Malcolm R Parks
Introduces students to four core principles that undergird the study and practice of communication - communication literacy, research inquiry, theories and concepts, and community engagement. Principles discussed and developed in the context of social interaction, rhetoric and critical studies, and communication and culture.
All of us communicate nearly everyday, so what could we possibly learn by taking a course about communication? A lot, as it turns out. Except when things go wrong, most of us don’t think about communication any more than fish probably think about water. But things often do go wrong. So that’s one reason to learn more about communication. Another reason is to give you the concepts and tools to analyze your own and others’ communication so you can be more creative, more effective. Still another is to help you make sense of the rapidly changing media world and to make thoughtful choices about how to navigate through the haze of information and information technology. When you complete this course, you will
• Be able to analyze communication to pinpoint where problems have occurred. • See how perceptions of yourself and others are shaped through communication and have strategies for overcoming stereotypes and other misperceptions. • Better understand the ways we make sense of language and have new skills for clear language use. • Recognize the many ways we communicate without words and how our various “codes” fit together to produce complex messages. • Be able to assess the most critical aspects your relationships with others. • Recognize the additional challenges and opportunities of intercultural communication. • Develop a richer, more complex view of your relationship to mass media. • Identify how computer-mediated communication differs from other forms of communication. • Develop a perspective for making effective choices about using media of all kinds.
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