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Courses in Speech Communication are offered through the Department of Drama and Speech Communication. Many courses emphasize team work and will require meetings outside of class time.

SPCOM 100s


SPCOM 100 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004666
Interpersonal Communication
Focuses on the one-to-one, face-to-face communication in both the personal and professional realms. Such topics as verbal and non-verbal interactions, listening, and the better management of interpersonal communication will be studied.

SPCOM 101 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014532
Theories of Communication
This is an introductory course addressing the major theoretical issues in, approaches to, and applications of communication. Theories from various branches of communication, including interpersonal, group/organizational, rhetorical, mass and cultural, will be explored in-depth. Historical, current, and practical critiques of each theory will be conducted. Coursework is designed to encourage students to give critical consideration to the place of theory within the field of Speech Communication and within everyday life.

SPCOM 102 WSP 0.50Course ID: 004662
Introduction to Performance
This workshop course introduces students to the creative processes of performance in a range of formal and informal settings. Emphasis is placed on the student's development as a performer. Prior performance experience is not required.
Prereq: SPCOM 100/224 or 223
(Cross-listed with DRAMA 102)

SPCOM 111 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013718
Leadership, Communication, and Collaboration
This course focuses on developing the qualities and transferable skills necessary for integration, continuous learning, and professional development. This course establishes a common baseline of leadership, communication, and collaboration capabilities for accounting and financial management majors. Focus will be on the design and delivery of various types of communication and the development of basic teamwork skills.
[Note: Students will be videotaped.]
Prereq: Accounting and Financial Management, Mathematics Chartered Accountancy, or Science Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy students only.
Antireq: ARBUS 204/SPCOM 204

SPCOM 200s


SPCOM 204 LEC,TST 0.50Course ID: 013723
Leadership, Teams, and Communication
This course examines leadership, team dynamics, and communication in organizational contexts. Students will develop communication knowledge and skills to enhance their abilities to be effective in leadership and team roles.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Arts and Business students.
Antireq: SPCOM 111, ARBUS 204

SPCOM 220 WSP 0.50Course ID: 012417
Performance Studies
This workshop course in performance studies explores performance as a way of knowing. It investigates performance as artistic practice and as a means of understanding historical, social and cultural practices, including drama/theatre texts, poetry, narratives and texts of everyday life.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Speech Communication major and minor students only
(Cross-listed with DRAMA 220)

SPCOM 223 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004665
Public Speaking
Theory and practice of public speaking. A workshop course involving design and delivery of various kinds of speeches, and the development of organizational, vocal, listening and critical skills. Students will be videotaped.
[Note: Must attend first class. May be subject to priority enrolment.]

SPCOM 225 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004667
Interviewing
Theory and practice of interviewing. A workshop course which teaches theory, design, and presentation of interviews. Videotaping student exercises will enhance interview design and delivery, as well as listening and critical skills.
Prereq: (For Mathematics students only) one of EMLS 101R, 102R, EMLS/ENGL 129R, ENGL 109, SPCOM 100, SPCOM 223

SPCOM 226 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012411
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
This course introduces the basic theories and practices for communicating among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This class provides an opportunity for discussion of variations within and among cultures and encourages students to examine their cultural heritage.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

SPCOM 227 WSP 0.50Course ID: 010342
Leadership
A workshop course in leadership combining theoretical and experiential perspectives. Students will develop and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be effective and perceptive communicators in a leadership position.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Speech Communication major and minor students only; or for Mathematics students one of EMLS 101R, EMLS 102R, EMLS/ENGL 129R, ENGL 109, SPCOM 100, SPCOM 223

SPCOM 228 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012410
Public Communication
This course introduces a theoretical framework for understanding the nature and significance of public communication. Strategies and techniques typically employed in political and commercial contexts are examined.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Speech Communication major and minor students only; or for Mathematics students one of EMLS 101R, EMLS 102R, EMLS/ENGL 129R, ENGL 109, SPCOM 100, SPCOM 223

SPCOM 300s


SPCOM 300 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011682
Special Topics in Digital Design
In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory. They will participate in workshops with professional designers, develop specialized digital materials and contribute signature work to their Digital Portfolio.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communication majors.
(Cross-listed with DAC 300, ENGL 303)

SPCOM 323 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005137
Speech Writing
The analysis, writing, and editing of speeches. Analysis will focus on the reading and viewing of several famous 20th-century speeches using theories of communication. Writing and editing will focus on implementing oral/aural communication strategies.
(Cross-listed with ENGL 309E)

SPCOM 324 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004691
Small Group Communication
A workshop course which works from theory to develop the skills to work in groups effectively. The principles of group dynamics, leadership, and conflict resolution will be studied and implemented in small group meetings and presentations.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Speech Communication major and minor students only

SPCOM 325 LEC 0.50Course ID: 004739
Organizational Communication
This course examines organizational theory, the communication process and the interplay between the two. Students will develop the skills to identify, analyze, and solve a variety of organizational communication problems through case study group work, and other workshop-style methods.

