Published: March 8, 2016

Summer Session is a way for CU students to earn credit towards their degrees and explore unique learning opportunities.

This summer, CMCI will be offering four classes in Summer Session. To enroll in one of the classes, visit the Summer Session website. For details on the classes, see below:


COMM 4220: Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication: Deliberation and Dialogue
Maymester: May 9-26, 2016
Instructor: Benjamin J. Broome, Jeanne Lind Herberger Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
3 semester hours

This course focuses on facilitating intercultural dialogue with groups facing complex issues. The emphasis is on principles and methods for building consensus and promoting collaboration in settings that involve multiple stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds and viewpoints. Case studies are employed to focus on protracted conflicts, but include other settings that are appropriate to class members’ interests. Various approaches to group facilitation are introduced, with a special emphasis on the structured dialogue process of “Interactive Management” (IM). Students gain experience as participants in facilitated laboratory sessions in which they explore issues related to facilitation and analyze their communication and group processes. Students in the laboratory sessions, simultaneously, learn about intercultural/intergroup dialogue and experience various methods for generating and structuring ideas.

COMM 4000: Advanced Topics in Communication: Community Dialogue
3 semester hours


JRNL 4872: Special Topics: Coding for Communicators
Maymester: May 9-26, 2016
Instructor: Cindy Royal, Associate Professor, Texas State University
3 semester hours

Computer programming has emerged as a relevant form of storytelling. Data-driven interactive web and mobile projects allow users to interact with and customize story presentations, using tools like charts, quizzes, calculators, and maps. In this course, students will be introduced to programming and data concepts relevant to communicators. They will explore current projects that demonstrate interactive characteristics and become familiar with the major organizations responsible for developing them. Students will work with Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) and JavaScript in creating web experiences. They will learn to work with the Python language for accessing data via application programming interfaces (APIs). Data visualization techniques will be introduced using programming-based packages like Chart.js and the Google Maps API. This immersive session will culminate with assembling these skills into a comprehensive, interactive story.

JRNL 4872: Special Topics: History of Television News
Augmester: August 1-18, 2016
Instructor: Jonathan Ebinger, Independent television news producer and media educator
3 semester hours

This class serves a dual purpose. It uses the last half of the last century, through today, to present history to students studying media and communication. And it uses our primary visual media, television news, as the lens through which we examine both the coverage of news and the delivery of information. Starting before the advent of television, with the cinematic newsreel, we explore the scope and bias inherent in that medium, before moving into the rough and early days of television news. We see a time when “native ads” were accepted practice, when news was often dictation determined by select elites. Over the decades, as coverage expanded, and stories of tragedy, civic unrest, human rights, and exploration filled our screens, we follow the advances in society, and the images that helped to bring about change. Together with our selected readings, our viewings and discussions will provide students with a foundation for this era, as well as the singular stories that have helped to define not only television, but society, for our age. With their final class paper, students should be able to document not only how news content, news coverage, news delivery, and news consumption has changed from the early days of television, but they should be able to consider whether we are better off today, with access to more information, and more news channels, and more means for delivery, than at any time over the past 75 years.