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  • *** Fall 2017 semester starts September 04, 2017 and ends December 21, 2017
MBR SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION COURSES LISTING
COMM 101 | INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL MEDIA (3-0-3)
Corequisite: ENGL 101 | F, S
The course provides an overview of the history of mass communication and the events responsible for the globalization of mass media. It offers an introduction to the theories and practices of globalized media, with particular emphasis on the rise of digital media.
 
COMM 103 | MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 101, Corequisite: ENGL 102 or MEST 302 | F, S
This course offers more in-depth examination of topics addressed in COMM 101, Introduction to Global Media. It adopts a critical approach while examining the relationship between the media and the larger society, encompassing related cultural and political issues. It provides knowledge and understanding of the dominant theories and current research in media effects.
 
COMM 104 | INTRODUCTION TO NON FICTION TV FORMATS (1-2-2)
Corequisite: ENGL 101 | S
The course will examine the major formats and non-fiction TV shows that have been successful internationally and on Arab TV channels in the last ten years. It will cover all the basic genres of non-scripted TV including reality, game and talent shows.
COMM 105 | DRAMA AND NON FICTION TV FORMATS ANALYSIS (1-2-2)
Corequisite: ENGL 101 | F
The students will learn about the elements of TV drama including story development, character analysis, production values, and stylistic choices. They will analyze as well the major non-fiction TV shows including reality, game and talent shows.
COMM 106 | THE LANGUAGE OF FILM (2-2-3)
Corequisite: ENGL 102 | F, S
The course will cover all the basic elements of film including cinematography, mise en scène, montage, sound, drama, and narrative structure. Through the lectures, assigned readings and film screenings, students will sharpen their observational skills and develop a better understanding of the art of the film.
COMM 201 | MEDIA ECONOMICS AND RESEARCH (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ENGL 102, MATH 101/ 200 | F
Students will gain a basic understanding of media economics, including for profit media owned by private companies/individuals and nonprofit government owned or subsidized media. They will learn the basic research methods and statistical tools used to measure readers/viewers. Students will also learn how to assess the influences of the economic model on decision-making for news, entertainment and other media industries.
 
COMM 202 | ETHICAL AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE MASS MEDIA (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 103 | S
Using a case study approach, this course provides students with an understanding of the traditions of media-related law that might be used as paradigms in countries with evolving media systems. It explores the ethical duties that accompany journalism, entertainment, advertising, and public relations.
 
COMM 221 | MEDIA WRITING SKILLS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 | F
This course introduces the basics of writing techniques for print, broadcast, and online media. The print section will focus on sharpening students’ writing, reporting, news judgment and critical thinking. The broadcast and online sections will focus on writing in a clear, concise and conversational style for television, radio and film, and the evolving principles of writing, editing and presentation for the Web. The course also covers journalistic ethics and professional standards related to writing.
 
COMM 222 | MULTIPLATFORM STORYTELLING (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 221, COMM 243 | S
Different media require different storytelling skills. Continuing the themes of COMM 221, this course provides training in writing for multiple media platforms, ranging from ink on paper to multimedia venues. The course also emphasizes new media technologies.
 
COMM 223 | SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS ( 2-2-3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 | F
This course allows students to explore the fundamental elements of screenwriting through writing exercises, writing short scripts, and discussing students’ work and the work of fellow screenwriters. In the process, students begin to find their own voices as writers and discover what stories they want to tell.
 
COMM 230 | EDITING & SOUND (2-2-3)
Prerequisites: COMM 106, Corequisite: COMM 223| F
The course gives a comprehensive introduction into the aesthetics of non-linear motion picture editing and sound design through hands-on application of recording and editing rules, techniques and practices. Students will learn how timing, pacing, sound, and other dramatic aesthetics affect viewer’s perceptions and the success of the sequence.
 
