Civic Communication and Media
CCM 446W Find Your Voice (4)
Find Your Voice is a culminating experience for CCM majors that centers the study of historically significant uses of Civic Communication and Media to better understand how rhetoric is used to address controversies, to constitute communities, and to effect change in public culture. In particular, this course focuses on the theoretical and practical study of voice—a concept that has intrigued scholars across the field of Rhetorical Studies for millennia. Collectively, students consider voice in the sense of awareness, empowerment, amplification, ally-ship, relationship-building, advocacy, and truth-telling, and investigate the tensions between voice and violence, oppression, communicative pathologies, and the silencing of perspectives. Students will complete an individual project of their own design, which will culminate in the composition of a scholarly essay that offers original contributions to the field of Communication.