Communication 10Y, Introduction to Communication, provides an introduction to basic concepts of communication as well as to the various contexts in which communication is studies. By the time students complete CMN 10Y, they have a foundational understanding of how communication works. What's more, they have experience applying communication theories and research to real-world problems and opportunities.
The rapid changes in the global economy, technology, transportation systems and immigration policies have made the world we are living in today an increasingly intersecting global village. California, for example, has become far more culturally diverse than ever before. As a result, direct contact with culturally different people in our communities, schools, workplaces and even families has become an almost inescapable part of our lives. The study of intercultural communication is about acquiring the necessary knowledge and communication skills to manage cultural differences appropriately and effectively so that we are better able to accomplish our personal, social and professional goals. Studying intercultural communication is also about developing a creative mindset to see things from different angles without rigid pre-judgment. It will not only raise our awareness of who we are but also some of our subconscious, deeply rooted assumptions and values, including those that are somewhat biased or flawed.
We create a conceptual understanding of how digital technologies transform our lives, through social media, mobile communication, global connectivity, big data, and artificial intelligence. We talk about how the digital age changes business, health, democracy, global governance, poverty, family relations, dating, and last but not least: education! …with this course being a proof of concept…