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Global Communication and
Peace Studies

Courses Offered

Comm 231. Communication and Conflict

This course addresses the theory and practice of conflict resolution from a communication perspective. Students examine, in the first half of the course, symbolic patterns of destructive conflict behavior, including the role and function of words and images in constructing enemies and dehumanizing others. Role-play, discussion, and lecture are utilized in the second half of the course to introduce students to the theory, practice and vocation of mediation, a facilitative non-adversarial conflict resolution process. Students learn how to use communication to maintain mediator neutrality, frame issues, generate problemsolving options, and write agreements.

Comm 371. Intercultural Communication: Communicating Across Differences

This course addresses the social construction of inequality, specifically focusing on how communication processes are the means by which race, class, nationality, culture and ethnicity are created, and are also the means by which individuals can resist personal participation in perpetuating systems of inequality. Through encountering multicultural experiences, interviewing people in different social positions, and engaging in exercises and simulations, we will learn to broaden our self-identities and our understanding of others by learning about the experiences, feelings, and views of people in social situations different from our own.

Comm 470. Cultural Communication Theory

This course looks at culture and everyday life. Although it has roots in older disciplines such as history, sociology, political science, and linguistics, “cultural studies” is a dynamic and young field that examines how power and ideologies shape people’s everyday lives. Drawing on the theories in our readings, our class looks at how culture is constructed and reproduced through (1) larger economic, political, and ideological structures (the nation, identity, gender, social class, language, race, and ethnicity) that influence (2) people's everyday signifying practices that include (among many others) shopping, food, fashion, and use of mediated texts such as television, films, magazines, the Internet, and music.
Prerequisites: Comm 101, Comm 160, Comm 260, Comm 280