SB 1440 Implications

SB 1440 Implications
SB 1440, state legislation, authorizes the CCCs to individually create transfer degrees with 18 (or
more) semester units in the major. Essentially, the CCCs will have control over 60 units and the
CSU will have control over 60 units. Students who take courses in the major at the CCCs are not
supposed to be made to repeat a comparable course at the CSU. That is, you cannot require
transfers with an AA degree in the Communication major to repeat coursework unless it is not
One of the reasons the state law was enacted is because CSU campuses were making transfer
students repeat coursework even when the same book and same adjunct instructors were teaching
the course at a CCC.
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Title: Introduction to Communication Studies or
Introduction to Communication Theory
General Course Description:
A survey of the discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple epistemological,
theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of
knowledge about human communication. This course explores the basic history, assumptions,
principles, processes, variables, methods, and specializations of human communication as an
academic field of study.
Course Content:
Foundations – Definitions and Context
History of Communication Study
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Basic Communication Theory
Basic Communication Research Methods
Specializations May Include:
a. Rhetoric
b. Forensics
c. Argumentation
d. Persuasion
e. Public Communication
f. Mass Communication
g. Interpersonal Communication
h. Group Communication
i. Intercultural Communication
j. Gender Communication
k. Organizational Communication
l. Oral Interpretation/Performance Studies
m. Communication Ethics
n. Emerging Specializations
1. Health Communication
2. New Technologies
3. Computer Mediated Communication
Course Objectives:
Explain and apply the basic concepts of the field of communication.
Discuss the history of the study of human communication.
Critically discuss and write about human communication theories and events.
Compare and contrast the basic research methods for the evaluation of human
communication phenomena.
5. Explain the contextual, cultural, and social foundations of human communication.
6. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the specializations comprising the communication
7. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical perspectives in communication.
8. Summarize and explain an expanded world perspective that demonstrates an appreciation
of the diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints.
Methods of Evaluation:
Quizzes and examinations, projects, oral and written assignments, class participation, and other
outside assignments.
Sample Textbooks or Other Support Materials:
Sarah Trenholm, Thinking Through Communication (latest edition).
Boston: Pearson/AB, 2008.
Julia Wood, Communication Mosaics (latest edition), Wadsworth.
Tubbs and Moss, Human Communication, Principles and Contexts (latest edition). McGrawHill.
Bourhis, J. Adams, C., Titsworth, S. & Hunter, L. Style Manual for Communication Studies.
(latest edition). McGraw-Hill.
Dues, M. & Brown, M. (latest edition). Boxing Plato’s Shadow: The study of human
communication. McGraw-Hill.
Griffin, M. (latest edition). A First Look at Communication Theory. McGraw-Hill Higher
Title: Intercultural Communication
General Course Description:
Introduction to intercultural communication in domestic and/or global contexts. Influence of
cultures, languages, and social patterns on how members of groups relate among themselves and
with members of different ethnic and cultural groups. Theory and knowledge of effective
communication within and between cultures. Appreciation and comparison of communication of
diverse groups within the larger context of American culture.
Course Content:
1. Theories and principles of intercultural communication.
2. Components of culture
a. Worldview
b. Core values/beliefs
c. Norms and roles
d. Assimilation, enculturation
e. Ethics and morals
3. Components of communication
a. Language
b. Nonverbal codes
c. Perception
d. Competencies
4. Barriers to Intercultural communication
a. Ethnocentrism
b. Stereotyping
c. Prejudice
d. Discrimination
e. Power
f. Culture shock
5. Social and Psychological Variables
a. high context/low context
b. individualism/collectivism
c. power distance
d. the relationship between humans and nature
e. similarities and differences in communication patterns
Course Objectives:
1. Recognize and articulate how core values, worldview, and communication patterns shape
cultural and individual identity.
2. Identify the components of culture and communication and their interrelationship.
3. Explain how culture influences verbal and nonverbal communication.
4. Comprehend the social and psychological variables of culture and its expression.
5. Discuss the diverse ways of thinking, perceptions and interpretations.
6. Compare and contrast cultural communication strategies in various contexts.
7. Recognize barriers to effective intercultural competencies such as stereotyping, prejudice,
and ethnocentrism.
8. Identify elements of common ground among diverse cultures.
Methods of Evaluation:
Quizzes and examinations, projects, oral and written assignments, class participation, and other
outside assignments.
Sample Textbooks or Other Support Materials:
Cooper, P., Calloway-Thomas, C., and Simonds, C. J. (latest version). Intercultural
Communication: A Text with Readings. Pearson Education.
Gonzales, A., Houston, M. and Chen, V. (latest edition). Our Voices: Essays in Culture,
Ethnicity, and Communication. Roxbury.
