communication studies research topics

1. A Guide to Dispute Resolution Procedure.

Desc: 10 pgs. 18 f/c. 5b.

2. A Brief History of Communication.

Desc: From early prehistoric times to modern day, man has been continuously improving his ability to communicate with others. The history of communications is filled with various discoveries and inventions to improve communication. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

3. A Compare and Contrast of Two Library Media Centers

Desc: This paper will seek to understand how we can compare two American library media centres, and to understand how they connect in their different website designs. By realizing the curriculum, scheduling, staff, collections, and policies, we can learn why they offer different, yet similar mediums within the public sectors of both school and citizen based media collection centres.

4. A Feminist Critique of Television Commercials.

Desc: This undergraduate level media-criticism paper takes a feminist view of television advertising. It looks at the continuing stereotypes of body image, social role, and career in contrast to emerging images which seem to contradict these more 'traditional' portrayals of women. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

5. A Media and Television Analysis: A History and Examination of Reality TV in An American Family, Survivor and The Sopranos

Desc: This paper will seek to understand how modern reality TV shows relate a problematic humanizing of murder, violence and intrigue, which are created by large corporate enterprise. By analyzing the shows: An American Family, Survivor and The Sopranos, we can see how violence and other 'reality' based TV is highly regulated and offers very little 'reality' in its filming and corporate production.

6. A Night At The Frats

Desc: This paper encompasses observations surrounding the culture of college fraternity parties and their mores. Additionally, the paper describes a "typical" fraternity party night in a manner so as to both enlighten and engage the reader. The paper was prepared as part of an order regarding describing an interesting place or activity and is written at year one college level.

7. A Persuasive Letter to the Editor- in- Chief of the New York Times.

Desc: This paper presents an argument in a letter form on the topic of why "dwarf tossing" should not be outlawed by the United Nations as a form of human rights abuse.

8. A Situation In Which Interpersonal Interaction Is Occurring.

Desc: This four-page graduate paper describes a situation in which interpersonal interaction is occurring. In a courtroom, when two people who loved each other communicated their sourness obviously and love secretly, they could understand their conversation of gestures about their love for each other. According to Mead, this conversation is unconscious. Goffman presented a similar idea. In his words, the anger that they showed was given. The love they had was given off. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

9. AT&T Broadband: The Birth Of Cable Internet Service.

Desc: Short history of AT&T's venture into the cable internet marketplace. Includes information on mergers with TCI, MediaOne and Comcast that made this possible, and the history of MediaOne's Road Runner, the first cable-delivered internet access system.

10. Acoustics and Perception of Speech Related to ALS.

Desc: Summary: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neuro-degenerative disorder producing deterioration of the motor cortex and motoneurons of the brainstem and spinal cord. In particular, patients are affected by the vulnerability of the cranial motoneurons that assist speech and swallowing. The disease usually leads to death in 3 to 5 years due to respiratory complications.

11. Acquisition and Consequences of Language For Individuals and Society.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper discusses the importance of language because the world is socially constructed. It includes a critical discussion of language acquisition, the opportunities and limitations, and the consequences that language produces for the individual and society.

12. Acquisition of Language in Children.

Desc: This paper looks at the relationship between oral and written work in the acquisition of language in children.

13. Actively Listening Is the Key to Business Communication

Desc: This paper discusses the importance of actively listening. Often failure to listen cause conflict in business and relationships. The key to improving business relationships is to practice the steps to actively listen. Reflection, paraphrase, questions, and watching non-verbal communication are part of the ten steps to actively listen. The paper shows how actively listening will help the student now and in the future.

14. Addressing a Commercial According to the Theories of Rogers and Freud.

Desc: This paper shall use the theories of two psychologists to address a specific television commercial. The theories of Carl Rogers and Sigmund Freud are often used to address the role of the individual within society, where these two psychologists worked to assess the properties of human needs through investigating the factors that most greatly affected their inner psyches. Commercials, similarly, are believed to target the audience through addressing commonalities found within human nature and within society as a whole. This paper shall first present a brief summary of the commercial, and then compare and contrast the symbols found within that commercial to the works of Rogers and Freud. 6 pgs, bibliography lists 2 sources.

