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Foundations of Communication


This course provides an introduction to communication for students in the communication management program. Specifically, the course

  • gives an overview and history of the field of communication research,
  • introduces general theories to understand the conditions for effective communication
  • discusses these theories in important communication contexts (such as teams, organizations, or mass media)

The course is designed to acquaint students with the broad and exciting field of communication and provide a fundamental understanding of the core concepts that build the basis for effective communications.

Course content

Communication Foundations

  • Theoretical foundations of the field of communication
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives in communication research

Communication Processes and Skills

  • Perceiving and understanding
  • Engaging in verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Listening and responding
  • Creating communication climates
  • Adapting communication to cultures and social communities

Contexts of Communication

  • Communication and personal identity
  • Communication in relationships, groups, and teams
  • Communication in, by, and about organizations
  • Public speaking
  • Mass communication
  • Digital media and online communication


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