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5: Communication Theory

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    42824
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    Learning Objectives

    After reading this chapter you should be able to:

    • Define theory and explain its functions.
    • Demonstrate how theories are developed.
    • Explain what makes a useful theory.
    • Understand the idea of Theoretical Paradigms.
    • Explain the Empirical Laws Paradigm.
    • Explain the Human Rules Paradigm.
    • Explain the Systems Theory Paradigm.
    • Explain the Rhetorical Theory Paradigm.
    • Explain the Critical Theory Paradigm.

    Thumbnail: international model of communication. (CC BY-SA-NC; anonymous).​​​​


    5: Communication Theory is shared under a CC BY-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Scott T. Paynton & Laura K. Hahn with Humboldt State University Students.