Studies in Communication and Culture
Our programs provide our students with the tools that a communication professional needs, including the skills, mechanisms, processes and theories of interpersonal, intercultural, mediated, and organizational communication. However, central to the role of the communication professional is students’ capacity as professionals for critical reflection.
Critical thinking is not a discrete dimension of an educator’s purpose but an ethic or way of life that enhances a communication professional’s strategic capacity. As such, we nurture a community of thinkers where, along with the knowledge and skills of communication, the norms and practices of thoughtful reflection are reinforced and continuously applied in relevant professional and social contexts.
At the same time, thinking is a practice that can be highly limited in scope and consequentiality. Traditional universities and conservative pedagogies foster intellectual reflection and enlightened cognition at the expense of praxis: of transformative action. At Royal Roads University critical thinking always occasions critical doing. Our highly multidisciplinary programs put a premium on applied research and on the practical implementation of learning. From the production and performance of culture, to the implementation of communication plans, from creative and artistic pursuits of awareness-raising, to putting knowledge at work for organizations, critical doers make a difference by changing for good the communities in which they dwell and work.
Communication and Culture Programs