Basic Course in Communication

The university-level basic course in communication is the foundation and most enduring educational feature of the communication discipline. It has always been a course that provides training in oratory with the primary purpose to foster communication competence. Origins of the course are rooted in Western civilization with a concentration on public speaking and public discourse, which allows for democratic practice and illustrates the essential role of oral communication for human interaction. This entry provides an examination of the evolution of the basic communication course as well as the variation of what and how the course is taught.

Unfolding the Foundation of the Discipline

Not yet formally known as the “basic course in communication,” it was, nevertheless, the focal point for the development ...

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