Comm 498-001 and Comm 498-002 - Seminar (Communication and Urban Life)
Syllabus Comm 498-001 - Fall
Syllabus Comm 498-002 - Fall '17
Reading Citations (these readings will be linked below on this website
under the week they
note that the below readings are available to you via the links
provided on this webpage in our daily schedule. If articles are accessed via Boise State library databases, these
links will NOT work if you are not directly connected to the Boise
State University network. You MUST login to the library system BEFORE
the links will take you directly to the pdf version of the reading.**
Andy & Ian Rogers (2014). Street Music, Technology, and the Urban
Soundscape. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 28(4):
Borden, Iain (2004). ‘A Performative Critique of the City: The Urban
Practice of Skateboarding, 1958-98’ Everything (2003) [Excerpt] in
Malcom Miles and Tim Hall, with Iain Borden (Editors), The City
Cultures Reader, 2nd edition (pp. 291-297). New York: Routledge.
Cheney, George, Morgan Wilhelmsson, & Theodore E. Zorn, Jr. (2002).
10 Strategies for Engaged Scholarship. Management Communication
Quarterly: MCQ 16(1), 92-100.
Davis, Dylan (2011). Intergenerational Digital Storytelling: A
Sustainable Community Initiative with Inner-city Residents. Visual
Communication 10(4): 527-540.
Dempsey, Sarah, Mohan Dutta, Lawrence R. Frey, H.L. Goodall, D. Soyini
Madison, Jennifer Mercieca, Thomas Nakayama, with Katherine Miller
(2011). What is the Role of the Communication Discipline in Social
Justice, Community Engagement, and Public Scholarship? A Visit to the
CM Café. Communication Monographs 78(2), 256-271. [Excerpt = pp.
Drzewiecka, Jolanta A. & Thomas K. Nakayama (1998). City Sites:
Postmodern Urban Space and the Communication of Identity. Southern
Communication Journal 64(1): 20-31.
Ellis, Carolyn (1998). What Counts as Scholarship in Communication? An
Autoethnographic Response. American Communication Journal: ACJ 1(2).
Frey, Lawrence R. (2009). What a Difference More Difference-Making
Communication Scholarship Might Make: Making a Difference From and
Through Communication Research. Journal of Applied Communication
Research 37(2), 205-214.
Gorsevski, Ellen W., Raymond I. Schuck, & Canchu Lin (2012). The
Rhetorical Plasticity of the Dead in Museum Displays: A Biocritique of
Missing Intercultural Awareness, Western Journal of Communication
Gumpert, Gary and Susan J. Drucker (2012). The Place of the Other. ETC: A Review of General Semantics 69(2), 106-114.
Gumpert, Gary and Susan J. Drucker (2008). Communicative Cities. The International Communication Gazette 70(3-4): 195-208.
Hess, Aaron and Art Herbig (2013). Recalling the Ghosts of 9/11:
Convergent Memorializing at the Opening of the National 9/11 Memorial.
International Journal of Communication 7, 2207-2230.
Jacobs, Jane (1992/1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Vintage Books.
[Excerpt = Chapter 19: Visual Order: Its Limitations and Possibilities, pp. 372-391]
Lemke, Jeslyn (2016). From the Alleys to City Hall: An Examination of
Participatory Communication and Empowerment among Homeless Activists in
Oregon. Journal of Communication Inquiry 40(3): 267-286.
Lindenfeld, Laura A., Damon M. Hall, Bridie McGreavy, Linda Silka &
David Hart (2012). Creating a Place for Environmental Communication
Research in Sustainability Science. Environmental Communication 6(1):
Mancino, Susan (2015). A Communicative Review of Museums. Review of Communication 25(3), 258-273.
Massey, Doreen (2004). ‘Space, Place, and Gender’ from Space, Place,
and Gender (1994) [Excerpt] in Malcom Miles and Tim Hall, with Iain
Borden (Editors), The City Cultures Reader, 2nd edition (pp. 307-310).
New York: Routledge.
mcclellan, erin daina (2008). Place, Space, and Language: Vernacular
Performances in and about a ‘Successful’ Urban Public Square.
Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (Special Issue on
Miles, Malcolm (2006/1997). Art, Space, and the City: Public Art and
Urban Futures. New York: Routledge. [Excerpt = Chapter 2: Space,
Representation and Gender, pp. 39-57]
Miles, Malcolm, Tim Hall, with Iain Borden (2004). Introduction to Part
2 in Malcom Miles and Tim Hall, with Iain Borden (Editors), The City
Cultures Reader, 2nd edition (pp. 51-57). New York: Routledge.
Mumford, Lewis (2004). ‘What is a City?’ Architectural Record (1937)
[Excerpt] in Malcom Miles and Tim Hall, with Iain Borden (Editors), The
City Cultures Reader, 2nd edition (pp. 28-32). New York: Routledge.
Padhy, Mahendra Kumar (2015). Poverty Alleviation, Food Security, and
Environmental Sustainability: The Contribution of Participatory
Development Communication. Journal of Development Communication 26(2):
Sussman, Gerald (2016). Nineteenth Century Telegraphy: Wiring the Emerging Urban Corporate Economy. Media History 22(1): 40-66.
