COM 290

Communication Theory

Fall 2008





This course examines the assumptions embedded in and influencing current and past communication theories.  How communication theory "creates" concepts of self and knowledge is discussed.  Ethical dimensions of theory and method are considered.  Examination of the components of theories, their value and ways of classifying them.  Emphasis is placed on being critical of the application and use of theory.  Activities and assignments will stress the necessity for reading what others have to say on daily matters of communication, as well as assessing the quality of material available to the scholar.

Required Reading:

John Bourhis, Carey Adams, and Scott Titsworth.  (2009).  Style Manual for Communication Studies, 3rd Edition. McHGraw Hill.

ISBN-13 9780073534206

16 used & new available from $26.77


Gerald Stone, Michael Singletary, and Virginia P. Richmond.  (1999)  Clarifying Communication Theories:  A Hands-On Approach.  New York:  Wiley- Blackwell.

ISBN-13: 978-0813802923

30 used & new available from $10.50.  Be careful ordering this used, as the pages of the book are perforated and tear out.  Used copies may have pages missing.


Jeffrey T. Nealon & Susan Searls Giroux.  (2003).  The Theory Toolbox:  Critical Concepts for the New Humanities.  Lamnham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

ISBN-13: 978-0742519947

49 used & new available from $10.74

Partial List of Theories


Avoiding Plagiarism 

APA Manuals Online 

APA Online

APA Style

More APA

Notes on Theory Toolbox

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six


Short Papers
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