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COMM 2400: Discourse, Culture, and Identities; Section 581

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT:

Danielle Hodge

Email: Danielle.Hodge@Colorado.EDU    

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Through our communication, we display who we are, and people talk to us based on what is believed to be true for a person of a particular category. This course examines how aspects of talk (e.g. turn-taking, speech acts, narratives, dialect, and more) link with identities (e.g. ethnic and racial, age, gender, work-related, and personal). This class will develop your skills in analyzing communication—increasing your ability to notice, name, and explain what goes on as people talk to and about each other. Based on these skills, we will develop a deeper understanding of how communication can go awry and why, more often than we would like, communicative exchanges can involve tension or conflict. Finally, we will explore controversial issues that involve how language, talk, or interactive practices do or should link to diverse identities, and you will be encouraged to develop informed and thoughtful positions about how to navigate these controversies.

Course Objectives:

Throughout this course you will learn to:

  1. Develop your skills in analyzing communication–to increase your ability to notice, name, and explain what goes on as people talk to and about each other.
  2. Foster a deeper understanding of how communication can go awry and why, more often than we would like, communicative exchanges can involve tension or conflict.
  3. Develop skills to engage in, be reflective about, and accountable for the ways in which you participate in inter and intra- cultural dialogue.
  4. Explain how identity is constructed and challenged in communication.
  5. Explain why a particular situation is a communication dilemma and offer a rationale for how you would navigate it.
  6. Develop informed and thoughtful positions about issues that involve how language, talk, or interactive practices do or should link to different categories of people.

REQUIRED TEXT: 

Tracy, K. & Robles, J. (2013). Everyday talk: Building and reflecting identities (2nd ed). New York: Guilford Press.

GRADING:

Discussion Posts 195 Points
Reading Quizzes 110 Points
3 Assignments (15 each) 45 Points
Midterm Essay 50 Points
Final Exam 100 Points