Advanced Communication Theory – DIGI 715

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/02/2022

Course Description

This course is an examination of the most current theories, scholarship, and published research in all areas of communication field.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to provide doctoral students with a structured forum for examining communication theory and research and the development of this field of study. The course will encourage an interdisciplinary approach to studying the theories, research, issues, and published works of contemporary scholars who have contributed much to this area of study. While it is impossible in one course to study and discuss all the current theoretical positions relevant to the field, we will critically review most of the emergent theoretical perspectives.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to critique communication with their own Christian Worldview.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge about and ability to describe current issues in communication theory.
  3. Provide a critical response, including strengths and weaknesses, to given communication theories.
  4. Explain the underlying philosophical structures or worldviews of given communication theories.
  5. Develop critical and analytical skills regarding communication theories.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.

Philosophical Assumptions and Worldview Paper, MLO: (A, C, D, E)

The student will write a 4-page research-based paper in current APA format. The paper will use the six philosophical assumptions as described in course reading to describe how a communication scholar can articulate these assumptions as part of both (separately) a scientific/naturalistic worldview and a Biblical worldview. The paper must include at least 5 reference(s), which may include the course reading and the Bible.

Discussions, (8) MLO: (A, B, C, D, E)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post their papers on the correct discussion thread. In addition, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ papers. Each reply must be 150 words, follow APA formatting, include at least 2 reference(s), and demonstrate course-related knowledge.

Theory and Worldview Alignment Paper(s) (2), MLO: (A, C, D, E)

The student will write two (2) 4-page research-based papers in current APA format on a theory of their choice from the assigned chapters. The paper(s) will use the elements of the chosen theory to consider an alignment with both a scientific/naturalistic and Biblical worldview. The paper(s) must include at least 5 reference(s), which may include the course reading and the Bible.

Theory Response Paper(s) (3), MLO: (B, C, E)

The student will write three (3) 4-page research-based papers in current APA format on a theory of their choice from the assigned chapters. The paper(s) will review the major concepts, elements, strengths, and weaknesses of the theory, and explain how it integrates into what the student knows about a specific element of applied communication and/or other communication theories. The paper(s) must include at least 5 reference(s), which may include the course textbooks and the Bible. 

Journal/Conference Paper, MLO: (B, C, E)

The student will write a 10-25-page research-based paper in current APA format on or using an identifiable communication theory for submission to a particular academic journal or conference (call for papers and guideline documentation must be included). Either original research or a critical analysis of a theory is acceptable for this assignment. The paper must include at least 20 reference(s) which may include the course textbooks and the Bible.

Journal/Conference Paper Discussion, MLO: (B, C, E)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post their Journal/Conference paper on the correct discussion forum. In addition, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ papers for each forum. Each reply must be 150 words, follow APA formatting, include at least 2 reference(s), and demonstrate course-related knowledge.

Paper and Worldview Alignment Paper, MLO: (A, B, C, D, E)

The student will write a 4-page research-based paper in current APA format. The student will use the elements of their Week Six research paper to write a response that considers the paper’s alignment with both a scientific/naturalistic and Biblical worldview. The paper must include at least 5 reference(s) which may include the course textbooks and the Bible.