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Mass Communication 110

Introduction to Communication Theory

Number of Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisites: C+ or higher in English 098

Corequisite: English 099​

Text/Readings: There is no text for this course. Weekly readings are on Library Reserve.


Course Description:

This course provides an historical introduction to selected theories about and approaches to the study of human communication. Topics include the role of interpersonal communication in the development of the self, the origins of speech, language and image-making, theories of non-verbal and cross cultural communication and the relationship between oral face-to-face and technologically mediated communication and mass communication.


Course Outline:

WEEK TOPIC
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Communication as Culture. Reading #1
Week 3 Communication and the Development of Selves. Reading #2
Week 4 Interpersonal Communication. MID-TERM #1 Reading #3
Week 5 Non-verbal Communication; Intercultural Communication. Reading #4
Week 6 Speech and Language. Reading #5
Week 7 FILM AND MID-TERM #2
Week 8 Orality and Literacy I: Oral Tradition. Reading #6
Week 9 Orality and Literacy II: The Development of Writing. Reading #7
Week 10 Orality and Literacy III: Print. Reading #8
Week 11 FILM AND MID TERM #3
Week 12 The Bias of Communication: Harold Adams Innis. Reading #9
Week 13 The Medium is the Message: Marshall McLuhan. Reading #10

Evaluation

3 Mid-term Exams 45%
Final Exam 20%
In-Class Presentation 15%
Report 15%
Participation 5%

Instructors:

Jean Hebert, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Ian Chunn, B.A., M.A. (Toronto), B.Ed. (British Columbia)


Transferability: see www.bctransferguide.ca