Course code KomZ3002

Credit points 2

Communication Theories

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation20.12.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers


Anna Rāta

Mg. sc. soc.

author doc.

Leonards Leikums

Dr. phil.

Course abstract

The study course allows students to develop their social and communication competences, through acquiring knowledge about most significant communication theories of 20 and 21 century in fields of intercultural, organizational and mass communication. Students will develop skills to use theoretical knowledge for practical evaluation of organisation’s external activity and results, for strategic planning of organisation’s external activity and image making, for communication with mass-media and practical solving of different problematic ethical and psychological issues, linked with communication.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: student acquires understanding of the major communication theories of 20th, 21. century, understands the basic insights about the nature, types and processes of communication,
Skills: perfects the ability to formulate the organization's goals and directions of external relations,develops skills to analyze and evaluate the organization's external communications, to cooperate with the media, to oversee the preparation of promotional material and present organizations at home and abroad, to communicate with different stakeholders at local and international level, to deal flexibly with communication problems and conflicts on the basis of the requirements of professional ethics and social psychology.
Competence: as a result, students develop their social and communicative competence and be able to plan, coordinate and monitor the organization's external communication.

Compulsory reading

1. Krauklis J., Ločmelis J. Komunikāciju leksikons. Rīga: Jumava, 2004. 208 lpp.
2. Herbsts D. Komunikācija uzņēmumā. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2007. 119 lpp.
3. Frīdmens T.L. Pasaule ir plakana: īsa 21. gadsimta vēsture. Rīga: Jumava, 2009. 566 lpp.
4. Reņģe V. Mūsdienu organizāciju psiholoģija. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2007. 215 lpp.

Further reading

1. Milēviča I. Ievads komunikācijas teorijās. Lekciju konspekts [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 10.12.2011.]. Pieejams:
2. Rozenvalde I. Preses lasītāja svešvārdu vārdnīca. Rīga: Nordik, 2004. 520.lpp.
3. Панфилова А.П. Деловая коммуникация в профессиональной деятельности. Санкт Петербург: Знание, 2005.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Psiholoģijas pasaule: PP. - Rīga: Daro Cēsis. 2007.-2011. ISSN 1691.