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HOD-859 Communications Theory and Practice

4 semester credits
This course engages students in an overview of communications theory based on the school of Symbolic Interactionism, Dramatistic Theory, Critical Communications Theory and Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) theory. The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) theory has been taught at Fielding for over 20 years through the influence of W. Barnett Pearce, and employed by many alumni in research and practice. It is also connected to a larger scholarly community through the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, and has resulted in other applications such as intercultural (“Cosmopolitan”) communication and coordination across boundaries. Through examination of the basic text (“Creating Social Worlds”) and related scholarly articles, learners will become aware of the development of ideas related to social construction (such as symbolic interactionism), and gain competence in applying both the theories and heuristics to understand how meaning is made at the individual, cultural, and systemic levels (complex social systems) and how this can affect formation and adaptation of “worldviews” and explain (or transform) conflict.  Finally, the use of CMM as a “practical theory” for framing research projects will be explored.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Objective(s):
  • Ability to trace the development of the scholarly field of social construction of reality and identify major theorists and their ongoing evolution in scholarship and practice. This will include works and contributions by Meade, Berger and Luckmann, Pearce, Cronin, and others.
  • Explain the “communication perspective” of looking “at” (not “through”) communication, and apply various heuristics of CMM to analyze an episode or phenomenon of interest to identify what is being “made in communication,” and the roles of context, logical force, and other related conceptual tools.



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