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Introduction to Communications

Day 1 Lecture

Sarah Snider

on 28 August 2014

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Transcript of Introduction to Communications

An introduction
Become a better communicator
This is not common sense
To become more adept at making sense of what is happening in your life.
Why should we study communications?
It is the foundation of your personal life & identity
Communication & Your life
Language differentiates us from other beings
How we see ourselves is founded in communication
Communication influences our physical and psychological well-being.
disclosing information
solving problems together
small talk and everyday communication
Communication also plays a role in destructive relationships:
Abuse & violence
Communication = foundation of relationships with others
Professional Success
Foundation of Civic life & Healthy Society
Democracy requires reason
Listen, speak & deliberate
Communication skills help us interact with people who are different from us.
A systemic process in which people interact through symbols to create and interpret meanings.
Ongoing, always changing
Communication is a process
System: set of interconnected parts-
interrelated & interacting.
Communication is systemic
Symbols are arbitrary, ambiguous, abstract representations of other things.
Communication is Symbolic
t+a+b+l+e =
2 levels of meaning I will constantly be asking you to keep in mind:
Content level meanings- literal meaning of messages
Relationship level meanings- what is expressed about the relationship between communicators in messages they send and receive.
Communication involves meanings
Howard Laswell
Shannon & Weaver
Linear Model of Communication
Wilbur Schramm

Builds on linear model
Include feedback
Interactive Model of Communication
Captures the dynamism of human communication

Portrays communication as changing over time
Transactional Model
Models of "the communication process"



Mass Communication

Training & Consulting

Human Relations & Management
Careers in Communication

College classes that will make you a better job candidate
Top 6 courses for aspiring professionals- Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2012
Companies covet well-rounded employees

– those who can communicate effectivel
y and write well, but also navigate technology and demonstrate business acumen. In particular, young people looking for their first jobs benefit from having a broad range of aptitudes, so the challenge is being both skilled and well rounded at the same time...
Public speaking or debate
Similarly, demonstrating poise and eloquence in brainstorming sessions, meetings or conferences and presentations can quickly make any recent graduate a commodity. "Every college and university graduate should successfully complete at least a few classes in topics such as writing, debate, speech, public speaking, communication,
20th century literature, and more," Rothberg says. "They need these classes to obtain and enhance their communication skills but also be able to concretely demonstrate these skills to potential employers."...
Of course, it's not enough to just take these courses.
Employers have to know that even though your degree is in engineering, you're skilled in public speaking.

"I'm particularly fond of the "Relevant Coursework" section on a resume," Layson of Kenyon College says. "This appears as a sub-section under education
and is particularly useful for students who have not done any internships or worked during their education."

Corax and Tisias were the first known communication theorists and teachers of rhetoric and persuasion.

Classical Roots:
Rhetoric and Democratic Life.

Plato was suspicious of rhetoric because of the possibility of its misuse.

Ancient Cannons of Rhetoric
Sophists taught people how to win arguments by using gimmicks, having no concern for ethics or theory.
5th Century BC
Our text book skips to
Rhetoric was lost for a long time......
The practical art of public speaking was taught
The late 19th and early 20th Century
Then there was World War I
The Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
The Speech Teachers of America (now the National Communication Association)
The establishment of associations for the study of communications:
Early 1900's
Emergence of more scientific approach to studying communication.
ICA (International Communication Association is founded.
Mid 20th Century
Increasing emphasis on research in communication patterns of personal and social relationships
1960's & 1970's
The rise of interpersonal communication
Critical analysis of the Civil Rights & Feminist Movements
Communication & Social Movements
Michel Foucault
The disciplinary power of language

Personal & Social Media

Group & Team
The Breadth of the Communication Field in the 21st Century
Cutting Edge Research & Theory
Wake Forest University
What are Communication Students Doing?
Communication Ethics
There was propaganda
Think about an important person in your life and what their professon is.
Political Communication
Dr. Allan Louden
1988 & 2000 Presidential Debates @ WFU
Bio Medical Ethics
2013 National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Michael Hyde
Editorial board for Critical Studies in Media Communication
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