Communication and Culture | Buisiness and Professional Communication
C223 | 2966-2975 | Jamie Skerski


(Fulfills COAS S&H Distribution Requirement)

Course Director: Jamie Skerski
E-Mail: jskerski@indiana.edu
Office: Mottier 258
Office Hours: MW 11:00A-12:30P (Education Library)
Phone: 5-0844

C223 is a course designed to familiarize students with the dynamic
and complex relationship between organizations and their surrounding
communities and cultures. Organizations have been credited with any
number of negative developments in society (e.g., Exxon destroying
the environment), as well as a considerable positive advances (e.g.,
Green Peace saving the environment). Emphasizing the student's role
as a thoughtful producer and consumer of communication, this class
will focus on how individuals, organizations, and cultures can be
influenced to enhance community life.

Students in C223 will examine communication behaviors commonly
occurring in organizational settings, as well as developing the
skills needed for effective communication in diverse organizational
contexts. Students will study theories of leadership, ethics,
culture, learning, persuasion, group dynamics, and civic engagement.
Cultivating the skills necessary to communicate effectively with
diverse audiences will increase students' awareness of the
underlying communication processes (both verbal and nonverbal)
necessary for organizational success. C223 students will participate
in a variety of communication activities, including an informational
interview (playing the role of interviewer), a group or team
presentation that focuses on an organizational or community problem
and its solution, and two or more public presentations that involve
some form of persuasion or advocacy (e.g., a speech that advocates
the boycotting of some product, company, or policy). In addition to
oral assignments, students will be asked to develop a set of
interviewing questions, to collaboratively develop a team/group
agenda, to write a speaking self-critique, and to complete other
exams an/or short written projects. Finally, effective listening and
critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the course.