Writing In Communication Studies Courses
Are you taking any courses in the field of communication studies? Then this brief guide should give you a good idea about the kind of writing work you can expect to be doing.
Most courses in this field fall under one of four areas of emphasis. These are:
- Interpersonal and organizational communication. This concerns issues and dynamics that occur in different group settings, including one-on-one, small groups and large groups.
- Rhetoric. Often, this examines persuasive and argumentative communication, as done in political and social settings.
- Performance studies. As the name implies, this focuses on he relationships between different types of performance art and everyday life.
- Media/film studies. Here, you explore practical techniques and strategies in media (such as TV and film), as well as its influence in culture.
Most communication studies papers work in much the same way as a lot of academic writing. That is, you study material, evaluate other authors’ treatment of the material and form an original argument about it. The big difference is, in this field, your focus tends to be fixed on a communication phenomenon, with your paper staging an attempt to better understand it.
Of course, papers in these courses will need to receive the same type of care in editing and proofreading as you do with your other subjects. At the least, make sure to use a grammar checking software to guarantee that your ideas come through clearly.