Lustig, M.W. and Koester, J. (latest edition). Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal
Communication Across Cultures. Pearson
Martin, J. and Nakayama, T. (latest edition). Experiencing Intercultural Communication: An
Introduction. McGraw-Hill.
Samovar, L.A. and Porter R. E. and McDaniel E. R. (latest edition) Intercultural Communication:
A Reader. Thomson Wadsworth.
Title: Small Group Communication
General Course Description:
Principles of communication in a variety of group contexts. Theory, application, and evaluation
of group communication processes, including problem solving, conflict management, decision
making, and leadership.
Course Content:
In small group settings, the course will devote substantial class time to preparation, practice, and
participation in oral communication, including:
1. Oral presentation
2. Providing and receiving feedback about both the content and forms of communication.
3. Organizing, evaluating, and reporting information
4. Persuasion
5. Effective listening
6. Problem –solving communication skills
7. Conflict management
8. Decision making
9. Communication and leadership
10. Context, audience, and purposes of small-group communication: Dyads, small and
large groups, public settings, and group dynamics and/or roles within groups.
Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
Exhibit effective problem-solving communication skills
Demonstrate successful conflict-management strategies
Engage in sound reasoning to reach a well-reasoned decision.
Identify communication skills that contribute to effective leadership.
Demonstrate the ability to discover, critically evaluate and accurately report information
Organize presentations effectively
Students will demonstrate ability to effectively prepare for and deliver presentations
within small group settings.
8. The psychological, social, and cultural basis and significance of oral communication as it
occurs in dyads, small and large groups, and public settings.
9. Explain the psychological, social, and cultural basis and significance of oral
communication as it occurs in dyads, small and large groups, and public settings.
10. Demonstrate effective listening skills in various settings.
11. Adapt communication strategies to fit the audience and situation
12. Present their views with persuasive force.
Methods of Evaluation:
Quizzes and tests; papers; group and individual presentations.
Sample Textbooks or Other Support Materials:
Engleberg, I. & Wynn, D. Working in Groups. (latest edition) Allyn & Bacon.
Rothwell, In Mixed Company. (latest edition). Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Title: Interpersonal Communication
General Course Description:
Principles of verbal and nonverbal transactions that occur in relationships. Study of theory and
research findings and their application to communication in interpersonal relationships in
personal and professional contexts.
Course Content:
Theories and principles of interpersonal communication
Verbal and nonverbal interactions
Interpersonal communication in various contexts, including personal and professional
The effects of communication on perceptions and personal identities
Ethical interpersonal communication
Conflict and resolution in interpersonal relationships
Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe ways that communication creates, develops and changes personal identities;
explain the effect of communication on personal identities.
2. Describe the effects of communication on interpersonal relationships and social
and cultural realities;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical interpersonal communication founded on
communication theory and research; and
4. Diagnose conflict in interpersonal relationships and demonstrate appropriate conflict
resolution methods.
Methods of Evaluation:
Quizzes and tests; oral presentations; written reports; journaling.
Sample Textbooks or Other Support Materials:
Adler, R. Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication. (latest edition). Oxford
University Press
Adler, R. & Proctor II, R. Looking Out, Looking In. (latest edition) Wadsworth Publishing
Wood, J. Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters. (latest edition). Wadsworth
Title: Argumentation or Argumentation and Debate
General Course Description:
Methods of critical inquiry and advocacy. Identifying fallacies in reasoning and language, testing
evidence and evidence sources, advancing a reasoned position, and defending and refuting
arguments. Analysis, presentation, and evaluation of oral and written arguments.
Course Content:
Methods of critical inquiry, reasoning, and
Advocacy and argumentation techniques
Logical fallacies
Research skills, analysis and evaluation of evidence and sources
Critical analysis of discourse
Analysis, presentation, and evaluation of oral and written arguments
Course Objectives:
1. Learn to critically evaluate reasoning and evidence.
2. Develop an understanding of the reasoning process and skill in utilizing various methods
of reasoning.
3. Learn how to analyze, advocate, and criticize ideas, especially through the process
of debate.
4. Learn to recognize fallacies of reasoning.
5. Develop research skills.
6. Foster the use of critical thinking skills in oral and written communication.
Methods of Evaluation:
Oral presentation of arguments; examinations; evaluation of the oral arguments of others; written
analysis of reasoning and arguments; use of appropriate evidence from research.
Sample Textbooks or Other Support Materials:
Rybacki, D. & Rybacki, K. Advocacy and Opposition. (latest edition). Allyn & Bacon.
Crossman, M. Burden of Proof: An Introduction to Argumentation and Guide to
Parliamentary Debate. (latest edition). Custom Publishing.