The Communication Theory course lays the foundation for a solid educational base in communication studies. The course offers an in-depth understanding of communication process, types and kinds of communication, and gives a brief overview of the history and evolution in communication. Practical seminars not only allow to apply theory to practice through practical assignments but also develop relevant communication skills (discussions, team work, presentations, round-tables, Internet-based research, etc.).
The course will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to communication theory (4 hours)
- definition of communication theory
- forms of human communication
- elements of communication process
- principles of human communication.
- Models of communication. Main stages of communication theory development (4 hours).
- Types of communication (6 hours)
- verbal communication
- denotative and connotative meaning
- forms and styles of verbal communication
- nonverbal communication: definition and functions
- channels of nonverbal communication: body and facial communication, eye and space communication, artifactual and touch communication, paralanguage, silence, time and smell communication.
- Forms of communication (2 hours)
- interpersonal communication
- communication competence
- small group communication
- small groups and teams
- small group formats, stages, culture
- types of groups
- mass communication.
- Organizational Communication. Public speaking. Intercultural communication (2 hours).
- Internet communication. Media communication: specific features of each communication channel (2 hours).
Homework will be assigned weekly. You will be expected to study the books from the reading list, listen to lectures from native speakers, perform small tests. You will be required to prepare one presentation (mini-lecture) throughout the course, be ready for discussions and question-answer sessions.