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Ch 11: Types of Communication

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Learn the definition of communication and explore various types of communication and their uses. Examine mass media in the United States and discuss its influence.

Types of Communication - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons define communication and look at different communication types and their purpose. One lesson explores the theory of symbolic interactionism in sociology, along with the controversy that surrounds it.

Other lessons examine mass media, with a look at its history in the U.S. and its role in society. You'll learn about propagandist media and study private and state-owned media. This chapter's studies will prepare you to:

  • Evaluate why communication is important
  • Give the characteristics of several types of communication, including formal, grapevine and non-verbal
  • Explain the theory of symbolic interactionism
  • Discuss the influence of mass media in our society
  • Relate the history of journalism in the U.S.
  • Report examples of propaganda
  • Differentiate between state-controlled and private media

These lessons are led by professionals who make learning enjoyable while showing you important information. Self-assessment quizzes at the end of each video lesson let you test your knowledge, and the jump feature in the timeline makes it easy to go back to review key points. You also can contact the instructor if you need additional help.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Types of Communication
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What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

1. What is Communication? - Definition & Importance

Any task or transaction that requires more than one person can only be successfully completed with communication. In this lesson, you'll learn what communication is, types of communication and the importance of communication.

Types of Communication: Formal, Informal, Grapevine, Verbal & Non-Verbal

2. Types of Communication: Formal, Informal, Grapevine, Verbal & Non-Verbal

Communication is essential for success in any business, and the type of communication will vary given the circumstances and business needs. In this lesson, you'll learn about verbal, non-verbal, formal, informal and grapevine communication.

What Is Mass Media? - Definition, Types, Influence & Examples

3. What Is Mass Media? - Definition, Types, Influence & Examples

Mass media is the means used to communicate to the general public. In this lesson, you will learn the different platforms for mass media and the influence that mass media has on society.

Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

4. Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

The mass media includes print media, broadcast media, social media and other types of communication. This lesson explores the development of the mass media in the United States and its role in the American political process.

Propagandist: Definition & Examples

5. Propagandist: Definition & Examples

In this lesson we will begin by defining the term 'propaganda,' and then move on to learn what a 'propagandist' is. We will look through history to identify famous propagandists.

Private vs. State-Controlled Media

6. Private vs. State-Controlled Media

This lesson will explore the differences between private and state-controlled media. In doing so it will highlight the 1st Amendment as well as the concept of propaganda.

Symbolic Interactionism in Sociology: Definition, Criticism & Examples

7. Symbolic Interactionism in Sociology: Definition, Criticism & Examples

This lesson describes a way of looking at the world that focuses on communication, meaning and symbols. You'll review a real-world example of this approach and explore the criticisms from those who prefer other sociological methods.

Facial Expressions in Nonverbal Communication: Importance & Explanation

8. Facial Expressions in Nonverbal Communication: Importance & Explanation

Facial expressions are a very important part of communication. Though nothing is said verbally, there is much to be understood about the messages we send and receive through the use of nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions.

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