Interesting courses in the Department of Communication
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Communication theory and research on the uses and effects of video games. Research methods available for investigating game use and the impact of games on behavior. Application of those methods in a research project.
Communication in interpersonal contexts. Sender, receiver, and message variables, and their interaction with communication competence. Participation in simulations and experiential exercises.
Research on the adaptive and maladaptive effects of media (e.g., television, movies, video games, social media) on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of youth, considering the protective role of parents, teachers, ethics and policy.
Explorations in the Strategic Use of Technologies to Affect Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors How does Facebook make you buy more products? Do fitness trackers help people lose weight? Does augmented reality benefit education and learning? These are the kinds of questions addressed in a new course in the Department of Communication – CMN 178: Persuasive Technologies.
In this online class 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! …and we walk the talk…
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.
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.