Theories of communication in small-group interaction, especially in decisionmakingand conflict resolution; examination of the experimentalliterature.
Special issues, problems, methods, or applications related to communication theory. Methodological focus varies. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours when topic varies.
Descriptionof the nature of symbols and the major forms of symbolic systemsused in speech communication.
Communication-basedtheories of interpersonal influence, compliance-gaining, andresponses to compliance. Focus on the social scientific research oninterpersonal influence from the seminar research in the area to recenttheoretical and methodological advances. Topics such as strategiesof compliance-gaining, theories of interpersonal influence, the roleof personality in compliance-gaining interactions, and compliancegainingresistance are covered.
Analysis of communication systems in complex organizationswith a focus on communication and organizational goals. Researchmethodologies emphasizing field study methods.
Intensive study of the means whereby individuals communicate,perpetuate, and develop their world views and ethos, with emphasison the nature and function of communication among, between, and/or within cultures.
Exploration of the functions of interpersonal communication such asuncertainty reduction, social support, self-presentation, influence,and relationship maintenance; examines sociocultural expectationsfor verbal and nonverbal interaction.
Analysis ofmotives for developing and criteria for evaluating communicationtheories. Introduces empirical, interpretive, and critical communicationtheories, including theories focused on specific contexts such asclose relationships, organizational networks, and media processing.
Communication in the development andpractice of leadership in modern organizations. Theory and researchconcerning leadership and communication.
Use of communication to identify performancegaps and direct informed organizational change. Theory and researchconcerning the central role of communication in organizationaldevelopment.
Focus on such functions as public relations,marketing, advertising, lobbying, fund raising, long-range planning,government relations, crisis management, sales, and media relations.Theory and research concerning the use of external communicationin accomplishing organizational goals.
Communication theory and research about conflict management,negotiation/bargaining, and mediation; emphasis on interpersonal,group, and organizational contexts.
Selected areas of researchon persuasion and application of various theories to persuasivesituations such as political campaigns, advertising, and social issues.May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours provided thereis no duplication of subject matter.