Tracy, Sarah J. (2002). Altered Practice-Altered Stories-Altered Lives:
Three Considerations for Translating Organizational Communication
Scholarship Into Practice. Management Communication Quarterly: MCQ
Zukin, Sharon (1995). The Cultures of Cities. Malden, MA: Blackwell
Publishing. [Excerpt = Chapter 1: Whose Culture? Whose City?, pp. 1-48]
You are responsible for printing out
or downloading the pdf version on a device large enough to easily access it (i.e., NOT your phone) to have it available in
day we discuss them.
All Readings will be linked in the daily schedule below. All
readings are to be completed BEFORE each class period under
are listed on the weekly calendar below. Be sure to bring the text and
readings to class on the day they are discussed.
- Week 1:
- Wed. 8/23/17 - Discuss syllabus and expectations; Discuss purpose of Seminar and FF course
- HW: Consider what [should] "count" as communication scholarship
- Fri. 8/25/17 - Discuss communication research/scholarship "matters"
- HW: Continue considering what [should] "count" as communication scholarship
- Week 2:
- Wed. 8/30/17 - Continue discussing communication research/scholarship "matters"
- HW: Continue considering what [should] "count" as communication scholarship
- Fri. 9/1/17 - Continue discussing communication research/scholarship "matters"
- HW: Begin thinking about what constitutes urban communication and why we would want to research it
- Read Jacobs (1992/1961) [posted on BB in Course Readings] for Wednesday 9/6
- Week 3:
- Wed. 9/6/17 - Begin discussion about connections between communication scholarship and urban life
- HW: Read Mumford (2004) [posted on BB in Course Readings] for Friday 9/8
- HW: Read Gumpert & Drucker (2008) for Friday 9/9
- Fri. 9/8/17 - Continue disussion about connections between communication and urban life
- HW: Bring in a typed page with the following information to class on Wednesday 9/13
- What are your three most influential COMM courses that you have taken?
- What is one "takeaway" that sticks with you from each of those classes?
- What might your collective "takeaways" reveal about your interest(s) in communication?
- How might your collective "takeaways" connect to our discussions about communication and urban life?
- Week 4:
- Wed. 9/13/17 - In-class Reflection-Connection Activity
- HW: Reflection-Connection Paper - handed out in class
- Fri. 9/15/17 - NO IN-CLASS MEETING - Work on Reflection-Connection Paper
- HW: Finish Reflection-Connection Paper due at the beginning of class on Wed. 9/20
- HW: Read Zukin (1995) [Excerpt posted on BB in Course Readings] for Wed. 9/20
- Week 5:
9/20/17 - Reflection-Connection Paper due at the *beginning* of class;
Discuss the role of culture in studying urban communication
- HW: Read M, M, & B: Intro to Part 2 (2004) [posted on BB under Course Docs - Readings] for Fri 9/22
- HW: Read Read Hess & Herbig (2013) for Fri. 9/22
- Fri. 9/22/17 - Discuss relationship between urban communicaiton and performance; Go over assignments leading up to
Final Research Project (Assignment Sheet handed out in class)
- HW: Read Borden (2004) [posted on BB under Course Docs - Readings] for Wed. 9/27
- HW: Read Bennett & Rogers (2014) for Wed. 9/27
- HW: Begin work on Annotated Biliography & Research Inquiry Assignment
- Week 6:
- Wed. 9/27/17 - Discuss connections between the economy and
urban communication scholarship; Q&A about Annotated Bibliography
& Research Inquiry Assignment (due Fri 9/29)
- HW: Read mcclellan (2008) for Fri. 9/29 [optional]
- HW: Bring questions about Mini-Assignment #1
- Fri. 9/29/17 - In-class work to prep for Annotated Bibliography & Research
Inquiry Assignment; Sign-up for one-on-one meetings on Wed. 10/4
- HW: Work on Mini-Assignment #1
- Week 7:
- Wed. 10/4/17 - One-on-one meetings (sign-up in class Fri. 9/29)
- HW: Finish Mini-Assigment #1: Annotated Bibliography &
Research Inquiry Assignment (due via email attachment on Fri. 10/6 *no
later* than end of class)
- Fri. 10/6/17 - NO IN-CLASS MEETING - Turn
in Mini-Assignment #1: Annotated Bibliography & Research Inquiry
Assignment via email *no later* than end of regular class meeting time.
- HW: Read Massey (2004) [posted on BB under Course Docs - Readings] for Wed. 10/11
- (8/1/17): If you have trouble downloading any
reading via Boise State databases or Blackboard, please see me
to the class we are discussing them, and I
will be happy to help. Most other files that are posted should
not have this problem. That being said, technology is tricky, so ensure
minimal access problems by downloading your readings ahead of time.
- ABOUT LINKS ON THIS PAGE: Many links access readings hosted on
Boise State library databases. These links require you to
log-in to the library database first before you can access the
readings. Let me know if you need me to walk you through this early in
the semester, and I am happy to do so. Also, feel free to use the
supplemental readings list at the top of the page (as well as listed on
the course syllabus)
to find all these at once, rather than clicking on them here from week