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COMM 2700. Voice and Civility in Public Discourse. 3 Hours.

Required of all Communication majors. Being two-part in purpose, this course first surveys theoretical frameworks for examining public discourse through lenses that identify the mass communication appeals used in democratic societies and capitalistic markets. Second, with the purpose of students developing their own civil voice as citizen-consumers through adopting a critical eye on public discourse, the course also utilizes a case study approach to understanding the rhetorical appeals in free speech, social movements, mass media, the news industry, advertising, art, entertainment, and popular culture. FA, SP.