Communications Courses

Communications and Public Relations are competitive fields, so having an international experience will allow you to navigate the tough job market with greater confidence. Overseas study is one of the best ways to keep up in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing global world. Regardless of which destination you choose, you will learn first-hand the ways in which cultural norms influence the practice of Communications, Journalism, Media and PR in that country.
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  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Zambia
Area of Study:
  • Communications
    • Communications / Public Relations
    • Journalism, Film & TV and Media

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COURSE: BUSINESS 151G
CREDITS: 15 points

Communication knowledge and skills are essential in business careers and for interpersonal and intercultural relationships. This course offers a theory-based approach combined with applied communication practices. Communication knowledge, competencies and skills are developed through exploring relationships, mediated communication, writing, team dynamics, oral presentation and technologies.

Note: This course has very limited enrolment availability. It is recommended that students apply early and have a second choice course option.

COURSE: COMM 452 / PSY 452
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

Emotion is a fundamental, complex, and sometimes confusing part of human experience. This course surveys the current state of knowledge about human emotion. The questions addressed include the following: What is emotion? Do we find a set of universal basic emotions if we look across cultures? How do we recognize emotions? What are the functions of emotion? Can we control our emotions?

COURSE: IS 330
CREDITS: 1 US credit / 15 contact hours

This course provides an introduction to how diverse backgrounds and experiences impact individual understanding, values, our world view, communication, and how we relate to others. Using theoretical concepts of intercultural communication and cultural studies, the course explores the dynamics of culture as manifested in hidden and visible aspects, physical and verbal communication, global politics, and in the workplace. Readings and workshops will examine cultural manifestation as related to identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability. The course will rely on individual reflection of students’ study abroad and/or internships experiences to develop deeper skills for navigating life in a diverse and global world.

COURSE: COMM 322
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours

The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a solid grounding in theories, principles, and strategies of social influence as they apply to everyday contexts in which influence attempts take place. Students should gain familiarity with findings from empirical investigations on persuasion, social influence, and compliance gaining, and will learn about strategies and techniques of persuasion relating to a wide variety of real-life communication contexts, situations, and cultural dimensions. The study abroad experience will be used to experientially examine and apply the material covered in class.

COURSE: COMM 157
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Analysis of how following personal lives of media-created celebrities impacts self-esteem, connectedness, and personal relationships from cultural studies and social sciences perspectives, and how entities cultivate celebrity for financial gain. Topics include celebrity gossip and privacy, news sharing, public relations, and impact of social media on fan support, image construction, and damage control.

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COURSE: COMM 100
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Pre-requisite: Course 10 or Linguistics 1 or Sociology 1 or Psychology 10.

Analysis of fundamental nature of human communication; its physical, linguistic, psychological, and sociological bases. Study of theoretical models explicating process and constituents of communicative act.

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COURSE: COMM 10
CREDITS: 5 Units

Introduction to fields of mass communication and interpersonal communication. Study of modes, media, and effects of mass communication, interpersonal processes, and communication theory.

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COURSE: COMM 1
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Pre-requisite: Satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing.

Examination of foundations of communication and public speaking. Consideration of number of basic theories related to study of communication and development of skills to enable composition and delivery of speeches in accordance with specific rhetorical concepts. Improvement of ability to analyze, organize, and critically think about communicative messages while becoming better equipped to articulate ideas.

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COURSE: COMM M147
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Studies in relationship between mass communication and social organization. Topics include history and organization of major media institutions, social forces that shape production of mass media news and entertainment, selected studies in media content, and effects of media on society.

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COURSE: MGMT 180
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Topics of special interest to undergraduate students. Specific subjects may vary each term depending on particular interest of instructors or students. Focus on proven methods for succeeding in one-on-one interactions, small groups, and large audiences. Topics include accelerating trust and rapport, best question-asking strategies, executive communication skills, strengthening leadership presence, strengthening one’s relationships, network and reputation, and staying poised under pressure.

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COURSE: COMM 114
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Explanation of types of communication that occur in close relationships, especially romantic relationships. In-depth coverage of variety of relationship topics, including intimacy, stages of intimate relationships, why we choose to get involved with some people as opposed to others, flirting, and self-disclosure.

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COURSE: ISSU9DM
CREDITS: 10 UK credits (24 contact hours + independent study & full-day excursion)
OFFERED: Session 1

This strategic communications module will give an introduction to methods and tools for the understanding, analysis and manipulation of social data. Students will learn about social network analysis, sentiment analysis and topic modelling. They will develop an understanding of how these can help marketers work on their strategies, how journalists write their stories and policymakers take decisions. This module gives students the opportunity to learn about the basic models of social data analysis and cutting-edge methods and software for data analysis.

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