CIS Communication Theory Exam

Outlined below are some of the major theories discussed in CIS 701 and COM 611:

Jump To:    Summaries    Pre-Modern    Modern    Post-Modern    Democracy    Papers

What is a Theory?

Communication Theory Summaries:

Scientific Paradigms

General Communication Theories

Summaries Of Communication Theories

(my CIS 701 Final Exam)

Pre-Modern Communication Theories:

Orality and Literacy


Modern Communication Theories:

Interpersonal Communication
(Personal Development, Psychology)

Socialization Theories
(Way of Passing On Values)

Signification Theories:  Mass Media

Legitimization Theories:  Public Opinion / Ideology
(Power Structures)

Accumulation Theories:  Diffusion / Modernization
Wealth / Growth


Post-Modern Communication Theories:


- Gaining momentum in the 1960's, the structures / authorities of society were challenged (Vietnam, civil rights, womens rights, etc.)

Signification:  Semiotic Theory

Socialization:  Post-structuralist Theory

Legitimation:  Deconstructive Theory

Accumulation:  Post-Fordist Theory- Accumulation by Dispossession (Harvey)


Democratization Theories:


My CIS 701 Papers:

Book Reviews:

  1. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
  2. Literacy and Orality by Ruth Finnegan
  3. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
  4. Mind, Self and Society by George H. Mead
  5. The Video McLuhan (Marshall McLuhan)
  6. Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  7. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere
  8. The Future of Human Nature by Jurgen Habermas

Final Exam


(to do list)