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FALL 2019 Schedule
RHCS 100-01 Public Speaking (M/W) 12:00-1:15 PM
RHCS 100-02 Public Speaking (M/W) 1:30-2:45 PM
RHCS 102-01 Interpersonal Communication (T/R) 10:30-11:45 AM
RHCS 102-02 Interpersonal Communication (T/R) 9:00-10:15 AM
RHCS 105-01 Media, Culture and Identity (T/R) 12:00-1:15 PM
RHCS 279-01 Intro to Cultural Studies (M/W) 12:00 -1:15 PM
RHCS 279-02 Intro to Digital Humanities (M/W) 1:30-2:45 PM
RHCS 279-03 Intro to Cultural Studies (M/W) 3:00-4:15 PM
RHCS 302-01 Adv. Theories/Interpersonal Comm (M/W) 10:30-11:45 AM
RHCS 350-01 Rhetoric in a Globalized World (T/R) 3:00-4:15 PM
RHCS 412-01 ST: Interviewing, Listening and Analyzing (T/R) 1:30-2:45 PM
RHCS 412-02 Media Theory (M/W) 9:00–10:15 AM

RHCS 279 will count as a 100-200-level elective toward the major and minor.

Course Descriptions
RHCS 279-01, 03 “Intro to Cultural Studies”- Dr. Towns
This course is designed with the goal of introducing students to the variant of British cultural studies. This is not a class about studying people who are culturally different, but about engaging in what something called “culture” means in a given time and place. What this means for this class is an attempt to constantly understand the present “conjuncture.” In very simplistic terms, a conjuncture is a Gramscian term for the context—the present situation that we all live in, which includes the social, cultural, political, ideological, and economic situations of a particular time period. Cultural studies contends that, by and large, scholarship has disconnected the ideological (Marxism), economic (economics), social (communication studies), political (political science), and cultural (anthropology) as if they were separable spheres. As we will learn throughout this class, the job of cultural studies (and its methodology) is to “articulate” these areas together, to show that they have never been separable.

RHCS 412-01 “Interviewing, Listening and Analyzing”- Dr. Maurantonio
This course will introduce students to interviewing, specifically oral history interviewing, as method and communication practice. Students will gain experience conducting contextual research, crafting and asking questions, developing listening techniques, and producing podcasts, applying theory to their applied work. Through this melding of theory and practice, students will build skills as critically informed producers, conducting oral history interviews that will become part of the Race & Racism Project’s growing oral history collection.

RHCS 412-02 “Media Theory”- Dr. Towns
This course is designed to introduce students to alternative media and communication studies theories that include and exceed questions of representation. What this means is that much of the media and communication studies examines the content of a medium rather than its form and the material implication that medium brings with its introduction. Alternatively, in this class we will question what are the implications of media form on our media content. Another way to say this is we will ask questions about how media are implicated in what it many media theorists have called “man,” i.e., the human. For us, media are not reducible to representations, but reflective of conceptions of humanity. Yet, this is a human that will be constantly up for debate, in ways that media theory has often been silent on. Therefore, we will critically interrogate what this human means in terms of race, gender, class, and sexuality, while also thinking about the relation between said human and media technologies. The course is, thus, broken down into three sections, all dedicated to critical interrogations of man: “Who is man?” “When was man?” And “What is a man”