SPC 1301-03 & SPC 1301-04

Course Description:

Speech 1301 is a beginning course in platform theory and practice designed to provide instruction in the essentials of effective public oral communication, as well as principles of human communication. This learning community course includes the use of Web 2.0 technologies to advance student skills in multimodal/web presentations.  In this course, students develop skills in public speaking (research, outlining, and presentation), how to overcome fear and nervousness, how to analyze audiences, and how to prepare speeches using multiple media platforms.  Also, students learn the principles of interpersonal communication in groups and communication mediated through technology.   Students are encouraged to select topics related to their majors.  Student learn both speaking and listening  (oral and aural) skills and effective methods for responding to audience questions, as well as verbal and non-verbal communication basics.


SPC 1301-03-SYLLABUS-F2015 updated 29Sep15 –  Class Meets MW 12-1:15 p.m.

FINAL EXAM:  Tuesday, December 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

SPC 1301-04-SYLLABUS-F2015-updated 29Sep15 –  Class Meets MW 1:30-2:45 p.m.

FINAL EXAM:  Friday, December 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Thematic Connections:

Dr. Johnson-Gerendas will be using integrative assignments to foster deep learning and collaboration within your speech class this semester.  We will explore ways to connect your real lived experiences with our ever-changing world.  The over-arching question we will try to answer this semester is:  How Do We Explore-Create-Perform Our Identities in Face-to-Face Environments? You will have opportunities to engage in a personal study of your own public-speaking strengths by examining your ethos and impact as a speaker writing and performing authentic speech events in real-world scenarios.  I am excited to join you on this journey as you explore different rhetorical strategies and analyze how they affect you and your intended audiences.  This speech course will offer active problem-based assignments and will conclude with a final project demonstrating collaboration, undergraduate research, and multimodal communication, culminating in a pecha-kucha presentation.

Umbrella Theme:  Mediated Identities & Embodied Interfaces

Research Domains :

  1. “Ways of Living/Needing/Acting”:  Hierarchy of Human Needs / Motivations (What drives people to act?)
    Examples:  Poverty/Wealth–Issues around Economic Equity;  Racial Tension–“Dear White People”;  Cultures Colliding–Middle East Issues; African Issues; American Issues; European Issues; Caste System in India;  Dali Lama, Buddhism, and China;  Social Acceptance; Segregation/Immigrant Issues
  2. “Ways of Seeing/Hearing/Representing”: Graphics / Art / Sound / Video
    Examples:  News/Reporting and Integrity (Brian Williams);  Representations in Film, Cartoons, Fiction, Non-Fiction/Documentaries (Appropriation of Religious Symbols);  Music Video Representations (Appropriation of Religious Symbols; Representations of Materialism or Capitalism; Representations of Prison Culture (“Orange is the New Black,”  Hip-Hop Lyrics;  Clothing Choices, etc.) 
  3. “Ways of Embodiment/Representing”: Authenticity / Celebrity / Performing Public-Private Identities
    Examples:  Tatoos;  Plastic Surgery;  Reality TV;  Miley Cyrus, Justin Beaver, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry–others?; Texting (Sexting–e.g. Anthony Weiner)
  4. “Ways of Advocating and Protesting”: International / Global Relations / Activism Today
    Examples:  Free Speech (e.g. Charlie Hebdo);  Nigerian Women protesting Boko Haran’s kidnapping of young girls and boys;  Race Marches and Riots (Ferguson);  Peace Marches (Anti-War Protests for recent middle east wars);  Technology (e.g. NSA, Wikileaks)
  5. “Ways of Interfacing/Associating”:   Technology / Multimodality / Social Media
    Examples:  Internet Dating (e.g. new exclusive sites developed by economic category or other categories);  Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter;  Robotics (e.g. “Her” –When does technology become real and relational?)


Sample Speeches to Explore:

Elevator Speeches:

How to Prepare a Self-Introduction  (start at about 1:40 in to video)

The Elevator Speech ***

Elevator Pitch Winner

Using the power of story:  6 Elevator Pitches for the 21st C

The Elevator Pitch Is Out of Order (Michelle Golden, Ted Talk)

Ashton Kutcher Teen Choice Awards Speech (2013)

Sample Expo Opening Speech – Mac World iPhone with Steve Jobs

Best Speech Ever Made–Charlie Chaplin

How to Give Welcome Remarks

President Clinton’s Nominating Speech 2012

Michelle Obama Speech 2012 DNC

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