COMM 232 | CINEMATOGRAPHY (2-2-3)
Prerequisites: COMM 230 | S
The course aims to develop a discerning eye for the qualities of the moving image and the skillset required to create moving images that express the intent of the storyteller. It reinforces a fundamental understanding of composition as a storytelling act, rather than simply an aesthetic choice. It then combines that with lighting to build character and create mood.
 
COMM 241 | INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: COMM 223, COMM 230 | S
This course introduces the most important aspect of narrative filmmaking – the roles of the actor and the director in forming the story through developing an understanding of character. Students will explore the use of blocking, subtext, story refinement and acting/performance. Students will also gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each crew position on a large scale production by working as crew members on advanced projects.
 
COMM 243 | INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION FOR JOURNALISM (2-2-3)
Prerequisites: COMM 104 | F
The course allows the students to have their initial experience with production and post-production equipment by teaching them the fundamentals of camera composition and lighting as a storytelling act and giving them a comprehensive introduction into the aesthetics of non-linear motion picture editing and sound design. Through hands-on application of cinematography, sound recording and video editing techniques, students will learn how timing, pacing, sound, and other dramatics aesthetics affect viewers’ perceptions and the success of the sequence.
 
DPST 209 | SELECTED TOPICS IN DIGITAL PRODUCTION AND STORYTELLING (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: approval of the Dean | Upon demand
The course aims at presenting various topics in Digital Production and Storytelling that are of interest to the students and the instructor. The course intends to widen and deepen the students’ understanding of various issues related to the broadcast industry.
 
DPST 302 | MEDIA AND PUBLIC SERVICE (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: COMM 241 or COMM 222 | S
This course explores the role of media in promoting health, education, public safety, and issues of public concern. A case study approach will involve students in research and planning media campaigns in these fields.
 
DPST 323 | SCREENWRITING & PRODUCING FOR TV & THE WEB (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 241 and COMM 232 | F
Students will create and develop the “show bible” of a web series (short). They will write as well a pilot episode for their web series and will individually choose one scene to direct in class. In groups, students will participate in the pre-production of the pilot, which they will film in the course that follows DPST 340, Producing and Directing the Scene.
 
DPST 340 | PRODUCING & DIRECTING THE SCENE (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: DPST 323 | S
This course will give students a more advanced practical experience in production to develop their storytelling skills. Students will have to pitch an existing fiction script, or a free form video production idea. They will produce three to four projects by working in small groups with rotating crew positions. Students will participate in producing, directing actors, shooting, sound recording and editing.
 
DPST 361 | ONLINE COMMUNITIES (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 103, COMM 103 | F
This course examines the establishment, workings, and effects of online communities. It explores the development of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 along with virtual communities. The students will scrutinize such online tools as blogs, social networks, business networking, virtual worlds, and other online communities.
 
DPST 422 | CAPSTONE STORYTELLING (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: DPST 340 | F
The purpose of this course is to expand students’ development in the narrative conventions of advanced screenwriting including theme, plot, structure and characters. The course, will expose the students to the language of cinematic screenwriting and three-act screenplay structure for the short film made for television, which they can employ in other audiovisual media platforms. .
 
DPST 441/JOUR 441 | THE DOCUMENTARY (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: DPST 340 (for DPST students), JOUR 322 (for JOUR students) | F
This course provides an overview of the history, theory, and genres of documentary films. Students learn to analyze and critique a variety of historical and contemporary documentaries, while developing and producing short documentaries through team work.
 
DPST 444 | CAPSTONE PRODUCTION (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: DPST 422 | S
The short fiction scripts that had been written in DPST 422 are produced in this course. In groups, students will put their cumulative experience in preproduction, production, and post-production to produce a well-crafted short film at an advanced level.
 
DPST 461 | INTERNSHIP (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Senior Status
A carefully supervised internship with a media organization approved by the faculty supervisor. Students are required to submit a detailed ongoing journal and a final report as defined by the faculty supervisor.
 
