An introduction to the theory and practice of purposeful leadership and participation in group, committee, conference, and public discussion. A focus of this course will include analysis and participation in small groups, how small groups function and an examination of conflict management in small groups. Group interaction will focus on a service learning activity that has outreach components.
The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will focus on similarities and differences in communication. Perceptions, language usage, nonverbal style, thinking modes, and values all will be explored to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures.
Meets MSU-Northern General Education Core Cultural Diversity (CAT V) requirement.
Montana University System Core Course
This course features the study of the communication process in an organizational society. This study includes an examination of contrasting theories of organization. The class will also examine the role of communication in different types of organizational structures, the impact of organizational culture and performance, and the nature of communication on different levels within the organization. Particular attention will be paid to the constituting nature of communication in contemporary organizations.
Examination of the current state of representative theorizing about communication. Includes a summary of communication theories and examination of the root assumptions, conceptualizations, and explanatory power of the major theories of the nature of communication.