Introduction to Communication

Meet the Faculty

John Theobald

John Theobald has taught more than 250 courses since the 1990 - 1991 academic year. He has studied many aspects of media and public communication and is a former television news writer and commentator for various news organizations.  His course subjects include communication campaigns, globalization, and news policies and practices. He teaches first-year seminars on the National Football League, the California wine industry, energy and water issues, public land use, and tourism.

Created by Laramie Taylor and John Theobald

Introduction to Communication

CMN 010V
Spring Quarter 2018
UC Davis, CMN 010V
4 quarter units or 2.67 semester units

Basic principles of communication and communication processes; models of communication; foundations of empirical research in communication; contexts of communication and communication research, including interpersonal, intercultural, news, entertainment, mediated, and others. The two main concepts of the course are social change and technological change by digital means. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is not only an essential building block of a society, but currently also the driving force behind social development. Our generation has the luck to live through –and the responsibility to shape– an era in which mediated information and communication have become the catalyst of human progress. We will deepen our understanding on how social and technological revolutions go hand in hand.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Nov 23, 2018
Registration ends: Jan 6, 2019

First day of instruction: Jan 7, 2019
Last day of instruction: Mar 15, 2019


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John Theobald