COMM+G201+syllabus+2010F - 1 COMM G201 Introduction to...

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1 COMM G201: Introduction to Communication Theory Fall 2010 Section 6688 T / Th 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm SL 051 INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION AND OFFICE HOURS INSTRUCTOR BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING AND LEARNING Please go to Oncourse where you will find the documents “Jonathan’s Philosophy of Teaching and Learning” and “Jonathan’s Grading Philosophy.” Both are located in the “Syllabus” folder. COURSE DESCRIPTION Introduction to Communication Theory (COMM G201) provides a wide-ranging introduction to the ways scholars make sense of human communication. We spend every moment of our day communicating in some way. But how frequently do we ponder the problems, processes, and imperfections of communication. That’s what theorists do. Theory tries to solve puzzles. Theory works to answer “How?” “Why?” and “What if?” questions. For example: “Why do the labels we attach to people and their actions matter?” “Why does it seem that some people are better at understanding, persuading, or entertaining others?” “Does media impact the way a culture functions and, if so, how?” “Whose communication has more perceived value and why?” Introduction to Communication Theory (G201) provides an important framework for future communication studies courses, because it introduces debates and disputes that influence how people think about communication. In G201, we will explore theories of interpersonal communication between friends and family. We will consider how theorists have made sense of group communication in businesses and organizations. We will also explore theories that explain the relationship between communication and culture. At the end of the course you should have a greater understanding of different focuses within the field, different ways to make sense of communication, and the different answers to the puzzles of human communication. COURSE PREREQUISITES None. However completion or concurrent enrollment in English W132 or W231, and Communication Studies G100 are highly recommended. REQUIRED TEXTS Em Griffin, A First Look at Communication Theory , 7 th ed. (Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2009). Name Role Office Email Phone Office Hours Jonathan P. Rossing, Ph.D., M.S. Ed. Lecturer CA 307H [email protected] 278-5192 W 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Th 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and by appointment
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2 You are responsible for preparing for each class meeting by reading the assigned chapters and any supplemental readings, preparing notes and reactions to the reading, and completing any reading activities. I expect you to bring your textbook with you to lectures—it will facilitate note taking and discussion. LEARNING OUTCOMES Students completing this course should be able to: 1. Define “theory” and explain why theory is important to the study of communication. 2.
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