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Patricia A Dowden
SPHSC 308
Seattle Campus

Social-Cultural Aspects of Communication

Introduction to human communication in context. Exploration of ways communication is influenced by context, including situational, social/interpersonal, and cultural variables. Studies systems and cultural practices as they influence communication. Required for majors; open to nonmajors. Offered: WS.

Class description

Introduction to human communication in context. Exploration of ways communication is influenced by context, including situational, social/interpersonal, and cultural variables. Studies systems and cultural practices as they influence communication. Required for majors; open to nonmajors. Specifically: 1. Introduction to terminology about communication and context. 2. Basic qualitative procedures for observing communication in context. 3. Social Systems theory as related to inpersonal relationship. 4. Concepts concerning cultural practices. 5. Application of social systems theory, cultural practices to disablement with an emphasis on an international perspective.

Student learning goals

Students will recognize and describe the social-cultural systems exemplified in the course textbook.

Students will be able to explain, in writing, how systems theory applies to a social-cultural system with which they are highly familiar

Students will improve their writing abilities, both in organizing and conveying ideas and in mechanical elements.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

This is a University W-course. As such, it requires writing assignments. Two writing assignments are assigned; each is approximately 5 pages in length. Extensive feedback is provided to provide students with an opportunity to improve writing skills. Rewrites are encouraged. An examination is given. Experiential learning activities are also part of the course, which allow students to be more active in class participation.

Grades are based on performance on the experiential learning activities, writing assingments and the examination. Revision of writing assignments allow for some extra credit. (NOTE: points/grading vary per quarter)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patricia A Dowden
Date: 12/17/2011