Communication and Culture | Introduction to Communication and Culture
C205 | ALL | Terrill, R.
Required for all majors in the Department of Communication and
Fulfills College A&H Requirement
Course Director: Robert Terrill
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 223
Communication does much more than transfer information between
people; it is not a neutral or 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 that culture affects communication.
As an introductory course, C205 offers 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 faculty in the
department of Communication & Culture. 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. Our goal is to
synthesize from these readings a coherent intellectual attitude.
Coursework will include several short quizzes, two midterms, and a