CMS 301: Theories of Communication

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to

  1. identify, explain and compare theoretical concepts;
  2. apply theories to real communication and media situations;
  3. critique theories, pointing out their strengths and limitations; and
  4. explain and apply any of the theories in research and practice.
Course Contents

Exploration and analysis of major theories and approaches that deal with the nature, uses and effects of media and communication as applied to various types of communication and elements of the communication process (source, message, channels, receiver (audience)); the relationship between theory and research and the relevance of the latter to the success of the former are discussed. The student will be expected to understand the key concept of each theory and to be able to apply them to real communication and media issues and events. The course will explore the historical and contemporary development of the theories.