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Debra Petersen

Associate Professor, Communication & Journalism
Office
OEC 110
Phone
(651) 962-5828
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5828

Dr. Debra Petersen teaches the cross-listed COJO 328 course, “Rhetoric of Race, Class and Gender,” each year, usually during fall semester.  In this course we examine the history of women’s struggles to gain a public voice in the United States from the nineteenth century to today.  Research projects conducted by WMST Studies in this course have included the Guerrilla Girls (arts activists), women politicians (including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential race), and, female journalists (including sports writers/commentators).  Dr. Petersen is engaged in on-going research on the rhetoric of first ladies, and received a research grant to conduct research at the Eleanor Roosevelt archives in Hyde Park, New York.  She also conducts research on women and politics, including women engaged in international political communication.  

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 100 - L01 Public Speaking M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

41109 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of original speeches by each student throughout the semester; special emphasis given to selecting and researching topics, organizing evidence, analyzing audiences, sharpening style and tone, communicating ethically and listening critically. This course is designed for students who are not pursuing a Communication and Journalism major. COJO majors may only take this course with permission from the department chair.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 100 - L03 Public Speaking M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 BEC 113

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

41110 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of original speeches by each student throughout the semester; special emphasis given to selecting and researching topics, organizing evidence, analyzing audiences, sharpening style and tone, communicating ethically and listening critically. This course is designed for students who are not pursuing a Communication and Journalism major. COJO majors may only take this course with permission from the department chair.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 328 - D01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 BEC 113

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

40614 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women's Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41072 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 100 - 02 Public Speaking - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

20479 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of original speeches by each student throughout the semester; special emphasis given to selecting and researching topics, organizing evidence, analyzing audiences, sharpening style and tone, communicating ethically and listening critically. This course is designed for students who are not pursuing a Communication and Journalism major. COJO majors may only take this course with permission from the department chair.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 212 - W01 Rhetorical Criticism M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

20488 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

This course teaches students to become more critical consumers and producers of public messages. Students will examine a mix of historical and contemporary examples of persuasive communication in order to develop an awareness of the rhetorical power of messages in everyday life. Critical tools will be covered to help the student learn how to approach a communicative act systematically, identifying crucial interactions and suggesting ways of understanding how those interactions function. The emphasis on critical consumption also enables students to become more effective creators of public messages. Prerequisite: COJO 111 or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 328 - D01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

20556 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women's Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)