M&C Courses

MMC 9001 Communication Theory I
Introduction to the field through a review of theoretical frameworks that have served as foundations for and shaped the study of mass communication. Required course for MM&C students in their first semester.

MMC 9002 Researching Communication I
Introduction to the processes of communication research, common quantitative research methodologies, and concepts of statistical literacy. Required course for MM&C students in their first semester.

MMC 9003 Doctoral Colloquium
Introduction to doctoral study, the field of communication, and the MM&C program. Fall semester: Current problems and opportunities in the field, discussions and presentations of current research, and presentations by senior scholars and students. Spring semester: writing workshop. Required of MM&C students in fall of their first year.

MMC 8985 (formerly 9004) Teaching Communication
A practical course in pedagogical methods, i.e., how to teach communication. Students learn to plan course objectives, design syllabi, develop classroom techniques, establish assessment methods, and acquire polish as instructors. Required course for all MM&C students.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9101 Communication Theory II
Survey of the principal social sciences and humanities approaches that have led to the emergence of mass communication as a field in the modern academy. Includes review of the history of the study of the modern media as well as the perspectives guiding behavioral and social effects studies related to mass communication. Required course for MM&C students in their second semester.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002

MMC 9102 Researching Communication II
Introduction to qualitative research approaches applicable to the study of mass communication. Includes consideration of philosophical and conceptual approaches, epistemological and ethical concerns, and practical methodologies and tools. Required course for MM&C students in their second semester.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002

MMC 9503 Advanced Quantitative Methods
Study of parametric and non-parametric statistics and electronic data processing in the context of mass communication research problems, with an emphasis on multivariate analyses.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002

MMC 9505 Psychological Processing of Media
Research and theory concerning the contemporary psychological significance of media. Topics include attention, memory, comprehension, emotional response, arousal, picture perception, unconscious processing, and person perception as they relate to traditional (radio, TV, print, film) and emerging (virtual reality, teleconferencing) media.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9525 Communication Institutions
Examination of the structure and function of the media in today’s global society, including consideration of patterns of corporate ownership and control, political economy of media, democratic theory, globalization, governmental regulation of media, new technologies, and the nature of various media industries.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9605 Visual Communication
Critical examination of the ways photographs inform our everyday lives, focusing on photography’s relationship with ‘truth’ and ‘reality’? Consideration of the uses of photographs for informative, interpretive and persuasive communication.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9612 Critical Analysis of Mass Media
Examination and application of sociological, anthropological, literary studies, historical and cultural studies approaches to the analysis of media. The course surveys the major theoretical perspectives and explores content themes that have shaped contemporary media.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9625 Communication Abroad
Participation in one of Temple University’s study abroad programs, including Temple/London, Temple/Japan, etc.

MMC 9647 Political Communications
Introduction to how communication scholars study politics and the media. The course considers prevalent political communication theories and trends, the relationship between political institutions and the press in the US and in other countries, elections, debates, political campaigning and advertising, new media and politics, political socialization, education, politics and popular culture.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9700 Advanced Topics in MM&C
Consideration of advanced and timely topics in Mass Media & Communication.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9735 Information Society
Examination of theories and research related to what is commonly referred to as the Information Society and exploration of the economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions of new media technologies.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9744 Public Information Campaigns
Exploration of techniques and issues used in information campaigns regarding health, energy conservation, environmental protection, and other topics, and the effects of campaigns on public knowledge and behavior. Students conduct an actual campaign on campus.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9748 Media and Social Memory
Examination of the role of mass media in the creation and revision of collective (or social) memory and the role of collective memory in the creation and revision of mass media.
Prerequisites: MMC 9001, 9002 (may be taken concurrently)

MMC 9882 Directed Projects in Communication
Tutorial course supervised by a specific MM&C faculty member. Obtain required form from SMC Graduate Office (344 Annenberg Hall).

MMC 9883 Directed Readings in Communication
Tutorial course supervised by a specific MM&C faculty member. Obtain required form from SMC Graduate Office (344 Annenberg Hall).

MMC 9946 Theory and Research Seminar (STARSS)
Students attend the SMC Theory and Research Seminar Series (STARSS) and write a short paper. May be repeated for credit.

MMC 9994 Preliminary Examination Preparation
Students prepare to take preliminary examinations.

MMC 9998 Pre-dissertation Research
Students write their dissertation proposal.

MMC 9999 Dissertation Research
Open only to Ph.D. candidates in MM&C. Students may register only after a dissertation proposal is officially approved. At least one credit must be taken each semester until the dissertation is successfully defended.

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