COM 452: Crisis Communication
Instructor: Kathleen Fearn-Banks
COM 452 Crisis Communications (5) I&S
Study of the functions of communications professionals during crises. Covers public relations professionals as advocates for organizations and companies in crisis and the news media as advocates of the mass public. Discussion of cases.
COM 495 A: Special Communication Topics – Engaged Community Scholarship
Instructor: N. Gina Aaftaab
Hosted through the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity. Option to receive 10 credits if adding COM 499 (Directed Research). Engaged scholarship is the collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy that supports the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership and reciprocity. This course bridges research and practice by bringing together students and a community in the Rainier Valley area of South Seattle to engage in various equity issues. The course is designed to examine the interconnectedness of power, privilege, and difference through academic-community partnerships and applied research. The class will address both the practical aspects of qualitative, community-engaged research methods as well as critiques of academic research when they engage marginalized communities. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of how knowledge production and research are part of larger institutional and cultural inequalities, and how they can combat these inequalities through alternative forms of knowledge production.
Students who join the course have the opportunity to earn 10 credits and receive $1,000 stipends towards tuition as CCDE Undergraduate Fellows (if enrolled in the full 10 credits). The class will meet at UW Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-12:50 and at various locations in South Seattle from 2:30-4:50 also on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students also have the option to just opt into the regular course without the service learning.