Summer Session 2020

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Cornell University Summer Session is being held entirely online.

For more information, see online courses.

Course description

The course focuses on face-to-face, public communication, but the principles and practices addressed transfer to all purposeful communication situations. While many assume a good speech rests in how well it is delivered, students will learn that a good speech is equally dependent on the development, structure, and integrity of one’s ideas. The objectives of the course are for students to speak effectively and ethically, and listen critically.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to research, evaluate, and develop ideas about current events.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to analyze communication contexts and adapt their speech to the contexts through a variety of communication strategies.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to apply the principles of effective and ethical speaking in formal presentations.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to apply the principles of effective and ethical speaking in ongoing informal discussions of contemporary controversies.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to listen to others critically, evaluating the effectiveness, truthfulness, and ethics of their words.

Priority given to communication majors and minors, CALS seniors, CALS juniors. Fluency in spoken English assumed.


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Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:COMM 2010 001-LEC
Class dates:June 22-August 4, 2020
Due date:Friday July 31, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 1 PM - 2:15 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Mode of instruction:Synchronous distance learning
Instructor:Seipel, M. (ms3436)
Max. enroll:15
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
To enroll:To enroll, complete and submit a course enrollment form and your payment to the Summer Session office. For more information, see enrollment and registration. Please note that late registration fees may apply.

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