An advanced course designed to build critical understanding of the dynamics of human communication in several contexts, including intrapersonal, interpersonal and mass communication. Selected theories will emphasize the functions of language and social interaction in constructing meaning and facilitating communication. Theories about power, gender and the media will help to clarify the subjective nature of perception and culture in human communication. The nature and function of social scientific theory forms a framework for an understanding of classical and contemporary ideas about ethical communication. Prerequisites: COM-225, COM-260.