COMM 8801 Special Topics in Communication Research Methods (Hayes)
Statistical Mediation and Moderation Analysis
This graduate course introduces methods of data analysis focused on questions about moderation (what conditions influence the strength of an effect) and mediation (testing causal sequences that produce effects). Topics will include estimating and probing interaction in linear models, the estimation of indirect effects in simple and multiple mediator models, methods that combine moderation and mediation (conditional process analysis), and application in statistical software. Solid past performance in a course in multiple regression such as COMM 7790 or PSYCH 6811 is assumed. Students are expected to bring a laptop to class each day with either SPSS or SAS installed.Text: Hayes, A. F. (2013). Introduction to mediation, moderation, and conditional process analysis: A regression-based approach. New York: The Guilford Press.
COMM 7840 Mass Communication & the Individual (Moyer-Guse)
COMM 8930 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication (Fox)
Media & Relationships
This course is designed to address multiple aspects of media and interpersonal/social relationships (friends, family, and romantic partners). The material will cover how media portray various relationships; how media portrayals influence our perceptions of relationships; how relationships influence our media use; how media facilitate or disrupt relationship processes; and how media are changing relationships. Assignments in this course are designed for future academics, addressing teaching, reviewing, writing, and researching skills.
COMM 8970 Special Topics in Communication (Lee)
Communication and Emotion
This graduate seminar aims to help students expand their conceptual and theoretical understanding of emotion in the context of interpersonal and mediated communication. Readings will include two required texts (Communicating Emotion by Sally Planalp and Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman) and review articles as well as empirical works on the role of emotion in communication processes and effects.