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Communication Studies
Greigory De Peuter

Conceptual Issues in Communication CS203 Prof: Greig de Peuter Lecture #1 Foundational keywords: theory, concepts, and traditions  Theory is explanation…”theory as a system of ideas which explain practice” – Raymond o Theres not one single theory... or explanation… o Theory is a practice of explanation o Attempts to account for the way things are and also for the way that things might be o Theory informs our behavior, and outlooks o Theory is practical despite appearances o “theory does something when it becomes…useful for asking…questions about how things work and how they might work differently…theory and action are not as neatly opposed as they might appear at first glance. – Nealon & Searls Giroux, 2012 o theory is an exercise for making what is familiar to us, strange…so we might think about what is familiar in different ways o theorizing is about de-familiarizing the familiar o “what we think changes how we act” o theory is critical in the sense of questioning the status quo…challenging assumptions that all of us might be inclined to take for granted o one of the courses overarching themes is: power  how is power exercised, distributed, concentrated  how is power embodied in us…in our subjectivity, in our actions with each other  how is power designed into space  how is power contested/challenged  what sources of counter power are out there This course is designed to provide an introduction to select key concepts in our interdisciplinary field – representation, ideology, hegemony, commodification, the culture industry…  concepts are the theories tools… o concepts will be defined, contextualized, and illustrated in readings, lectures, and/or tutorials  a survey course o concepts orient our thinking, open
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