About CSD 025 A

Analysis of the portrayal of individuals with communication differences and disorders in the media and how this influences our perceptions and opinions. Guest speakers, shared experiences, classroom discussions, and the viewing of popular films.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

This class addresses stereotypes associated with people who communicate differently as a result of trauma (e.g., TBI), neurological insult (e.g., aphasia, dementia), and other differences such as dialects, stuttering, aging, hearing loss, etc. We will discuss what the clinical components of these communication differences and disorders in order to then analyze the media's portrayal of such individuals and check for inaccuracies. Often, people with communication differences and disorders are used for humor or to really highlight the hero or to garner sympathy from the audience. How does this portrayal inevitably impact the way we treat people who communicate differently? Do these portrayals lead to implicit biases? These are some of the questions we hope to explore.

Section Expectation

Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions, including questions for guest speakers. The professor will provide background information on the topics addressed and discussion prompts to get the conversation started. However, student perspectives, personal connections, and other input is expected and will foster dynamic learning in the classroom.


Grades are based on participation in classroom discussions, weekly homework assignments around selected movies, small group projects and final group film project.

Course Dates



Hills Agri Sci 122 (View Campus Map)


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