Introduction to Human Communication, CMN 101
Tuesday 4:30 to 5:30pm, and
Instructor: Jaime Bochantin
Office: SAC TBD
Phone: (773) 325-2897
Office hours: Tuesdays 4:45-5:45 and by
Course Teaching Assistant: Kelly Hipchen
This course provides an introduction to the field of relational, group, and organizational
communication. Students will examine the fundamental role that communication plays in a
relational, group, and organizational setting. Multiple perspectives, theories, and concepts will be
introduced in order to explain how individuals use communication to relate, inform, persuade,
control, negotiate, create meaning, etc.
This course is based on a lecture format. There are no discussion sections and therefore it is
important that you use class time or office hours to ask questions.
Throughout the quarter both
instructors are available to you.
The principal objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how
communication principles, processes, and dynamics influence relational, group and
organizational life. Specifically, this objective can be defined as follows:
To understand the history of the communication discipline and the evolution of
communication theories (historical – contemporary).
To understand how communication creates and reinforces social identities in relational, group,
and organizational contexts.
To understand the role that communication plays in creating meaning, informing and
persuading, competing and collaborating, etc. as well as defining close relationships through
their development, maintenance, and deterioration.
To understand the role that communication serves in creating group roles, norms and status
hierarchies, and in regulating group outcomes such as decision-making.