SPCOM 326 WSP 0.50Course ID: 004692
Performing the Voice
Students explore techniques to access and develop the voice as a resource for performance.
Prereq: DRAMA 102/SPCOM 102 or SPCOM 223/DRAMA 223
(Cross-listed with DRAMA 326)

SPCOM 329 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012415
Digital Presentations
In this course, students will be introduced to design and production of digital business presentations. They will develop specialized digital materials and contribute work to their Digital Portfolio.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communication major and minor students only
(Cross-listed with DAC 329)

SPCOM 335 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015100
Power, Agency, Community
This course examines the ways in which individuals and institutions communicate to enact agency and build communities situated within power relations. Students will develop their understanding of what power and agency are, the relationship of each to communication, and how each constitutes community life.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Speech Communication major and minor students only

SPCOM 339 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015099
Media, Images, and Communication
This course investigates how distinct modes of communication impact the creation of messages, dissemination or knowledge and reception of meaning. Students will examine aural, textual, and visual communication in the context of print, electronic, and digital media.
Prereq: Level at least 2A Speech Communication major and minor students only

SPCOM 399 DIS 0.50Course ID: 014533
Communication Inquiry
This course identifies critical communication inquiry at the individual, group, public, and collective levels of theory and practice. Students will work to develop strategies of engagement or thinking that could extend, modify, or overturn standing theoretical positions and initiate new inquiry. Critique and criticism are developed in order to explore advanced questions within the field of Speech Communication, and students are introduced to critical research methods used by scholars in the field of Speech Communication.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communication major students only

SPCOM 400s


SPCOM 401 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012412
Gender, Communication and Culture
In this course students examine multiple relationships between communication and gender. The class emphasizes how communication creates gender and power roles and how communicative patterns reflect, sustain and alter social conceptions of gender.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communication major and minor students only

SPCOM 402 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012413
Advanced Intercultural Communication
This course is designed to study the intersection of communication and culture. In this course, culture is defined broadly to include a variety of contexts, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age and class. Students gain theoretical and practical understanding of the opportunities and obstacles that exist as individuals and communities communicate within and across cultures.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communication major and minor students only

SPCOM 420 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013571
Persuasion
This course examines the communicative, psychological, and sociological aspects of persuasion and persuasive messages, with attention to interpersonal contexts, the role of images, and persuasion in the media and public discourse. This course will explore the ways in which the sending and receiving of persuasive messages involve cognition, emotions, and social norms in everyday contexts.
Prereq: SPCOM 223; Level at least 3A

SPCOM 430 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013570
Communication and Social Justice
An examination of the ways in which communication on the part of individuals, groups, and institutions contributes to fostering justice in social contexts. Areas of focus include communication and justice in interpersonal, workplace, community, and national/international contexts.
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with LS 492)

SPCOM 431 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010340
Crisis Communication
This case study course examines the communication strategies involved in a public response to crisis, using such fields as sports, the entertainment world, politics and business.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communication major and minor students only

SPCOM 432 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010350
Conflict Management
This course focuses on how conflict is communicated and resolved in one-on-one, group and organizational contexts. Theoretical perspectives, simulations, role plays and self-assessment exercises will enhance students' abilities to be successful communicators in conflict situations.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

SPCOM 433 WSP 0.50Course ID: 010345
The Organizational Consultant
This workshop course will examine the communication skills necessary for the organizational consultant. Participation in videotaped simulations will allow students to explore consulting styles and training interventions by developing the communications expertise and knowledge specific to the consulting professional.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

SPCOM 434 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011393
The Discourse of Dissent
A study of the social, historical, and rhetorical dimensions of collective action. Topics may include health and welfare movements, civil rights and anti-war protests, and environmentalism.
(Cross-listed with ENGL 309G, HIST 309)

SPCOM 440 LEC,SEM,WSP 0.50Course ID: 011906
Performative Inquiry and Practice
This course explores how to create, perform and analyze performance texts, here defined as including drama/theatre texts, poetry, narratives, and the texts of everyday life. Through readings and creative investigation, students will explore the links between the participant, the researcher, the site and the impulse of inquiry.
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with DRAMA 440)

SPCOM 475 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013573
Communication Ethics
An examination of the interplay between communication and ethics from historical and pragmatic perspectives. Issues discussed include communication in a variety of settings, such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, public, and intercultural interactions as they relate to personal development, values, meaning making, and ethical ways of communicating.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Speech Communications majors or minors or Level at least 2A Philosophy majors

SPCOM 490 SEM 0.50Course ID: 011402
Selected Seminars in Speech Communication
Seminars in special areas of speech communication.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A

SPCOM 491 SEM 0.50Course ID: 011403
Selected Seminars in Speech Communication
Seminars in special areas of speech communication.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of four times.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3B

SPCOM 499A LEC 0.50Course ID: 004740
Senior Seminar
This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to complete a comprehensive presentation in her/his major area of concentration.
[Note: A grade for DRAMA/SPCOM 499A will be submitted only after the completion of DRAMA/SPCOM 499B.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 4A Honours Speech Communication
(Cross-listed with DRAMA 499A)

SPCOM 499B LEC 0.50Course ID: 004741
Senior Seminar
This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to complete a comprehensive presentation in her/his major area of concentration. Second part of DRAMA/SPCOM 499.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 4A Honours Speech Communication
(Cross-listed with DRAMA 499B)