JOUR 209 | SELECTED TOPICS IN JOURNALISM (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: Approval of the department head | Upon demand
This course aims at presenting various topics in Journalism that are of interest to the students and the instructor. The course intends to widen and deepen the students’ understanding of various issues related to nontraditional means of reporting.
 
JOUR 301 | VISUALIZING NEWS (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 222 | F
This course introduces students to basic design elements used to make a news story visually effective. Imagery such as still photography, television video, and video designed specifically for the web will also be explored. The course will follow a typical production workflow, including layout and design, the use of typography and color, preparing images and graphic elements for print, the web, and other media platforms.
 
JOUR 302 | NEWSROOM MANAGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 222 | S
This course requires students to examine decision-making in the newsroom, explore illustrative case studies and develop their own assessments of what constitutes a good decision and how to make one. More often than not, there are no absolutely right answers, but the goal is making a better decision through thoughtful discussions of the type that take place daily in professional newsrooms.
 
JOUR 321 | REPORTING (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: COMM 222 | F
This course is an introduction to the practice and craft of gathering and writing information for news media. Students will develop sound news judgment and writing skills that will enable them to produce and edit content across multiple platforms. As much as possible, the course will be responsive to actual news, both local and international.
 
JOUR 322 | ADVANCED REPORTING (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: JOUR 321 | S
This course covers advanced concepts of news gathering, interviewing and writing. Each student will choose a topic to cover, and develop a news story and long-form writing project on that topic. In addition, students will produce a video or print story on a separate, local topic.
 
JOUR 323 | EDITORIAL AND CRITICAL WRITING (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: COMM 222, ENGL 103 | Upon demand
This course provides students with an intensive evaluation of their opinion writing, including editorials, op-ed columns, arts and entertainment criticism, and opinion pieces related to sports, business, politics, and other realms of journalistic writing.
 
JOUR 324 | BROADCAST JOURNALISM (2-2-3)
Corequisite: JOUR 321 | F
This class prepares students to become broadcast journalists. The course teaches students to produce reports and packages specifically destined for broadcast on TV, radio or online.
 
JOUR 401 | CURRENT ISSUES IN JOURNALISM (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Senior Status | Upon demand
Examines a range of topics not covered or covered only briefly in other courses. These may include coverage of business, environmental issues, sports, conflict, and other matters with which graduating students should have some familiarity.
 
JOUR 402 | CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES IN JOURNALISM (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Senior Status | Upon demand
A seminar course in which students analyze and discuss in a sophisticated way critical issues in the news business, ranging from media economics to the impact of news coverage on societal institutions. This course provides students the opportunity to design and carry out an independent venture, such as an extensive research paper, or another extended journalism project under faculty supervision.
 
JOUR 441/DPST 441 | THE DOCUMENTARY (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: DPST 340 (for DPST students) or JOUR 322 (for JOUR students) | F
This course provides an overview of the history, theory, and genres of documentary films. Students learn to analyze and critique a variety of historical and contemporary documentaries, while developing and producing short documentaries through team work.
 
JOUR 461 | MEDIA AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLEEAST (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 103, COMM 103, and Junior Status | F
This course examines the role of the international media in the politics of the Middle East. The course surveys how the international media chooses to cover local conflicts. It addresses questions concerning the interplay between national interests and objectivity in news coverage, and the role of media in shaping the course of events and judging their outcomes in the region.
 
JOUR 462 | CAPSTONE PROJECT (2-2-3)
Prerequisite: JOUR 322 | S
This course provides individual or small groups of students working with a faculty advisor the opportunity to design and carry out an independent venture, such as an extensive research paper, an online magazine article, or other complex journalism project.
 
JOUR 463 | INTERNSHIP (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Senior Status | S
A carefully supervised internship with a media organization approved by the faculty supervisor. Students are required to submit a detailed ongoing journal and a final report as defined by the faculty supervisor. 
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