Jan 30, 2023  
2022-23 University Catalog 
2022-23 University Catalog

CRIT 322 Analyzing Talk

3 credits 45.0 hours
300 level undergraduate course

This course asks: What can be learned by listening, recording, and analyzing human communication? Much like the interdisciplinary course Observing Humans, Analyzing Talk will involve student-led field work in a location chosen by the student. This is a course primarily about the study of power and culture; the students will be learning about patterned power dynamics through the frameworks of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and age. Speech, para-linguistics, gesture, and posture are the focus as the course introduces classics in sociolinguistics, semiotics, and video ethnography. Like music, drama, and choreography, and visual art, human talk can be analyzed both aesthetically and structurally. Framed by the media available of its time, Analyzing Talk will cover speech and gesture research and will ask how media extends and limits the questions of a particular age. Classics in documentary film will augment the course.

Prerequisites WRIT*102, WRIT*102E, or WRIT*102H

This course is not repeatable for credit.
This course can fulfill a critical studies elective or general elective requirement.