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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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TC 151 - Theory of Human Communication

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Various theories of communication are examined in order to establish a framework for understanding the complex phenomenon of human communication. Theory is defined and a number of theories that cover a wide range of communication concepts (such as semantics, nonverbal communication, and persuasion) are studied. Theories are examined critically to determine the social, political, and historical factors which might have motivated the authors and perhaps colored their perceptions of communication. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the different theories related to human communication
  • Point out the strengths and weaknesses of different communication theories
  • Apply various communication theories to various real-life problems
  • Utilize different communication theories in an attempt to solve communication problems
  • Understand how various concepts such as signs, symbols, paralanguage, nonverbal communication, and proxemics relate to human communication
  • Differentiate between the morpho-phonemic and syntactic levels of language
  • Identify various social roles which one might have to fill and understand how these roles affect communication in a given society and help determine communication competence
  • Write essays which analyze specific theories as they apply to real-life situations
  • Record observations about communication theories in a journal.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Course introduction (1 class)
  • History of human communication and language (1 class)
  • Definition of human communication (1 class)
  • Theories of communication (3 classes)
  • The meaning of words (semantics) (1 class)
  • Management of meaning (1 class)
  • Nonverbal communication (1 class)
  • Interpersonal Communication (2 classes)
  • Commination in relationships (5 classes)
  • Mental processes in communication (2 classes)
  • Organizational communication (2 classes)
  • Persuasive communication (3 classes)
  • The Role of technology in communication (1 class)
  • Culture and communication (3 classes)
  • Gender and communication (2 classes)
  • Ethics and communication (1 class)

Dianne Bender

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