsible and ethical conduct of research, intellectual property. Students will pass the human subjects certification program as part of the course.
16:194:602 Research Foundations (3) Concepts, methods, and practices of social science research in relation to communication, information science, and media studies.
16:194:603 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
Qualitative approaches for examining communication, media, and information processes, including definition, acquisition, evaluation, and use.
Prerequisites: 16:194:601, 602.
16:194:604 Quantitative Research Methods (3)
Examines facets of research, problem areas, research techniques, and range of techniques (including experimental designs). Each student develops a research methods proposal relating to a chosen topic.
Prerequisites: 16:194:601, 602, and statistics competency.
16:194:605 Critical Research Methods (3) Issues, debates, and techniques related to textual and contextual analysis of media and other forms of data.
Prerequisite: 16:194:601.
16:194:608 Research Practicum (3) Students conduct original research under the supervision of one or more members of the program faculty and produce a scholarly paper to be submitted to a recognized conference or refereed journal. Results are presented at an interactive display session held each semester.
16:194:610 Seminar in Information Studies (3) The purpose of this course is to provide a theoretical and historical overview of important scholarly paradigms and research questions in the field of library and information science (LIS). Emphasis is on broad coverage of LIS research and historical perspectives that serve as a foundation for contemporary scholarship. Additional topics will be selected by the instructor based on her or his prioritization, and given the evolving landscape of LIS scholarship. Scholarly paradigms and topics in the field of LIS will be situated in wider epistemological contexts as relevant.
16:194:612 Human Information Behavior (3) Human information behavior is the study of human behavioral interactions with information, the situations (contexts) in which the interactions occur, and the design of information systems and services that more readily facilitate the design and use of information systems. This course provides students with an overview of historical and emerging directions in human information behavior research. It covers both theoretical and methodological perspectives, including experimental design and observational approaches. The course aims to generate in students both a theoretical and practical understanding of human information behavior and to provide a solid foundation for conducting original research in this field.
16:194:614 Information Retrieval Theory (3) Examines the basic problems of information retrieval (IR) from theoretical and experimental points of view. Develops a basis for the specification of design principles for IR systems.
16:194:617 Knowledge Representation for Information Retrieval (3) Concurrent consideration of options for knowledge representation, methods for evaluating the effect of these options on costs and effectiveness, and research relating to knowledge representation for information retrieval.
16:194:619 Experiment and Evaluation in Information Systems (3)
Measures, models, and methods for macroevaluation of impact of information systems within their environment and for microevaluation of performance of system components. Examines the design, conduct, and results associated with experiments.
16:194:620 Interpersonal Communication (3) Contemporary theories and major lines of classic and current research concerning interpersonal communication.
16:194:621 Organizational Communication Research (3)
Survey of major theories, methods, and research topics in the study of organizing and organizations. Examines a range of micro and macro topics related to organizing and organizations and the role of information and communication in those processes.
16:194:622 Health Communication (3) Provides an overview of the major areas of health communication, including health communication campaigns, physician-patient communication, and communication among health professionals and individuals affected by health issues.
16:194:623 Research Design (3) Provides an overview of the epistemological philosophies that guide research in communication. Develops a foundation for collecting, measuring, and analyzing data to address a research question or problem.
16:194:624 Communication Theory (3) Examines theoretical paradigms that are foundational to the field of communication and promotes engagement with the mechanisms, processes, and tools involved in theory construction.
16:194:626 Organizational Communication Networks (3) Theory, concepts, methods, and analysis for understanding and applying social networks to organizational contexts.
16:194:627 Work and Communication Technology (3) This class examines key challenges, opportunities, and policies at the intersection of communication technology use and the workplace.
16:194:628 Social Media (3) Provides a theoretical orientation to the examination of social media. Topics discussed include issues of self-presentation, identity, privacy, youth and social media, information exchange, political participation, social networks, social capital, virtual worlds, collective action, and work.
16:194:631 Media Theory (3) Current mass communication theories and approaches analyzed from a research perspective. Topics include: critical theory, audience ethnography, uses and gratifications, socialization processes and effects, and agenda setting.
16:194:632 Scholarly and Scientific Communication (3) Study of the processes through which scholarly, scientific, and technical ideas are communicated: mentoring; professional, national, and international information networks; scholarly and scientific publishing; examines other aspects of specialized information transfer.
16:194:633 Mediated Communication (3) Examines newly emerging mediated communication technologies (e.g., mobile phones and internet) and how they relate to individuals, organizations, and society; also examines how social forces affect adoption and usage patterns of mediated technologies.
16:194:634 Experiential Media (3) Students engage in a theoretical examination of experiential media (e.g., augmented reality, virtual reality). Readings provide a perspective on the development of experiential media, including implications for the transformation of media content forms and platforms in an experiential context. Students consider methodological and critical approaches to studying experiential media.
