Communication: Crash Course for Beginners
Learn how communication works, enhance your communication skills, and Unlock your Verified Certificate of Completion
Understand how communication is created and works
A must knowledge in the communication era
We live in a time where communication has become more and more pervasive and essential for our relationships, careers, private and public life. Still, we don’t pay too much attention to it.
Do you recall that conversation episode when you didn’t get through that conversation with someone with different cultural and social background from yours? Or, have you ever guessed why you can’t have a constructive discussion with your boss no matter how much you try? You are not alone. We all do, we struggle to find out what went wrong but most of the times we miss the right answer. This happens because we think we know how to communicate, but reality proves us wrong.
That is why understanding how communication works is very important for it improves our communication skills and makes us more effective communicators.
Content and Overview
In this course you will learn the mechanisms that create and guide human communication. You will explore the various definitions of communication and see how it is created. You will go through the various traditions and contexts of the field and once you finish the course will not only be able to understand how communication works but you will also be able to recognize, analyze, and handle various communication situations. You will get familiar with the elements at play during the communication process and you will be able to communicate in a positive and a constructive way.
You can use this course to help you not only in your university classes (communication is a mandatory field in Law, Literature, Anthropology, Film, Translation, Psychology, Sociology, Political studies and also in Engineering and Computer Science ones), but also at work when you communicate with your colleagues and boss, and almost in every communication you have in your everyday life.
Complete this crash course for beginners, read and explore the material of the course and Unlock your Verified Certificate of Completion.
The unending process of communication
The importance of meaning in communication
Communication as a socialising event
Environments or contexts in communication
The importance of symbols in communication
The linearity of the communication process. The one-way communication.
Interactional or the two-way communication
Simultaneity in communication
Rhetorical or persuasive discourse tradition
The semiotic tradition or the importance of signs in the communication process
The phenomenological tradition or the interpretation of life from a personal point of view
The cybernetic tradition or communication as a system
The socio-psychological tradition or a cause-effect communication
The socio-cultural tradition, the importance of culture in communication
The critical tradition or the criticism of unjust discourses
Interpersonal communication, communication with the others
Organizational context, communication within big or small organizations
Rhetorical or public context, communication to a large audience.
Mass media context, the use of TV, journals, and internet for mass messages
Small group communication, group or team communication
The cultural context, communication between people with different cultural backgrounds
Edmir Kollazi is a communication lecturer and researcher. In the last years, he has held different positions such as a lecturer in Theory of Communication at university levels and as a research and communication specialist for different political parties and governmental institutions. He is in love with literature and very appasionate about reading, walking, trekking and swimming.