Communication and Culture | Introduction to Communication & Culture
C205 | 2962-2965 | Professor Robert Terrill
(Fulfills the COAS A&H Distribution Requirement)
Required for all Majors in the Department of Communication & Culture.
Course Director: Professor Robert Terrill
Office: Mottier 204
Office Hours: W 9:30A-12:00P
Communication does much more than transfer information between
people; it is not a neutral, transparent “container” for data and
ideas. Communication does not merely “transmit” the beliefs,
attitudes, behaviors, and identities that define human culture — it
actively shapes and defines them. This course critically examines
the productive and dialectical relationship between communication
and culture, exploring some of the ways that communication crafts
culture and the ways that culture affects communication.
As an introductory course, C205 provides a broad overview of the
conceptual vocabularies and critical strategies that scholars use to
study communication. The goal here is to provide students with the
ability to recognize and discuss these various perspectives, and
thus begin to develop the tools needed to become an intelligent
observer of human communication as well as an effective participant
in contemporary culture.
This course also is an introduction to the unique perspective
provided by the combined interests and talents of the Communication
& Culture faculty. Toward this end, we will read essays written by
scholars whose interests represent those that characterize our
faculty — including Rhetoric & Public Culture, Ethnography &
Performance, and Film & Media — within an overall effort to
synthesize a productive intellectual viewpoint.
Coursework will include several short quizzes, two midterms, and a