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 Course Title:   Communication Theory

 Title Abbreviation:   COMMUNICATION THEORY

 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    201

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Survey of theories and concepts in communication ranging from intrapersonal to interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mass, and/or intercultural communication. Highly recommended for speech/communication majors/minors.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
EWU CMST 309 Communication and Information. An introduction to the history and information of communication theory.
UW COMM 202 No study of mass communication
WWU COMM 220

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Students will recognize the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their communication similarities and differences.
  2. Students will think critically about the nature of knowledge within speech communications and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and vaildated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate basic communication skills and content-specific speech concepts.
  4. Students will understand, manage, and take responsibility for their learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

Course Contents

  1. The communication discipline
  2. Theories of the Self and Messages
  3. Relational development theories
  4. Theories of groups and organizations
  5. Theories of public communication
  6. Media theories
  7. Theories of intercultural communication & diversity