Nov 19, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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COMS 3600 - Introduction to Communication in Public Advocacy

Introduces students to the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological influences integral to legal and political communication research. Aid in the development of students’ understanding of those sources through readings, class discussions, writing assignments, examinations, and presentations. To provide a theoretical and technical vocabulary of legal and political communication research that will establish a foundation for successful advancement in the major. Writing is integrated into this course in several ways. First, students will write regularly throughout the term. Course Assignments will require that students engage with the content of the course and recognize their own positions and those of others on controversial issues, while simultaneously attending to principles of writing. Second, we will devote class time to learning about substantive writing through lectures, discussions, and in-class activities. Writing assignment topics will include personal position statements, argument analysis, and argument development. Writing instruction will focus on idea generation, essay organization, use of divers sources for support (including source citations), and ownership. Third, students will write a maximum of 15 pages of text, including three/four 2-3 page response essays and one 5-6 page research paper. Fourth, each assignment will require students to revise and resubmit their work, using peer assessment and/or instructor assessment practices, depending on the nature of the assignment.

Requisites: (C or better in COMS 2350) and (ENG 1510 or 151A) and Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 1JE
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Define and explain basic communication terms and principles related to legal communication research and practice.
  • Define and explain basic communication terms and principles related to political communication research and practice.
  • Become familiar with and apply principles of public deliberation.
  • Apply principles of public deliberation when critically evaluating activities of public advocacy.
  • Enhance the previous outcomes with improved written skills.

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