15. Advertising Tactics In the Print Media.

Desc: Advertising in today's print media are bolder and more direct than they were years ago. Many products are sold through appeals to sex, better health, and other methods. I will look at four of these ads and comment on each one. 5 pgs, bibliography lists 5 sources.

16. Advertising and Women.

Desc: This essay examines how advertising exploits women for the sake of selling products. There are certain stereotypical portrayals of women in advertisements. These are designed to sell products as well as to send certain values to the culture. In many respects, this is about how capitalism, which is the buffer to the advertising industry, needs to define and control the desires of its consumers. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

17. Advertising and the Media.

Desc: This paper examines the relationship between the media and advertising. It argues that this relationship is part of capitalism's agenda to impose certain socially constructed ideologies. 8 pgs. 12 f/c. 6b.

18. Advertising: Past to Present.

Desc: This forty-page thesis analyzes the trends in advertising. The thesis discusses the history of advertising from past to present from various perspectives. The paper leaves no leave unturned and discusses what it took the advertising world to get where it is today. 40 pgs. Bibliography lists 47 sources.

19. Alcohol Ads and Their Negative Effects On Minors.

Desc: This fifteen-page undergraduate paper examines and analyzes beer and alcohol advertising campaigns in the mass media in the United States and their negative effects on minors. 15 pgs, bibliography lists 11 sources.

20. America's Global Market Share in Mass Culture.

Desc: This essay answers the question: how does America figure in the creation and propagation of 'mass culture'? It uses works by notable cultural theorists and media scholars, and explains the intertwining cultural and economic systems that allow US goods, ideas, and information to become a part of the cultures of all industrialized, and many 'third world' nations. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

21. American Mass Media: An Analysis of Content.

Desc: This twenty-five-page undergraduate thesis paper examines and analyzes how mass media entertainment affects society, and discusses the reasons why low taste entertainment has been increasingly dominating American television and movies over the past decade. 25 pgs, bibliography lists 24 sources.

22. Amusing Ourselves To Survive: Critical Analysis of Survivor

Desc: This paper uses Neil Postman's book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, to analyze and critique the first season of "Survivor," the most popular network "Reality-TV" venture so far.

23. An Analysis of Propaganda in the Media.

Desc: This paper will explore the use of the Institute of Propaganda Analysis to uncover the ways that some people sue this type of argument to push their thoughts by the usage of language. By understanding the properties of propaganda, we can investigate the newly indicted trial of John Walker Lindh for his activates in the Taliban. Both sides of the case seem to fight over who is right and wrong, and propaganda is flying in this article. This will be studied here along the lines of Institute of Propaganda Analysis. 5 pgs. bibliography lists 3 sources.

24. An Exploration of Language and Gender in The Globe and Mail

Desc: This essay is a critical evaluation of language and sexism in journalism. The paper focuses on five articles from the National Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and examines the language closely for the ways sexist references are relied on in description, reporting, and in the contexts of two regular columns featured in the Globe and Mail. The essay finds that sexism is evidenced in the journalist's language and in their reporting. 9 pgs. No sources.

25. An Instance of Intercultural Communication.

Desc: This paper examines an imaginary instance of intercultural communication. The various elements present in this communication, the goals and objectives for the communication of those involved, as well as techniques used in the communication are all examined.

26. An Ontario Boat Cruise

Desc: This is a short paper suitable for the applied arts course, which can be adapted for seminar presentation. Given very general topic of 'boat cruise', paper examines Ontario boat cruise tourism in the Peterborough district, as seems ordinary to residents of Ontario but has great attractiveness to European and Japanese visitors. Some historical notes and commentary on the boat cruise in tourism as a recurring phenomenon.

27. Analysis of 60 Minutes Segment: America's Arabs .

Desc: This essay will argue that the segment is, in general, more critical of the Arab American community than of American law enforcement or political authority. As will be seen, much of the information content is delivered to the viewer in subtle ways, such as by using images to challenge or contradict the spoken content of the interview segments. It will be argued that the message presented by this mingling of word and image is a troubling one: on the one hand we see officials suggesting that racial profiling is now an acceptable practice in American law enforcement, while on the other we see a community that appears - at least from the segment - to be ambivalent and equivocal in its identity as American. 8 pgs. No sources listed.

