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Welcome to Wikiversity's Division of Communication
Part of the Social Sciences Group of WikiU
Communication is the process of exchanging information usually via a common system of symbols.
For the time being, this school will be modeled on the Speech Communication major offered by many United States Universities. The Theater Arts option will be given little attention, but it is important to note the value of the craft. Great communicators are skilled actors not pedantic academics nor eccentric philosophers. Oratory experience (dare I say, skill) is a requirement within the University system. Though I hope to offload these courses to other schools, as an interdisciplinary college, attendence must be given to the Humanities aspect of the Communication major.
Disclaimer: I am currently a student of Oregon State University and much of this College is derrived from their catalog. I've spent due time searching through other University catalogs and am confident that the curriculum is generally accepted through the U.S. college system. Once others have contributed to this project, the first-person voice of this page will be edited.
Visit the following courses if you have not attended college or feel that you may need a refresher.
- The 100 level classes of the Wikiversity:School of Literature and English Studies are essential to any college curriculum.
- The introductory course of the School:Sociology provides a foundation for cultural anthropology.
These courses are third year communication classes. The first two years of study are typically interdisciplinary introductions. Within the communication field, students are required to enroll in two public speaking classes. Community colleges offer third and fourth year courses but without the depth nor breadth of writing demanded in a University course. The public speaking classes have a few purposes. First, you're introduced to yourself, on camera, speaking in front of an audience. Second, you're introduced to the fight or flight response, the terror of speaking before a group (of two dozen people). Finally, you are introduced to the extemporaneous speech style, which you produce after submit a full sentence essay/argument.
The two speaking classes consist of three to four persuasive (and informative) speeches, accompanied by two to four page papers. There may also be a supplemental textbook, extolling the virtues of ethical argumentation. After six speeches, you should be familiar with the symptoms you personally experience (these may include shaking, dry mouth, heavy breathing, stuttering, fast-talking) and from video-recording, have some idea of what the audience actually witnesses. Anxiety is absolutely normal, the show must go on, and the audience may be none-the-wiser. Students are graded for the quality of their essay, and for the continuity of their speech. For instance, stuttering may interupt the rhythm of a speech, but as long as the speaker continues through the impedement, they are graded positively.
The first and second year communication classes require approximately 6 - 8 pages of well-written copy. They may be composed in multiple essays or a single essay. Your third-year course will demand 8 - 14 pages. It may be one long essay or two shorter essays. The fourth year demands 14 - 24 pages. All essays are double-spaced. The fourth year will have at least two essays, it may have one long essay of 12 - 14 pages following a series of short responses.
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- Forms of communication
- Speech Acts
- Interpersonal communication
- Relationship development
- Cross-cultural communication
- International negotiation, diplomacy
- Gender Topics
- Mass communications
- Public and media relations
- Public affairs, domestic diplomacy
- Media Studies
- Small group communication
- Technical communication
- Nonverbal communications
- Haptics, Proxemics, Sign Language, Symbols
- Popular Culture
- Rhetorical Criticism Syllabi: CSUN
- Communication Theory Wikibook:Communication Theory
- Study Guides:
- Text: Foss, Sonja K. Rhetorical Criticism: Exploration and Practice.
- Dramatistic Criticism, Fantasy Theme Analysis
- Persuasion Syllabi: Radford
- Propaganda on Wikibooks
- Syllabi on Propaganda: USC
- Mike Markel's Technical Communication
- A Guide to Simplified English
- Study Aids
- Oregon State University Communication courses
- Oregon State Faculty
Wikiversity:School of Engineering:Experimental self communication in development in conjunction with Wikiversity:School of Communication Local faculty or participants are welcome to relocate this to proper link location but please update the backlink in the general engineering fundamentals course link as well until a fully developed, active, and advertised course is placed appropriately within the Wikiversity. Thanks! Lazyquasar 16:55, 2 December 2005 (UTC)