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PFS 831 Case Studies in Organizational Communication

PFS 831.  Case Studies in Organizational Communication.  3 Credits.     

This course explores the ways we organize ourselves through communication, both within and beyond traditionally-structured organizations. We'll examine traditional, new and emerging messages, practices and structures used to organize people across traditional boundaries. The course will explore "hidden" forms of organization that shape our personal experiences and public discourse, ranging our informal professional networks to a variety of online "dark web" groups organizing followers around non-traditional belief systems. Discussion will explore the role of loss of trust in formal institutions, technology and social media, and groups seeking to intentionally disrupt and dismantle traditional forms of organization. Participants will recognize the full range of ways communication can be used to (dis)organize groups, create new organizations and social movements, and influence public discourse and organizations.