SPCM 420 - Political Communication

  • 3 credits
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This course engages citizenship by exposing ourselves to the rhetoric of political campaigns and practicing the skills required to sustain democracy: participation, open-minded consideration, critical reflection, and the formation and justification of political judgment. We examine the rhetoric of political campaigns, critically assessing the communication of candidates and campaigns, as well as the rhetorical nature of political journalism. The course focuses on contemporary U.S. national political discourse; however local and/or historical information is addressed as needed.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Required

  • Everything You Think You Know about Politics . . . And Why You're Wrong., 1st Ed. (2000)
    Kathleen Hall Jamieson
    ISBN: 978-0465036271
  • Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age, 2nd Ed. (2008)
    Thomas A Hollihan
    ISBN: 978-0312478834
  • Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture (2013)
    Sheeler, Kristina Horn and Anderson, Karrin Vasby
    ISBN: 978-1603449830

Instructors

Amanda Wright

Amanda.Wright@colostate.edu

After having completed a B.A. in Speech Communication at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2002, Amanda was excited to move to beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue an M.A. in Communication Studies from Colorado State University. Her Master's Thesis was titled, "The Presentation and Mediation of Winona LaDuke's Political Identity During the 2000 United States' Presidential Campaign," which was chaired by Dr. Karrin Anderson. Amanda has taught full-time as a Special Instructor/Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies since earning her M.A. in May of 2004. She enjoys teaching Evaluating Contemporary Television, Communication and Popular Culture, Political Communication, and Public Speaking classes at CSU and teaches Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking classes part-time at Front Range Community College.

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