16:194:635 Health Communication Campaigns (3) Focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of communication programs designed to change health behavior of individuals, groups, and entire populations.
16:194:636 Interpersonal Health Communication (3)
This course overviews major themes of interpersonal health communication, including issues such as physician-patient communication, relationships for individuals with health issues, and the relationship of communication to physical and mental health outcomes.
16:194:637 Mediated Health Communication (3) Focuses on how mediated communication is transforming health/medical practice and affecting health policy processes. Topics range from the way mediated communication sources affect the search for and acquisition of health information to the way these technologies are used to affect the behavior of individuals, groups, and entire populations.
16:194:638 Language and Social Interaction (3) This course examines the language and social interaction (LSI) approach to studying human communication. We consider the epistemological and theoretical underpinnings of LSI scholarship; overview key research traditions within LSI; and explore the unique contributions of LSI scholarship to the communication discipline across its several subfields.
16:194:641 Media Law and Policy (3)   Focuses on the intersections of law, policy, and technology, examining attempts to regulate digital media and information flows. The course considers the tensions among freedom, control, individual liberty, and societal good inherent in attempts to regulate a developing media landscape.
16:194:642 Information Regulation and Law (3) Information law and regulation; focus on the historical and contemporary legal and regulatory issues stemming from the application of information technology.
16:194:643 Information Indicators (3) Integrated treatment of measures, indicators, and methods for quantitative description of information and communication systems, resources, and activities. Emphasis on drawing relations among different measures and application to information policy studies.
16:194:645 Advanced Concepts in Management of Information Organizations (3) Systematic consideration of the evolution of management theory leading to an evaluation of contemporary theoretical and research issues in planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling the information organization. Prerequisite: 17:610:508 or equivalent.
16:194:648 Organizational Assessment and Change (3) Systematic consideration of the theories and strategies of assessment, planning, development, and change at the organizational and programmatic levels in nonprofit and profit-seeking information organizations.
16:194:656 Theories and Issues in Library Studies (3) Seminar examines the intellectual foundations for librarianship as a discipline, the development of a broadened understanding of pervasive theories and research issues, and the identification and exploration of research literature in librarianship and pertinent allied fields.
16:194:662 Media Criticism (3) The course provides an overview of theories, principles, and research that inform the practice of media education worldwide. Theories of media education, various approaches to media pedagogy, and contemporary research problems are addressed.
16:194:663 Media History (3) The course examines the history of print and electronic news media, considering them not as freestanding institutions but as key parts or aspects of wider cultural and political developments, and situating them in their historical context.
16:194:664 Media and Culture (3) Cultural approaches to media studies, with a focus on major theories and critical analysis of media and popular culture. Topics include: cultural theory; aesthetics and taste; representation and ideology; consumer culture; media, culture, and identity; gender, race, class, and sexuality in media; and fandom and subcultures.
16:194:665 Media and Politics (3) Theories and research relating old and new media to political decision-making. Topics include public attitudes and opinion, media policy, interest articulation, political culture, ideology, rhetoric and content analysis, framing, and agenda setting.
16:194:666 Social Construction of News (3) Surveys and critiques social science research on news and the news media. Examines diverse scholarly perspectives, comparing them with the views of journalists, journalism critics, and the public.
16:194:670,671,672,673,674 Topics in Communication Processes I,II,III,IV,V (3,3,3,3,3)
16:194:675,676,677,678,679 Topics in Library and Information Science I,II,III,IV,V (3,3,3,3,3)
16:194:680,681,682,683,684 Topics in Media Studies I,II,III,IV,V (3,3,3,3,3)
16:194:695 Teaching Apprenticeship (0)
A noncredit teaching apprenticeship designed to provide doctoral candidates with classroom experience. The apprentice will work with a participating SC&I member of the graduate faculty to develop a plan for the apprentice's work.
16:194:696,697 Special Topics (3,3)
Section 01 - Communication
Section 02 - Library and Information Science
Section 03 - Media Studies
16:194:698,699 Independent Study (3,3) As a general rule, students only take independent study credits when no course offerings matching their needs are available. In no case should a student have more than one independent study as an elective counting toward their minimal doctoral degree requirements (unless director and area coordinator approve such a request). Students may take additional independent studies as long as they are not used to fulfill minimal program credit requirements. In other words, only one independent study will count toward degree credits.
16:194:701,702 Dissertation Research (BA, 1-12)
16:194:800 Matriculation Continued (0)
16:194:811 Graduate Fellowship (0)
16:194:866 Graduate Assistantship (6) (Assistantship credits for funded graduate and teaching assistants do NOT count toward degree requirements in the Ph.D. program.)
16:194:877 Teaching Assistantship (6) (Assistantship credits for funded graduate and teaching assistants do NOT count toward degree requirements in the Ph.D. program.)
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