2020-2021 Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

COM 200 - Communication Theory

Description: Introduction to the systematic conceptualization of the communication process: its elements, dynamics, origins, outcomes, functions, and values. Emphasis on psychological, social cultural, mediated, ethical, and political implications of communication processes. Includes prominent communication theories relating to relationships, groups, organizations, ethnicity, race, and gender.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Basic paradigms of human communication theory
  2. Communication theories
  3. Communication research studies
  4. Relationships between communication theory and practice in the context of everyday life
  5. Epistemology, Ontology and Axiology Theories

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Define epistemology, ontology, and axiology and how they differ in the social scientific, interpretive, and critical paradigms. (1,5)
  2. Identify paradigms related to communication theories. (1,5)
  3. Conduct research in the area of communication and identify important concepts by summarizing findings. (1-5)
  4. Apply communication theory to our everyday lives through personal examples, popular culture, and current events. (1-4)
  5. Discuss how communication theory relates to ethnicity, race, and gender. (1, 3, 4)