28. Analysis of Mass Communications Within Computer Science.

Desc: An analysis of how computers play a significant role in the mass communications field. By understanding its origins and its inventors, the history of the medium, the social implications of the medium, and the future in the medium, we can see an overall view.

29. Analysis of Peter Elkind's Where Mary Meeker Went Wrong .

Desc: This undergraduate paper is an analysis of the work of Peter Elkind in a Fortune article entitled "Where Mary Meeker Went Wrong." The paper observes that the editorial content of the article paints a very narrowly defined picture of the subject. It concludes that Meeker receives short shrift at the hands of the author. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

30. Analysis of Press Coverage in Chinese Media: October 2, 1952.

Desc: On October 2, 1952 the Chinese press - as evidenced in translated documents contained in the "Survey of the China Mainland Press" - was preoccupied by the opening of the Asian-Pacific Peace Conference in Peking (Beijing) almost to the exclusion of all other issues. However, even in the press excerpts from this conference, a number of subsidiary issues can be seen to manifest themselves. 10 pgs. 7 f/c. 6b.

31. Analysis of Values in the News: Lance Bennett's Principles Applied.

Desc: Summary: Analysis of a recent news article on the Iraq situation and international politics based on Lance Bennett's theories of value in the news media.

32. Analysis: Minor Character And a Protagonist.

Desc: This college paper gives an in depth analysis of the Protagonist, Jack Gladney and his character. This paper focuses on the thinking of the people towards death, culture and media. The paper also compares the character of Jack Gladney and Howard Dunlop.

33. Animal Communication Human Language: How Different Are They

Desc: This is a 3-page paper in MLA style that distinguishes between the debate of animal communication and human language. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

34. Annual Policy Speeches: A Comparison.

Desc: This three-page graduate-level paper discusses the similarities and differences in the State of the Union, State of the State, and State of the City addresses of President Bush, Governor Pataki, and Mayor Bloomberg. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

35. Arbitration And Mediation.

Desc: This seven-page paper examines the similarities and differences between arbitration and mediation, explaining the steps involved in each process and who can benefit from each process. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

36. Articles by Afroz and Warner-Lewis

Desc: This one and a half-page paper is a critique of the two articles, with Afroz as the main one. Please note that you need the year, journal, etc., for the Afroz article.

37. Asians Are In Tinsletown To Stay.

Desc: This three-page paper presents a detailed discussion about media representation and stereotyping of Asia Americans in advertisements and commercials. The author explores the trends and guides us on an instructional peek at the underpinnings of stereotyping and what they mean. There were three sources used to complete this paper. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

38. Augmentative Communication and Dynamyte Technology.

Desc: This is a 7-page paper in Turbian style that describes the use of Dynamyte technology in assistive and augmentative communications. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

39. Augmentative or Assistive Communication Devices.

Desc: This ten-page paper describes the augmentative or assistive communication devices, discusses who must use them, and also a few popular augmentative communication systems, including how to fund them. The purpose of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is to assist the child in attaining the quality of life that approaches the level of satisfaction and meaningfulness that would have been possible if the child did not have a communication disability. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

40. Aviation Jargon.

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper examines and analyzes jargon used in military aviation in terms of the pros and cons of the jargon, how it has evolved, how one acquires jargon, whether additions are made frequently, and whether aspects of the jargon have been applied outside the organization. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

41. A Comparative Analysis of Monopoly Issues in Old and New Media.

Desc: This paper proposes to analyze the contemporary manifestation of "New Media" - more commonly referred to as IT (Information Technology; i.e. personal computers; the Internet; the World Wide Web) - conglomerates such as AOL/Time-Warner in comparison with the market practices and monopolies in the "Old Media" as represented by the Bell company. It will be argued that the emergence of media monopolies appears to be cyclical over the course of history, and is inherent in the nature of the networks required to support the media dissemination of information. Moreover, in respect to both Old and New Media, it will be shown how monopoly invariably leads to a resistance to innovation and predatory pricing tactics. 16 pgs. 33 f/c. 20b.