Communication and Culture is concerned with studying the culturally distinctive ways in which people communicate within and across groups, societies, and language communities. It includes study of the ways communication both reflects and constitutes social difference in contemporary society and of how communication plays a role in the ways that individuals and societies come to terms with the cultures of their life worlds.

Faculty

The faculty listed below emphasize this area of study in their teaching and research, though most have additional areas of expertise. This list is not exhaustive, as many University of Washington faculty outside the Department of Communication also teach courses and conduct research in this area.

Coutu Neff
Domke Nishime
Fearn-Banks Philipsen
Harold Rivenburgh
Joseph Simpson
Manusov Underwood

Courses

Undergraduate students who wish to learn more about communication and culture can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below.

COM 289: COMMUNICATION AND DIFFERENCE
COM 302: THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
COM 306: MEDIA, SOCIETY, AND POLITICAL IDENTITY
COM 321: COMMUNICATION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
COM 329: RHETORIC OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL MOVEMENTS
COM 374: PERSPECTIVES ON LANGUAGE
COM 389: RACE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY IN THE MEDIA
COM 423: COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
COM 425: EUROPEAN MEDIA SYSTEMS
COM 441: UNITED STATES MEDIA HISTORY
COM 445: JOURNALISM AND LITERATURE
COM 451: MASS MEDIA AND CULTURE
COM 469: INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM
COM 470: DISCOURSE: ANALYZING TALK AND TEXTS
COM 474: COMMUNICATION, CONFLICT, AND COOPERATION
COM 478: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
COM 483: COMMUNICATION APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF WAR
COM 484: CULTURAL CODES IN COMMUNICATION
COM 485: FIELDWORK IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
COM 488: RACE, GENDER, AND POWER IN ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA
COM 489: COMMUNICATING BLACKNESS
COM 490: BEYOND THE BINARIES: MIXING RACE, GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE MEDIA

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